Dating hina dolls
It is a day to pray for the health and wellbeing of young girls.
It’s celebrated through displaying a set of often very ornate and beautiful dolls which portray the royal court of the Heian Period (794 to 1185).
March 3rd was one of my favorite festivals in Japan – Hina Matsuri.
Hina Matsuri is otherwise known as the Hina Doll Festival and celebrates Girl’s Day.
But it’s not only kids and collectors who love dolls – cats can’t get enough of them, either!
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My town has a very old looking historic street/district where some historic buildings are opened and have large displays of dolls including some antique ones.
I have a lot of fond memories of going to see the doll displays with my wife while we were dating.
It has it’s origins in the Heian period and the belief that dolls can entrap bad spirits.
Usually in the weeks leading up to the Hina Matsuri storefronts, historic buildings, and families put the dolls on display which traditionally inclues the dolls sitting on a tiered shelf resembling steps draped in red fabric.