Origin : Japan
Made of : porcelain - potery
Classification : things / toys
Maker : ?
About "daruma otoshi toy" (daruma Otoshi - だるま落とし) :
Daruma otoshi is a traditional Japanese game of skill made of a pile of circular wooden blocks with on top the head of Daruma, a famous Zen monk. The aim of the game is to remove the bottom block with a wooden hammer leaving the remaining pile in place. The game ends when all the blocks have been removed that way or if the pile tumbles down.
About "Daruma doll" (daruma - 達磨) :
The Daruma doll is a hollow and round Japanese figure representing Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen buddhist sect. The Daruma doll is considered as a talisman and Japanese paint one of his eyes when they make a wish. If it comes true, they paint the other one.