Daruma-dera or Horin-ji belongs to the esoteric Shingon sect and is dedicated to the Daruma or Dharma as it is often spelled in English. Even the ceiling of the temple has a large painting of a dharma! Hundreds of Daruma, of every shape and size is displayed here including Horin-ji’s own special design. Daruma are figures that represent Boddhidarma, the founder of the famous Indian Buddhist school of meditation. Daruma or dharma as they are often called in English have a mustachioed face though the eyes are white and importantly without pupils. Dharma are thought to have the ability to grant wishes. These figurines are traditionally brought out before an important event such as an election, exam or competition and too paint a single iris in one of the empty sockets, an act of that is thought to help materialize your wish. If the wish comes true, then the Daruma has a chance to fully recover its eyesight!