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Sunday, 17 May 2015

☁ Japanese Culture: Teru Teru Bōzu + tutorial ☂ 日本の文化:てるてる坊主 + チュートリアル ☁

Hello sweeties, today I'm talking about a special topic related to the title of this blog "Sweety Rainy Days" ~

てるてる坊主 ( teru teru bōzu ) which means "shine shine monk" is a doll made of white cloth that Japanese people hang outside of their window. It is usually handmade and it reminds of ghost. How said an old legend it is supposed to have magical powers to bring good weather and to stop or prevent a rainy day. In fact the word teru is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine and the word bōzu is a Buddhist monk, or in modern slang 'bald-headed'.

What about the story?
There was a monk who promised a village plagued by constant rains that he could stop the rains that were ruining their crops and bring good weather. When the rain continued and the monk was decapitated by the unimpressed villagers.

Teru Teru Bōzu song
Teru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu
Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure
Itsuka no yume no sora no yō ni
Haretara kin no suzu ageyo Teru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu
Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure
Watashi no negai wo kiita nara
Amai o-sake wo tanto nomashoTeru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu
Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure
Sorete mo kumotte naitetara
Sonata no kubi wo chon to kiru zo
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 bozuDo 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 the clouds are crying (it’s raining)
Then I shall snip your head off ~

Tutorial Teru Teru Bōzu ; チュートリアル:てるてる坊主

What you need:
• scissors
• needle
• thread
• ribbon
• fabrics (I used felt but you can use also cotton)
• cotton-wool stuffing or a Styrofoam ball 

Cut the fabrics making a square 30x30cm, cut also two ears and sew them in the center of the square.
 Put the cotton-wool stuffing in the opposite part and take the fabrics making a little ball.  

Close it with the thread and put eras, you can make them cutting the fabrics or just using a pen.

And *jajaan here it is! I know that the original ones are white and without ears, but I wanted to make them in a cute way, hope you like them ~ ^-^

Bye Bye sweeties ♥


  1. These are CUTE. I want to make one too ^_^

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