|I Get Knocked Down...And I Get Up Again|
Actually, when we say "eenie, meenie, miney, moe" the Japanese say, "Darumasan ga korounda" which means, Mr Daruma falls down, but he gets back up. There's a lesson in perseverance to be had.
This particular Darumasan was waiting in the downstairs lobby of the American Institute in Taiwan's Kaohshiung branch office where we went a few weeks back to get my daughter's passport sorted out. I asked the guard what this guy was called in Chinese, and he wasn't too sure. He guessed that it was DaMo. I'm not too sure.
|Gods Visiting a Local Shrine for the Holiday.|
|It doesn't matter what the dishes are, but the gods have to have 12 of them.|
Food is all well and good, but we like to have a little walking around money, and so do the gods. God money comes in all denominations, and is often budgeted strictly for clothes or certain kinds of food.
|This is called Shou-shen. It's money used to grease the wheels in heaven and attract blessings.|
|This is for kids. When kids have a problem, this is what the gods are given to bless the young-uns.|
|Money to burn.|
|Da Jia Gong Xi|
|The statuary gets red envelopes, too.|