Tomorrow is Undoukai Day (similar to a Field Day) at my daughter’s Japanese School. Everyone has been practicing hard for the athletic events and dances for a few weeks. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is calling for rain tomorrow– oh, no!
Obviously, the weather is out of our hands, but my kids and I made some teru teru bozu (てるてるぼうず)this morning hoping and praying that the rain will go away. Teru teru bozu is a “sunny-weather-monk” that Japanese children have been making for decades in hopes of good weather. I guess it’s a kind of good luck charm. There is a Japanese children’s song that goes along with this (usually only the first verse is sung), but as you can see, the last verse has a dark twist.
いつかの夢の 空のよに 晴れたら
If you need the English translation, this YouTube video does a good job:
Are you hoping for good weather this weekend too? Here’s how we made our teruterubozu:
For one teruterubozu, you will need:
1 paper towel
some yarn or string
Directions: Crumple the tissue into a ball. Place the balled-up tissue in the middle of the paper towel, then fold down the paper towel around the tissue to form a round head. Use the string to tie around the neck. Use markers to draw a face on your teru teru bozu. Hang it near a window and hope for no rain!
Have you ever made a teru teru bozu? Did it work?