February 28, 2008

Hinamatsuri display

March 3rd is Hinamatsuri, also known as the Dolls' Festival or Girls' Day, and, from mid-February onwards people in Japan put out a traditional display of dolls like this one in a shop space in the Nakano area. I don't know that much about the festival, but as far as I know, the display is supposed to represent the imperial court of centuries gone by, with the Emperor and Empress at the top. I think (though I could well be wrong) that displaying the dolls is supposed to ward off bad luck and bring good health to the girls of a family.

No comments:

Post a Comment