Teru-Teru Bozu for Hen Party


Tomorrow is my Hen Party, and to pray for good weather, my fiancé James and I made teru-teru bozu.

Teru-teru bozu (literally “sunshine boy”) are an old tradition in Japan, in which you make a simple doll out of white paper or cloth and draw a face on it (it ends up looking like a little ghost). You hang it by a window in order to pray for sunshine. If the weather does turn out fine, you thank the teru-teru bozu by pouring rice wine on him. Be warned though – do not hang your teru-teru bozu upside-down, as this will have the reverse effect and summon the rain!

We hung up our teru-teru bozu by the window overlooking my Inari altar. So far, the weather has been very good, so I think they might be working!

I also made some fresh offerings to Inari Okamisama, including a special offering of daifuku mochi (a rice cake filled with sweet beans), and prayed for a safe and enjoyable Hen Party. Seeing as Inari is associated with alcohol, it seemed very appropriate to pray to her for this purpose!



Filed under Rituals & Festivals, Shinto / Japanese Religion

5 responses to “Teru-Teru Bozu for Hen Party

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  2. Cute! Hen party- I was guessing by the context of the wedding prep that it translates into American English as “bachelorette party” I like it better- bachelorette is such a stupidly awkward word!

    • Oh, I didn’t realise that Hen Party was British English! So Americans don’t ever call Bachelor Parties “Stag Parties” either?

      • Sometimes they do- it’s slightly older term, may depend on the region- the East Coast and South tend to use older, more British words. I looked it up and apparently Canadians sometimes call bride-to-be parties stagette parties Stags + Hens= ? Of course we don’t realize these language differences until we run into them- that is one thing I like about the Internet is talking with people from different countries.

      • Absolutely, me too 😀

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