- Papier-Mâché Goods Manufacturer
- Takasaki-city, Gunma
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Hirohisa Imai is the third generation proprietor of Imai Daruma, a long-standing family business with an 80-year history. Having inherited a singular determination to preserve and pass on the Daruma tradition, Imai’s Takasaki City based workshop (Imai Daruma) is at Japan’s center of production. While continuing to create his much loved original Daruma in the traditional way, Imai designed and developed both the innovative Designer’s Daruma and the Japan Aid Representative, ‘JAPAN Daruma’.
Daruma are closely associated with ‘nana korobi yaoki’, a Japanese proverb meaning that if you ‘fall down seven times, get up eight’. Representing this persistence, the doll's rounded shape makes it return to its original position when knocked over, and in so doing remind us to never give up on our aspirations.