Daruma dolls are one of the most beloved good luck charms among Japanese people, and are used to wish for success in exams, victory in sports competitions, and fulfillment in love.
The Daruma doll represents Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism, sitting in meditation “Zazen”. It is widely known as the spirit of Nanakorobi Yaoki ," seven times you fall, eight times you get up", which is a reference to Ambassador Daruma's perseverance against all odds.
The eyes of the Daruma doll are left blank, and the left eye is inserted to pledge to spare no effort once a goal is set. When you feel like you're losing your edge, you look at the one-eyed Daruma and remember your vow and keep trying. Once your goal has been achieved, insert the other eye of the Daruma doll.