Teru Teru Bozu – The Bald Doll


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In Japan, children are taught early about the incredible powers of Teru Teru Bozu, a direct translation would mean “bright bald head” (monks). Though the tradition is well practiced and well-known, a lot of Japanese do not know about the doll origin.

Easily constructed, with only two square pieces of fabrics or cloths, the doll is made in a way to represent the bald head of a monk. It is made while the weather is good, making your head more shining (because it would not get wet). It is hung in the window, wishing for the rain stop and for the good weather.



Teru Teru Bozu Song

There is a classic song telling about this doll:

Romaji – Teru Teru Bozu

Teru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu
Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure
Itsuka no yume no sora no yō ni
Haretara kin no suzu ageyo

Teru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu
Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure
Watashi no negai wo kiita nara
Amai o-sake wo tanto nomasho

Teru-teru-bōzu, teru bōzu
Ashita tenki ni shite o-kure
Sorete mo kumotte naitetara
Sonata no kubi wo chon to kiru zo

Translation – Teru Teru Bozu

Sunny, sunny monk boy, sunny monk boy,
Tomorrow, make the weather nice for me
Like a heavenly dream once upon a time
If it clears, I’ll give you a gold bell.

Sunny, sunny monk boy, sunny monk boy,
Tomorrow, make the weather nice for me
If you listen to my wish
We’ll drink lots of sweet sake.

Sunny, sunny monk boy, sunny monk boy,
Tomorrow, make the weather nice for me
If it should get cloudy and you weep*
Then I’ll cut off your head, Snip!



Teru Teru Bozu origin

The origin of Teru Teru Bozu keeps unclear. Some say that the final lyrics refer to a “monk of the good weather” who was able to bring good weather with an enchantment. However, after promise the good weather to a feudal lord, the sun did not appear as said and his head was cut off, then, after his head was wrapped in a cloth and it was hung outside to stop the rain and bring the sun.A less horrified tale suggest that this “talisman” represent Yokai (a mountain spirit) called Hiyoribo, who brings good weather and cannot be seen in rainy days.



Teru Teru Bozu in anime

The Teru Teru Bozu already appeared in several Animes, we separated some scenes, do you recognize each anime?

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