Sarubobo – baby good luck charm from Japan
Takayama, the homeland of Life cotton swabs, is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Japan which also known as “Little Kyoto of Gifu”. The hundreds years old street with fresh air and calm surrounding is not only an ideal place for a peaceful holiday but also be the land of endless culture discovery. The city also famed for its mascot Sarubobo, the adorable red doll that we proudly show in the package of Life “Baby Charm” product.
In Japanese, “Saru” means “monkey” while bobo means “baby”, so “sarubobo” is baby monkey. Traditionally, sarubobos are made by grandmothers for their grandchildren as dolls, and for their daughters as a charm for good marriage, good children and to ensure a well-rounded couple.
Literally, “Sarubobo” associated with 3 main wishes:
- To protect from bad things
- A happy home
- Having an easy delivery on birth.
Original Sarubobo is a red human shape doll with no face, but in Takayama souvernir shops, visitors may see numeruous of Sarubobo in the style of Kitty, Doraemon, Spider Man or bride-groom…
You may wonder why it is faceless. No one sure about the reason, but many people guess that the absence of face enables you to imagine upon your mood. When you are happy, you think it is smiling. When you feel down, you may see a sad face as a way of sharing emotion.
Sarubobo also appears in many colors and each of them has its own meaning of luck:
Red = All luck
Pink = Love
Yellow = Money
Orange = Work
Green = Relax
Blue = Study
Purple = Long life
Black = Protection from evil
White = Calm mind
With the image of cute happy face Sarubobo on product package, we wish your child will be always healthy and surrounded by good luck.
(This article use photos from www.j-hoppers.japanhostel.net, www.hida-azusa.com,
www.simplog.jp and www.hidanosarubobo.com)