In 2008 Hali and Mike were given amulets from Mie's son in Kanazawa. Ever since then they have adorned our daypacks, except when Mike finds it necessary to switch his to his backpack.
One wonders, could this little fellow be a representation of Daruma? Mike would like to think so, although on close inspection it's hard to tell . . . hm, maybe not.
Photo: Amulet on Backpack—Point Reyes, 2010