Posted by: Airtower | 2011-03-03

Doll Festival

Today is ひな祭り (“hina matsuri”), the Doll Festival, also know as Girl’s Day. A while before this day, people set up elaborate doll displays with a traditional order that depict the emperor and empress together with servants and warriors, all in historical style. Someone set up such dolls in our dorm’s lobby.

Display of dolls in traditional Japanese style

According to Wikipedia some people believe that displaying the dolls too long, that is not taking them down tomorrow, will result in late marriage for their daughters. I wonder if whoever put the dolls here will remove them in time, or if not, whether any of the female residents will do something about it. 😉

Anyways, the dolls are quite detailed, as you can see below. I think this one is an old samurai.

A doll depicting an old samurai

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  1. […] Japan. Traditionally this day was mostly for boys and sometimes known as Boys’ Day, with the ひな祭り (Doll Festival) on March 3rd as the counterpart for girls, but today it is officially meant for boys and girls […]


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