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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Doll's Festival(2)

nagashi bina (floating hina dolls)

The Doll's Festival originated from the custom of floating katashiro(a small human-shaped sheet of paper) in rivers or the sea after transferring one's impurity to it by rubbing oneself with it. The custom is called nagashi bina. Even now this event is held in many areas.

Hina-nagashi(雛流し) is held at Awashima Jinja Shrine(淡嶋神社) in Wakayama Prefecture on March 3rd. Women float some small boats loaded with hina dolls down the sea. People say that those dolls are recovered and disposed because of environmental protection. Three boats loaded with about 600 hina dolls were floated this year.

Taking the 500m hike from the temple to the bridge
Taking the 500m hike from the temple to the bridge by enmoto /flickr


And a tourist boat comes by
And a tourist boat comes by by enmoto /flickr


IMG_2888 by holycalamity /flickr

tachi-bina (立雛, standing hina dolls)

Tachi-bina is thought to be a variation of katashiro.






Kyoho-bina(享保雛) are hina dolls that became popular in Kyoho era(1716-1735).
This type of the dolls were made even after the era.




Kyoho-bina made in the Edo Period in Chikugo-Yoshii, Fukuoka Prefecture
Photo by Yokaphoto.net

Kyoho-bina at Chikugo-Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri(筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり) in Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture 

Kyoho-bina made in the Edo Period in  Chikugo-Yoshii, Fukuoka Prefecture
Photo by Yokaphoto.net

Kyoho-bina
Ohasama-machi(大迫町) in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture

















There are other types of hina dolls such as Jirozaemon-bina(次郎左衛門雛), Yusoku-bina(有職雛), kokin-bina(古今雛).



hina doll made in the Taisho Period(1912-1926) in Chikugo-Yoshii Photo by Yokaphoto.net

hina doll made in the Taisho Period(1912-1926) in Chikugo-Yoshii
Photo by Yokaphoto.net


The emperor and empress dolls were placed in the imperial palace-like mansion modeled after an emperor's palace, and the three court ladies and the five musicians were displayed on the stairs or the garden in front of the two dolls.This tradition was often seen in some parts of the Kansai region including Kyoto until around 1960.

Chikugo-Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri(筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり)
 in Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture
Photo by Yokaphoto.net

Chikugo-Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri(筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり)
Photo by Yokaphoto.net

Chikugo-Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri(筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり)
Photo by Yokaphoto.net

the Doll's Festival in Takayama (高山) in Gifu Prefecture

雛人形
雛人形 by Kentaro Ohno /flickr
Omi-hachiman City Museum(近江八幡市立資料館)


雛人形
雛人形 by Kentaro Ohno /flickr
Omi-hachiman City Museum(近江八幡市立資料館)


Clay hina dolls called Tsutsumi Ningyo(堤人形) in Sendai date back to the Kyouhou era (1716-1736).



clay hina dolls at the Doll's Festival in Takayama (高山) in Gifu Prefecture


living hina dolls in Takayama

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