An eye to victory
Japanese craftsman Sumikazu Nakata adds the final touches on a Daruma doll at his studio Daimonya in Takasaki, northwest of Tokyo. Daruma dolls, representing the Indian priest Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen Buddhism in China, are believed to bring luck. They are also a favorite item of election candidates where they traditionally paint only one eye on the doll when they start their campaign and paint the other eye if they win in the election. The sales of Daruma has risen as candidates and campaign supporters purchased the lucky dolls ahead of the Dec 16 election, Nakata said.