Nanakorobi yaoki means "Seven times down, eight times up." Nana is seven, korobi means fall down, yao is eight and ki is get up. It is a saying about perseverence and never giving up no matter how man times life knocks you down. This proverb is often associated with the daruma "wishing" dolls that are modeled after Bodhdidaruma the legendary Buddhist monk who brought Buddhism to Japan via China. It has taken on new meaning recently after the devestating earthquake in Fukushima earlier this year. Never give up.