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June 29, 2013 - 3 went

Visit Japan at Epcot & Shop at Mitsukoshi

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  • Esther (.

    Steven asked about the significance of this scroll...but the cast member who was helping kids paint fans didn't know. It looked sort of familiar to me, and I think Google and I have come up with a plausible answer: He's Daruma! See below from the British Museum website. --> Bodhidharma (died around AD 532), known as Daruma in Japanese, was the Indian founder of Zen Buddhism which he brought to China. He is said to have spent nine years seated in meditation in a cave, losing the use of his arms and legs. Zen became influential in Japan in the thirteenth century. From this period onward Japanese Zen monks began painting portraits of Daruma in brush and ink as an aid to reaching enlightenment (satori). Portraits of Daruma traditionally emphasized his 'Indian' appearance with bushy beard and eyebrows, compelling eyes, large nose and long ears (a symbol of Buddhist sanctity). He wears a large earring. The painting is powerfully executed in a variety of fine lines for the face, hair and beard and dashing black brushstrokes for the robes. This follows Chinese traditions of calligraphy (the art of writing with a brush). Look for "Daruma scroll" on a Google Image search. For more information, also check out http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/daruma.shtml and http://www.onmarkproductions.com/html/daruma.shtml#Portraits

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