Teruterubozu: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

7 Sep

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.

てるてる坊主 てる坊主
あした天気に しておくれ
いつかの夢の 空のよに 晴れたら

てるてる坊主 てる坊主
あした天気に しておくれ
私の願いを 聞いたなら
あまいお酒を たんと飲ましょ

てるてる坊主 てる坊主
あした天気に しておくれ
それでも曇って 泣いてたら
そなたの首を チョンと切るぞ

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

1 tissue

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!

Other ways to make teruterubouzu HERE and HERE. I also sewed one out of pellon and fleece (seen in the first picture at the top of this post)… maybe I can hang it in my car.

Have you ever made a teru teru bozu? Did it work?


One Response to “Teruterubozu: Rain, Rain, Go Away!”

  1. mylittlekat September 19, 2012 at 5:38 AM #

    Oh thx for this post! Last time I was in a japanese restaurant and there was a teruterubozu above the cash register!haha. I didn’t know what it was, now I understand a bit more 🙂 Thx for your great blog too! A french reader 🙂

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