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Updated: December 1, 2023
The Ome Daruma Market is held on January 12 every year. It's a winter tradition that dates back to the first Ome markets, which began sometime in the 15th or 16th century. Originally, mayudama (cocoon dolls) were sold to promote the local silk industry. By the late Edo period (around 1800-1867), they had been replaced by lucky daruma dolls.
On the day of the market, the Kyu-Ome Kaido (Old Ome Highway) will be closed to all traffic except pedestrians. Many stalls sell daruma dolls, and the area is packed with both local residents and visitors from different parts of Japan.
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