I thought it would be interesting to list different Eastern-originating things typically found in a Dojo/Dojang or gym. Please provide a picture of the area/object (if possible) and the word for it with translation and info (again when possible).
Sometimes things that are found in a western version dojo are a total eye sore and only have meaning to the person placing them...this usually comes from the person not knowing any better and just placing stuff in a dojo since it 'looks Asian'. Hopefully, this thread can answer to some misconceptions (including my own) of things that we find in dojos.
This is basically a wish doll modelled after Bodhidharma in meditation except there are no arms and no legs, when pushed it will return to upright (weeble-wobble). symbolizing a returning to center. some just have base stands, but the symbolism is the same.
Usually, someone is given a daruma doll when they move into a new house or dojo. Using black ink, one fills in a single circular eye while thinking of a wish. Should the wish later come true, the second eye is filled in. Until then the daruma is displayed in a high location in one's home or dojo.
-This is a decor mostly found in a house, but it wouldn't be strange or tacky to find it on the highest shelf in a dojo.
...I'll add more if people are interested in the thread. Here are some ideas to keep the thread going:
Torii gate or entrance.