Tag Archives: My Illustrations

Daruma Doll

My next illustration is anothery charm from Japan. The Daruma Doll is a Japanese wishing doll modeled after the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls are usually purchased during the new year.

Most of the Daruma dolls are made in Takasaki City and they come with their eyes blank. You’re supposed to draw one of the eyes to upon setting a goal and you draw the other one as a sign of gratitude to the Daruma when you achieve your goal.

Lucky Cat

One of the things I want to do this year is to make more illustrations. What better way to start my project than to draw a lucky charm. This illustration is about the Japanese lucky charm called Maneki-neko or the Beckoning Cat. It is believed to bring good luck to its owner. If the left paw is raised, it is said that it brings customers to establishments and if the right paw is raised,  it’s good luck and wealth.

The bell and bib signify material abundance and wealth. The gold coin is called Koban which is a currency during the Edo period. It is inscribed with the text, 10,000,000 ryo or a huge fortune. There are many folktales about the origin of this figurine.You can read them here.

This print will be for sale once we put up Prints and Illustration section in our in our shop. We’re still thinking if we’re going to offer digital files or prints like cards and posters. I’d love to make a series of illustrations about lucky charms. What are the lucky charms in your country?