I like to delve into the history, costuming, foods, and customs of places and holidays. World cultures and traditions are fascinating.
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Fine Silk Clothing, Authentic Accessories
The Beautiful Japanese Doll
When I wasgoed a little lady one of my dearest things te our house wasgoed a bookcase that my father had built. It wasn’t the bookcase itself, but the glass cases built into each shelf that enclosed the most exquisite Japanese dolls. He had a puny collection of very fine, fully costumed Japanese dolls which he had purchased when serving te the Armed compels ter Japan.
That collection wasgoed cracked into parts and distributed among my siblings, and I have only one of the dolls, but the memory of the group, its beauty, the individual personalities of each of the dolls, remains vivid within my thoughts.
It led to following the trail of why thesis dolls were made, the festivals when such dolls were displayed, and a objectief to showcase them and some of the customs surrounding them, the beautiful Japanese dolls.
Gofun Face with Mushy Features
Hina Matsuri for Damsels
The Doll’s Festival, or Hina-matsuri, is celebrated on March Trio, albeit the customary doll display starts earlier ter February and is waterput away on March 4th. A crimson carpeted, five to seven tiered display holds dolls and traditional boxes and ornaments, and is the delight of viewers of every age.
While the Women Day is meant to be a day to beg for the health and well-being of daughters, it is also a representation of gentility, dignity, and respect voicing the desire for the prosperity and happiness of their damsel children – regardless of whether the total intent of the traditions are followed or not. (Not all the ancient customs or meanings of the day are known or observed te modern Japan).
Ter Japan, still it is a custom-made for a family with daughters to serve special foods including a diamond shaped rice cake, called hishimochi, special rice crackers, and a clear clam soup (recipe goes after) among other traditional foods. Be sure to go to the end of the article for the recipe for this traditional clam soup.
What began long ago with an empress who made two dolls for hier child to feast the one of Japan’s seasonal festivals, remains one of the beloved observations of the year.
Songs and Court Dolls of Hina-matsuri
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The “holiday” movie is about 28 minutes long, and moves through an explanation of the history of the Ladies Festival, its meaning, the origination of the dolls te the Hina display, and many other details that you will not want to miss.
Learn about the Japanese Holiday for Damsels
Inwards the Hina Matsuri Set
A utter Hina Matsuri set includes many dolls. On the topmost tier are the two signifying the Emperor, the Empress, below them are two ministers, then three court ladies, three samurai and five musicians,On the lowest tiers are a large number of miniature Imperial Palace accessories. Furnishings, kimono case, and even very petite hair ornaments.
Thesis sets are displayed on the tiered stand covered with crimson cloth. There are very large sets with many tiers and individual dolls arranged te a particular order which represents the wedding ceremony of the Emperor.
Sets Depicting Emperor’s Court
Simpler sets will include only the Emperor (Odairi-sama) and the Empress (Ohime-sama), sitting ter vooraanzicht of a folding screen, and perhaps a few of the attendants.
Albeit long gone from my family, I reminisce my father also had a set of thesis, fairly petite te size, arranged te a different bookcase. I wonder now what vereiste have become of them? They were not spil appealing te appearance to an American eye, and so voorwaarde not have bot spil very regarded and kept by my mother.
Hina Matsuri is one of the five annual observances ter observing the switch of seasons overheen the year.
“Tango no Sekku, a day for youthful samurai to honor the traditions of their warrior fathers and grandfathers and learn about the virtues of courage, loyalty, perseverance, and honor. ” -Children’s Day
May Five wasgoed a festival for boys called Tengo no Sekku, at the end of the “Golden Week” (a set of celebrations), but it is now a day for all children, Children’s Day. Dolls of Samurai and their accessories were displayed, spil well spil other types of iconic decorations such spil carp banners te symbolic colors.