Hina dolls for Japanese Girls Festival (Hinamiatsuri)

What is the traditional Hina-ningyo (Hina doll)

 

 

Hina dolls

When various flowers begin to bloom, March 3rd is the day of Hina-matsuri (the Festival of Dolls/the Girl’s Festival). It is a festival when Japanese family display hina dolls and pray for young girls’ growth and happiness. The Hina-ningyo used to be displayed on a stand with several levels like stairs in old days. But today, the doll sets are smaller with fewer dolls to be suitable for Japanese houses. 

 

 

 

Hina-matsuri (the Girls Festival)

 

 

The origin of the Hina-matsuri dates back to “Joshi-setsu” which occurred in ancient China around 300 years. “Joshi” is the meaning of the day in early March (it had become March 3 and the date didn’t change later), the change of the season was thought that the evil brought disaster easily. So there was a custom of washing away uncleanness at the waterfront on this day. This custom was introduced to Japan by the envoy and was linked to the purification ceremony of Shinto. That developed and became today’s “Hina -matsuri”. People decorate the dolls and pray for the healthy growth and happiness of the girls. 

 

The Hina dolls are usually set up at around the first day of spring, or sometime by 24th of February. Hishimochi (rhombus-shaped mochi), Shirozake (rice wine) and peach flowers are displayed together. Hishimochi is a rice cake colored in pink, white and green and it is prepared only for the festival. Today, families celebrate the day by eating springlike sushi-dishes and create Hina-matsuri inspired cakes.


 

 

Hina dolls

Hina dolls

 

Top: The Emperor (left) and the Empress (right). 

Second: Three court ladies

Third: Five court musicians

Fourth: The Minister of the Left and the Minister of the Right

Fifth: Three servants

 

 

 

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