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Hinamatsuri is a Japanese tradition to pray for young girl’s safety, growth and happiness.
Families with girls display a set set of ornamental dolls called Hina dolls that the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period, the last classical period in Japan. They are arranged on tiered platforms covered with red carpet or red felt.
The imperial dolls are always on the top tier. The Emperor holding a ritual baton sits beside the Empress holding a fan.
The second tier features three court ladies called san-nin kanjo bearing sake (Japanese rice wine) equipment.
The third platform (if there are more than tree tiers) holds five male musicians called gonin bayashi.
The Fourth Tier (if there are more than three tiers) holds two ministers called daijin: the Minister of the Right (a young person) and the Minister of the Left (older person).
The Fifth platform displays three helpers or samurai as the protectors of the Emperor and Empress with plants in between.
The bottom tiers display a variety of miniature furniture, tools, carriages used in the the palatial residence.
How Can We Celebrate Hinamatsuri?
- We don’t have imperial dolls, but I’m sure your daughter would love to make a doll display of all her favorites.
- Have a dolly tea party.
Here are some FREE Girls Day Prayer Cards that you can fill out and put on your fridge.
Every time you open the fridge door they remind you to say a quick prayer for the girls you love.
Over to You
What other ways can we enjoy Hinamatsuri with a Western twist? Tell us in the comments.
Photo of Imperial Dolls by Nesnad
Photo of Doll Display by Katorisi
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