Takasaki - The Largest Producer of Daruma Dolls in Japan
There are around 70 master craftsmen making Daruma in Takasaki. The Daruma’s face is painted by hand by the craftsman at local ateliers using a brush, so each one is subtly different. If you look closely, you’ll notice the differences in the thickness of the eyebrows and beard or the color of the cheeks. Customers usually buy a Daruma every year from the atelier whose design they favor the most.
Watch a Daruma’s face being painted
Takasaki has a large number of pasta restaurants and the locals also eat a lot of pasta, so it’s appropriate that the city holds an event called King of Pasta, a competition to decide the best pasta restaurant of the year. The winning restaurant is presented with a Daruma decorated in the colors of the Italian flag.
Watch scenes from the Daruma Market
Watch the ritual burning of Daruma