Hina Dolls are placed in every house where girls are there.
It is for the day of Girl’s Festival “Hinamatsuri”, in which people pray for girls health and good luck with the dolls.
In my house, there’s a pair of Hina Dolls, Emperor and Empress, gifted from my parents.
It’s a great work by a famous doll maker, Yuka Jr.
Here are details of the dolls.
Details of Hina Dolls
Emperor sits on the left side and Empress on the right side.
It depends on style of the dolls on which side Emperor/Empress sit.
Emperor on the left side is Tokyo style, whereas he’s on the right side in Kyoto style.
Zooming up to the Emperor.
He’s sitting in my house. Some Hina dolls are standing up.
It also depends on styles/makers.
There’s no strict rule here.
However, here is a rule.
Mandarin tree must be put aside the Emperor.
Zooming up to the Empress.
The Japanese traditional cloth she’s wearing is the twelve-layered ceremonial Kimono.
And a peach tree must be put aside the Empress.
Mochi is a decoration put in front of the Emperor and the Empress.
All these items and accessories are handmade by craftsman, and decorated by gold paintings.
There are handmade decorations, too.
Lanterns, put behind dolls, actually work.
These are also handmade actually in the same way to make full-size lanterns.
Hope you enjoyed details of Hina dolls!
Have good one.
Author - Hiro
Lived in Kyoto in school days, I was impressed by profundity of history and tradition of the city. Had a job to join the three major festivals of Kyoto: Aoi, Jidai and Gion festivals. Love Kyoto and Japanese culture.
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