“Daruma-san ga koronda*
Roll his bloody eyes and and stare at ya
One, two, three steps! Be silent! Ha!
Don’t let Daruma see you move.
Unless you’re the one will lose.
He’s gonna behead you too.”
Oh! Sorry, we’re not serving creepy-pasta. The poem above was just what we’re so impressed by a famous Japanese horror movie name “As the God’s Will” (Japanese name is “Kamisama no iu toori”) in 2014. If you don’t know it, we will confirm what we had said in the poem above is what really was in the trailer of the movie, no spoiler. But after all, we were curious of what had made those dolls so famous in Japanese culture if its appearance was that only creepy. And we found out they’re not. They apparently include many good will and belief instead.
Traditional Daruma dolls are usually handmade with cardboard, they were modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism, there was myth that the Bodhihrama angrily cut his eyelids once he fell asleep while he was practicing the nine-year meditation, to prevent himself from falling asleep again. And after that nine-year-without moving-period, his legs and arms fell off from Atrophy. Jesus! Alright students, no doubt it became a symbol of perseverance and good luck and especially given to students as a gift to help they aim the good results in their studies or important exams. The dolls would be bought from local temples in the new year days, with their both eyes are usually oversize white blank when sold, the recipient will fulfill an eyes of the doll upon setting the goal, they’ll recall the goal every time they see the doll with the one-eye-opened, and when they finish their big task, the other eye will be fulfilled and gathered to burn in the next new year in their local temples when the goals were completed. But you don’t need to cut your eyelids, OMG, it’s too strict, isn’t it? Our dear pupils, you can ask for a break if you’re so tired from studying, Just! Don’t cut your eyelids, OK?
A new school term is about to come. Remind us so many memories we had when we were pupils and students. Just remember how excited we planed to gain high result in study, or just simply enjoyed day-dreaming at classes. But we all had the our own aims.
Now we’re craftsmen and designers, Jelly Key’s trying our best to fill the purpose of making very best artisans. Are you still aming your life? Feel free to share with us.
Beside the iconic traditional red color of the original Daruma doll, the keycap design comes in many color sets of keycap set that were released before such as: 1976, Miami, Maxkey Berserk or Plum, etc,… Or the Adidas 3 stripes icon, our Jelly Key keyset spectrum Starry Night, or our Vietnamese sarcastic icon named Ninja Lead (hinted those bad female riders who always wear mask and cover suits when they’re riding on the road because they are afraid of getting dark skin caused by the sunlight, most of them, incomprehensible ride the same line of scooter – Honda Lead, that’s why).
Alright, that’s enough for chit chat, here come the Daruma Doll Keycap series.
Jelly Key won’t offer group-buy for this keycap design but give them away to some of our best friends. See you in our next design.