Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Treu Teru Bozu

What's this cute little thing? Well, it's called teru teru bozu. It's a little doll made by children to ward off the rain. Little kids make these dolls out of cloth or just tissue and hang them up in the window on rainy days. They might look like ghosts that have been hung to death, but they're not ghosts at all. "teru" means sunshine and "bozu" meas a buddhist monk. They mean the monk will bring sunshine to you. Today, "bozu" is a slag expression that means bald (like a monk). I was bozu for a while earlier this summer. They say if you hang the teru teru bozu upside-down, it will bring the rain. There is also a cute little song and rhyme sung by children. Check out the video. Maybe a fun craft to do with the kids.

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