It has been quite good weather for a while in London. It sometimes rains during the evening and is sunny in the daytime. This is perfect for the plants. In the meantime the rainy season continues in Japan and although it is not the typical season even Typhoon is approaching now. I have seen so many photos of beautiful Hydrangea from Japan which is in full bloom in bright pink and blue in the rain. Yes, the rain is good for plants, definitely. However, sometimes it rains just too much even for Japanese so that people, particularly children, wish it would stop and become sunny the following day …
You might not know but there is such a traditional magic to stop the rain in Japan. It is a charm and you don’t need a magic wand. You don’t need a magical powder. Instead, what you need is a simple mascot! The mascot is called ‘Teru Teru Bōzu’ and you can easily create one by yourself. I assume you are motivated to try making this Japanese traditional Please-Stop-The-Rain-Tomorrow-Mascot. I add “How to make Teru Teru Bōzu” at the end of this post so that you can make one. 🙂
Teru Teru ‘Mochi’ Bōzu
Teru Teru Bōzu is the symbol of this rainy season. Why not have it as a sweet?
I made this Teru Teru Bōzu just for fun! It is just a simple ‘Mochi’ sweet with some Sweet White Bean Paste as the centre.
It is Free from Gluten/Egg/Dairy and Oil.
Enjoy the summer whatever the weather is. 😆
How to make ‘Teru Teru Bōzu’ the Mascot
1. Prepare a white plain cloth about the size of 15 x 15cm (or any size you like).
2. Make a small ball with cotton (or some other material) in a size of a table tennis ball.
3. Place the ball in the centre of the cloth and wrap it up with the cloth.
4. Hold the bottom of the ball over the cloth and tie it up with a string (about 30cm or longer) to create a neck part of a mascot. Keep the end of the string 15–20cm long (for hanging).
5. By using a pen draw a face (eyes and a mouth) on the ball part on the cloth. Make sure that the extra cloth with corners is facing down. It will become the body part of the mascot.
6. Hang the finished mascot with the string by the window.
So you created your own ‘Teru Teru Bōzu’ and what left for you to do is chant a song.
🎶 Teru Teru Bōzu, Teru Bōzu, Ashita Tenki ni Shite-okure 🎶
(Oh, Teru Teru Bōzu, please make tomorrow the sunny day) 😀