Sign made of a length of bamboo covered in black lacquer with images of Daruma incised below two inscriptions. The one on the left reads “NANA KOROBI YA OKI”, meaning that 'life is full of ups and downs'. This phrase expresses the Daruma. The meaning of the inscription on the right is repeated happiness, and immobility, perhaps suggesting that happiness lies in stillness.

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