DokiDoki Daruma is a grouchy and mischievous Daruma doll. His belly kanji is ‘kokoro’, meaning ‘mood, spirit, emotions, heart’. He embodies all of these things.
He is sensitive and emotional, and his mood can change in a heartbeat. If he feels frightened, threatened or agitated (which happens a lot), his heart begins to pound harder and harder until he explodes with a POP!
Once this happens, he multiplies into hundreds of similar looking dolls, so that you cannot find him easily – there is only one way to know the real one, and that is to look for the correct kanji on his belly.
If the early signs of agitation are noticed, explosions can sometimes be avoided by feeding him quickly with konpeito candy, which is his favourite food and makes him fall asleep.