Vernicious Knids

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Friday, March 03, 2006

A Day For All The Girls...

Hinamatsuri (Dolls' Festival or Girls' Festival) is a day to pray for and celebrate the growth and happiness of girls. The Hina-ningyou (dolls) you see below are displayed by families that have daughters. These dolls are very elaborate and expensive - they are heirlooms, not toys - and must be looked after with a great deal of care.

The 2 dolls at the top are the Emperor and Empress
The next step down has 3 Court Ladies
The 3rd step has 5 Court Musicians
There are 2 Ministers on the 4th step
The 5th step has 3 Servants
The 2 lowest steps contain miniature tableware used to serve all these people

The dolls should be carefully packed away soon after the celebration of Hinamatsuri or it's believed that the daughter will not be able to
marry - she'll be left on the shelf!
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  • At 3:40 am, Blogger Liz said…

    Very interesting! Is that your own personal collection?

  • At 8:07 am, Blogger Sam said…


  • At 10:49 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    I wish! There's no way a collection like that would fit in our this one would cost a small fortune. I have a much more modest collection of Japanese dolls :)

  • At 5:41 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Left on the shelf" - very funny!

  • At 5:59 am, Anonymous japan lover said…

    Do you know the hinamatsuri song I forget what its called, anyways I like that song a lot

  • At 3:14 pm, Blogger verniciousknids said…

    When you live in Japan it's difficult not to know that song japan lover as they play it nonstop in the all the shops around this time of year :)

    "Akari o tsukemashou bonbori ni..."

  • At 4:14 am, Anonymous x-baby said…

    this is cool stuff!


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