Hinamatsuri(Doll Festival) in Japan
The Japanese Doll Festival, or Girls' Day, is held on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period running from 794 to 1185.
- from Wikipedia
March 3rd is Hinamatsuri (Girls' Day) in Japan. It's also known as the "Peach Tree Festival" because the flowers bloom around that time.
Families with girls celebrate March 3rd as a day to wish for their growth and happiness.
And they display beautiful doll sets (We call Hina dolls), peach trees, shiro-zake (white sweet rice wine) and hishi-mochi (diamond-shaped rice cake).
This family event originally began in the Edo（1603to 1868) era and is also referred to as the Doll's Festival because families of girls display a set of dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, their servants, miniature furniture, and so forth, on a five or seven-tiered stand.
Ancient people transferred their sins onto the dolls and threw them in rivers. It was believed that the dolls protected people from sickness or ill-fortune.
Probably most girls in Japan have Hina dolls in their house even though they display the set of dolls once a year.
This is a big one.
This set consists 7 platforms and height would be around 160 - 170 cm (63inc-67inc), some are taller than that!!
Before March 3rd, we used assemble those platforms and set everything up with my mom.
The photos above are platforms.Not so complicated, but actually set everything up display the dolls take around 2 hours!! (Seriously)
I used to have this set. It took so long time to set everything up to display for a week, so my mom decided to start setting everything up early Feb and keep it till March 3rd. People say Hina dolls should be put away immediately after March 3, otherwise the girl will have trouble getting married. Ha ha ha
It's really gorgeous and beautiful set.
When I was a little kid, I played those dolls and doll's furniture with my Japanese Barbie doll. My mom was so angry!!
Now I understand, the Hina dolls are really expensive!! $1,500 to $3,000!! of course you can find more expensive doll sets.
Nowadays, people prefer to have smaller and compact one.
I understand. Easy to display & put it away.
When you go to Japan before March 3rd, many department stores are selling those sets. You can see yourself. May be a good souvenir for your daughter??
Or you can buy small dolls online shop here Zakka81
Where is my dolls now?? I left it at my moms house when I moved to Australia.