Emily Teaches us how to make Teru teru bozu - Walking in Japan エミリーはてるてる坊主を作るために私達に教えて - 日本のモンスター





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Published on Jun 5, 2009

Emily's first video! :-)

The Japanese tradition of teru teru bozu originated during the Japanese feudal period and represents a form of rain charm for either preventing or bringing rain. The words teru teru bozu translate as shiny shiny Buddhist priest with the shiny reference referring to the clean-shaven heads of most Buddhist priests. Teru teru bozu are commonly made of tissue paper tied with a rubber band and decorated with a pen-drawn face, though in the past the dolls were often made of cloth or other materials. The figures are hung outdoors, usually under the roof eaves or along a balcony, at which time a special song is sung to invoke the power of the teru teru bozu. All Japanese people are familiar with teru teru bozo though the song they know may be a simplified version of the original nursery rhyme which goes like this:

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
Like the sky in a dream sometime
If it's sunny I'll give you a golden bell

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
If you make my wish come true
We'll drink lots of sweet rice wine

Teru-teru-bozu, teru bozu
Do make tomorrow a sunny day
But if it's cloudy and you are crying (i.e. it's raining)
Then I shall snip your head off

(song lyrics source: Wikipedia)

The song which Emily sings at the start of the video is an example of a simpler version which simply asks for clear weather today, tomorrow and everyday.

Teru teru bozu are hung right side up when a sunny day is desired and upside down when rain is needed. Teru teru bozu are very popular with Japanese children who frequently make and hang these dolls the day before a special outdoor event is planned. In a rainy country like Japan the power and influence of teru teru bozu is much needed and greatly appreciated!

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The Path of Wildness is easy to find
The course of a stream
Leaves blown in the wind
A beast's track through the brush
And the direction of our first inclination

The Path of Wildness is an answer and response to a prescribed way of life which may leave some individuals with a sense that their living is little more than a series of pre-determined, step-like episodes between birth and death. The stages of living between these events: childhood, adolescence, adulthood, parenthood and senior are themselves natural and in accord with the needs of the species and most individuals. Many find their satisfaction in living this course and to these individuals I have little or nothing to say. Others though long for something more; something innate, genetic and seemingly calling. Adventure and change can give a degree of satisfaction and relief yet even these may seem too tame. To those who feel drawn to something beyond the entertainment and stimulation of senses I offer a walk along The Path of Wildness. Don't bother penciling the event in your schedule, preparing a pack with goodies and supplies or even inviting a friend along, for this experience is along the course of your first inclination and you must surely always go alone.

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