A Daruma doll is a traditional Japanese doll that is often seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck. The doll is named after Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk who founded Zen Buddhism in China and is said to have spent nine years meditating in a cave, during which time his legs and arms became so weak that they fell off. The Daruma doll is often depicted without arms or legs in reference to this legend.
The Daruma doll is typically made of papier-mache and has a rounded shape, with a wide, open-eyed face and a beard or mustache. The eyes are left blank when the doll is first made, and the recipient is meant to fill in one eye when they set a goal or make a wish, and then fill in the other eye when the goal or wish is achieved. The doll is then often returned to a temple or shrine, where it is burned in a special ceremony to symbolize the completion of the goal or wish.