Japanese Traditional Doll Festival


March 3 rd is “Hina-matsuri (Doll Festival)” in Japan.

It’s considered as Girl’s Day because it’s a day to pray for young girl’s growth and happiness.

For the day, the homes which have young girls decorate peach blossoms and “Hina-ningyo (Hina dolls)”.


This is the classic seven tiered Hina-ningyo set.


hina doll

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The platforms covered with a red carpet and the dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794-1185).


hina doll

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Since today’s Japan is too crowded to set the seven tiered Hina-ningyo, there are also varieties of simplified ones.


hina doll

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Simple rabbit Hina-ningyo.


hina doll

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This is said to be the biggest in the East Japan, 30 tiered Hina-ningyo!


hina doll

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In the video below, it shows a Mao Asada look Hina-ningyo.

She is a Japanese figure skater and she recently won the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympic last week.



In front of Hina-ningyo, young girls enjoy Hina-matsuri treats and eat chirashi sushi (assorted sashimi on rice) with their families and friends.



This is JAPAN Style!


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