Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hina Dolls (part 2)

Last 4 days or so, I couldn't find my camera! I finally found it today. So I'm updating the pictures of Hina dolls. Hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I do!
So, this is the overview of the set.
The rest of the set (the lower 3 tiers) holds furniture (dresser, tea ceremony set, sewing set), ceremonial food, transportation etc...

5 court musicians that consists of a singer, a flute player(missing a flute in this picture), drummers.

3 court ladies. (and one of the musicians)
Right Minister (in Orange)  is much older and wise. and Left Minister (in black) is young and show strength. Both Ministers have a bow and arrows.
3 servants also sit in the display.  Each shows different emotions: Anger, Sadness and Happiness.

Empress checking her beauty in the mirror :)

This was Hinamatsuri card from my sister to my girls in 2009. I love Japanese greeting cards. So cute.

"Hinamatsuri (Doll's Festival)" is held on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girl's growth and happiness...

If you want to know more about the each items in the pictures, here are good links about Hinamatsuri that I referenced.
 About.com.
 Hinamatsuri (Wikipedia)
The dolls wear beautiful ancient court costumes of the Heian period (794-1185). The costume of the Empress is called the "juuni-hitoe (twelve-layered ceremonial robe)." Even today the juuni-hitoe is worn at the Royal family's wedding ceremony. Most recently, Princess Masako wore it on the wedding of the Crown Prince in 1993. When wearing the juuni-hitoe, the hairstyle is gathered at the neck to hang down the back (suberakashi) and a fan made of Japanese cypress is held in the hands.

There is a superstition that if you don't put away the hina-ningyo soon after March 3rd, the daughter will get married late.
There are some special dishes for the festival. "Hishimochi" are diamond-shaped rice cakes. They are colored red (or pink), white, and green. The red is for chasing evil spirits away, the white is for purity, and the green is for health. 

This is me as a baby (I look like a boy LOL) in front of the same Hina doll set, trying to eat the diamond shaped rice cake. 

Hinamasturi makes me think of hopes and dreams that my parents had for me while I was young. As an adult daughter, it's a chance to recommit myself to be a better person, wife and mother. I also realize no matter where you live, the wish parents have for their daughters are the same. On Hinamatsuri day (also called Girl's day), I celebrate with my 3 young daughters and wish that they grow up to be healthy and happy.