How to Make a Teru Teru Bozu

A "teru teru bozu" is a traditional Japanese doll made by many Japanese children to wish for good weather, in anticipation for a big event. The words "teru teru" meaning "sunshine, sunshine" and the word "bozu" meaning a Buddhist monk. If you'd like to make one of these good luck charms, read on.


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    Collect a square or circular piece of white fabric. It should be about the size of the span of your hand, and not stiff or thick. Cotton or chiffon are great choices, since they also handle ink well compared to silk.
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    Find about a palm full of newspaper, tissues, pillow stuffing or anything light and squishable. Roll this in to a ball and place it in the centre of your piece of fabric. Do not use beans or rice as stuffing as you would with soft toys, because this will be hung, and you don't want it being heavy or spilling over the floor.
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    Tie the ball up in the fabric like you would raw cheese in muslin. Tie a piece of wool, ribbon, twine, fishing line or embroidery thread just under this ball, creating a shape like a ball with fabric splayed underneath. Leave plenty of string so you can hang it up later.
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    Draw a face on the ball. This is traditionally a smile, but it really can be anything you like. Use a felt tipped pen or Sharpie, rather than a ballpoint.
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    Hang the doll from a curtain rail or attach it to the ceiling using a pin or blu-tak. It should face a window.
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    You can leave this hanging for a while, or you can follow the traditional process- if it's sunny, bring it a golden bell, and if it's rainy/cloudy, cut its head off.


  • This activity is also accompanied by a nursery rhyme (a "warabe uta"). Look online for this song, and sing it while making it.

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