Monday, October 11, 2010

Wishing for the good weather

The Teru teru bōzu (てるてる坊主) is a little traditional hand-made doll made of white paper or cloth used by Japanese people when they want good weather for the next day.
Traditionally it was hang outside of the window, so that its magical powers would bring good weather and stop the rain. But it can be used in other situations, too; one example is the hiker in the picture below, who put it on her backpack during her excursion on Tateyama.





てるてるぼうず、てるぼうず
明日天気にしておくれ
いつかの夢の空のように
晴れたら金の鈴あげよ

てるてるぼうず、てるぼうず
明日天気にしておくれ
私の願いを聞いたなら
甘いお酒をたんと飲ましょ

てるてるぼうず、てるぼうず
明日天気にしておくれ
それでも曇って泣いてたら
そなたの首をちょんと切るぞ