Kokeshi Matches

The light of the spirit


The fire of the
daruma matches.'



Who would think a book of matches could be so spirited and engaging? This gives new meaning to an everyday functional object and extends the life of the daruma doll, a symbol of perseverance and good luck. Image Kokeshi Matches by Hiromi Hirasaka. Words translated as closely as possible (and following an interesting discussion on the structure and form of the Japanese language. Elena, thank you).