What is teru teru bozu? the tragic history behind the japanese fine weather doll


The rainy season can be depressing — unless you brighten it up with a Teru Teru Bozu doll.

Rethành viên the famous scenes from The Notebook, Breakfast at Tiffany’s và Chasing Amy? Yes, those scenes. We wish! In movies, rainy days are primarily signaled by passionate kissing in the rain. Well, I don’t know about you, but my life doesn’t work that way. In my world, rain means melancholy days, moldy interiors, & candy-floss hair. And now that June is here, I hate to lớn be the one to lớn say it but the dreaded rainy season will very soon be upon us.

In a typical manner, however, our host country has its own quiông xã remedy for most things bad — including never-ending rain. It’s called Teru Teru Bozu & it looks lượt thích a tiny Casper. Almost.

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I first came across Teru Teru Bozu around this time last year. To pass time, I was hanging out with my school librarian, a middle-aged woman with a sunny disposition, who lượt thích most Japanese, performed her job to her very best. Unlượt thích me, when she found time lớn spare, she spent it wisely: crafting all sorts of bits & pieces to lớn decorate the school library in hope of bringing joy lớn her students. On this specific occasion, Fukudomain authority sensei was making Teru Teru Bozu in preparation for the rainy season.

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So, what is it?

Teru Teru Bozu or “Japanese rain-prevention dolls,” as I like lớn điện thoại tư vấn them, are traditional handmade dolls made from tissue paper or cloth, usually Trắng and ghost-like in appearance, và hung outside doors & windows in Japan in hope of sunny weather. You’ll see many of them especially during thetsuyu (rainy) season và on special occasions, such as an outdoor festival or harvest events.

The words teru (照る), meaning “khổng lồ shine” and bozu (坊主), referring lớn a Buddhist priest (or someone gone bald), hotline lớn a priest’s magical powers (literally: shine, shine monk) to lớn prsự kiện rain. In particular, Teru Teru Bozu are popular with Japanese children who are first introduced khổng lồ them in kindergarten or daycare through a beautiful, yet slightly creepy nursery rhyme that became popular in 1921. The rhyme calls Teru Teru Bozu to bring bachồng the sunny days, promising that if the wish is fulfilled, lots of sake will be granted, & if not, its neông xã will be chopped off. What can wesay —children’s songs baông chồng in the days were not exactly on par with the Disney tunes we’re used to nowadays.

The Legends

There are multiple legends behind the origins of the dễ thương good-weather dolls, some being quite terrifying. One story traces bachồng Teru Teru Bozu lớn the tragic death of a “Good Weather Monk” back in feudal Japan, who had promised a Japanese village plagued by continuous rain that he would stop the bad weather andrescue the farmland. But the rain continued and the angry feudal lord ordered the monk’sdecapitation và then wrapped his head in a trắng cloth và hung it up to wish for good weather.


Another legend says that the Teru Teru bozu tradition spread from Đài Loan Trung Quốc during the Heian period, & that the bozu was not a monk, but a young girl with a broom. As the story goes, during a time of heavy rainfall, a girl was sacrificed to save the city by symbolically heading lớn the heavens where she would sweep rain clouds from the sky. Since then, the people remembered her by recreating paper cut-out figures resembling her and would hang them outside in hope for good weather.

As the tradition goes, you make a plain faced Teru Teru Bozu, hang it outside your window then wait in anticipation. If the following day, the Teru Teru Bozu has delivered and the sun is shining, you show your gratitude by drawing a smiley face on it. If however, your doll has been unsuccessful in its mission … we say, be gentle and give it another chance. After all, it’s no longer feudal Japan!

Making Your Own

Making a Teru Teru Bozu is as easy as making instant ramen. First, prepare two same-sized square pieces cloth or simply use two pieces of tissue paper and one rubber band. Second, crumple-up one of the pieces of cloth into a ball-shape for the head, then wrap the other piece around it, twisting lớn make the doll’s head. Last, use your rubber-band to lớn keep the head in place. And if you want to lớn get a bit more creative, the following YouTube tutorial shows you how khổng lồ make a really xinh tươi Teru Teru Bozu from a soft wool material! The principle is basically the same.

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