Daibutsu: giant statues of Budda.
Daijin: a minister of state.
Daikoku-mai: a festive dance.
Daikon: a large radish.
Daimyo: a major feudal.
Dango: a dumpling.
Daruma: see Bodhidharma.
Deer: symbol of longevity.
Dosa: a preparation applied to paper or silk as a sizing agent.
Doton-bori: the Osaka theater district.
Dragon (ryu): a concept imported from China, the dragon is full of remarkable powers, a sign of majesty and high aspirations; depicted ascending in clouds across Mt. Fuji, it is a symbol of success in life.
Dragonfly (akitsu): a symbol of Japan and of victory.
Dreams (yume): New year's dreams of Mt. Fuji, falcons, and eggplants were considered lucky omens. back to top