Language and Humor

Animation: Daruma Doll in Japanese
アニメーション:だるまおもちゃ(日本語版)

Make a wish, and paint in his left eye. When your wish comes true, paint in his right eye. (19 seconds, 66 KB)

望みを祈って、左目を塗り込んで、望みがかなうと右目を塗り込む習慣があります。(19秒・66KB)

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He’s a red-robed Bodhidharma (Japanese: Bodaidaruma), the 5th century Indian Buddhist priest who brought Zen meditation to China. The lack of limbs may represent his legendary loss of them after years of continuous Zen meditation.

赤い服を着ている菩提達磨(ぼだいだるま)、5世紀の中国に座禅を導入したインドの僧の像です。腕も脚もないのは数年の座禅続けて手足の失う伝説を表すかもしれません。

More information on Daruma and daruma dolls:

Daruma - Father of Zen Buddhism in China and Japan