Hello from Sendai to everyone! This is Mrs.Amano/Learning Coach at TIHS.
I found an old atelier close from my house, that has been carried on over 180 years!! They are making Sendai's famous traditional hand craft, "Matsukawa Daruma," known as very rare blue darumas while most of them are painted red. After making the bodies out of paper, they first paint it red which is considered as a color to protect ones from evil, then draw face and put decorations in blue. All the procedures are done by three of them. So their faces are a bit different from each other. It's quite interesting to see and compare each drama's facial expression. They look very strong, but also somewhat cute and gentle because of hand made. Drumas are familiar characters to bring good luck rather than bad luck among Japanese.
For a new year to come, I'm planning to go to Ohsaki Hachimangu, to where these darumas are dedicated to sell, in order to bring one for my house. Looking forward to meeting a very cute one!!