Teru Teru Bozu

Teru teru bozu are a common superstition in Japan related to the weather. They are small white dolls made of paper or cloth. Traditionally they were hung in windows by farmers as a talisman believed to bring sunny weather, and to stop or prevent rainy days. Children who wished for a sunny day would hang them and sing 'Fine-weather priest, please let the weather be good tomorrow.' Teru means shine or sunshine, and bozo refers to a bald headed Buddhist monk. Apparently if you need rain you can also hang them upside down, and then they are called fure fure bozu.

Teru Teru Bozu made by my daughter.