Traditional Craft

Okiagari Ko-boshi (self-righting dharma doll)

A good-luck charm symbolizing the wisdom that "life is full of ups and downs," and praying for family safety.

The 3cm-tall Okiagari Ko-boshi paper-mache doll are made along with a prayer for long life and perseverance. These properties are demonstrated by the little dolls themselves. Even if they fall, they stand right back up, symbolizing the wisdom of the old sayings "Life is full of ups and downs" and "Even if you fail, try, try again".

There is a custom in Aizuwakamatsu of buying Okiagari Ko-boshi as good luck charms to bring prosperity and safety for one's family from the first market held in the New Year.
People buy the same number of Okiagari Ko-boshi as there are members in their family, plus one extra for good luck!

When you buy one, try knocking it over so that you are sure to buy a doll which stands right back up!


12-35 Nanoka-Machi, Aizuwakamatsu City, Fukushima Pref.
Yamada Mingei Kobo (Yamada Folk Handcraft Studio)
By car: Approx. 10 mins from Aizuwakamatsu Exit on the Ban-etsu Expressway.
By bus: Take the downtown tour bus "Hai-kara San (Mr. Ritzy)" from Aizuwakamatsu Station. The studio is a 4 minute walk from Machikata Densho-kan Mae bus stop.
By taxi: Approx. 5 mins from Aizuwakamatsu Station.
By train: A 10 minute walk from Aizuwakamatsu Station.