2010年03月05日

An annual event called "Hina-matsuri" festival,featuring an opulent set of dolls, is observed on March the third by a household having daughters.

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Although it is uncertain that the origin of the "Hina-matsuri" festival, it is thought to grow from a playing with dolls among girls of nobility in Kyoto in the Heian period in the 10th century. Then in the Edo period in the 18th century, it was combined with "Sekku", seasonal festival which celebrate a seasonal turning point and has become today's form across the country. On the very day of the "Hina-matsuri", every family which has girls decorates the reception room with "Hina-ningyo" dolls praying the sound growth of the daughters. In the past this set of dolls was a bride's outfit, therefore it gradually turned to be larger and more gorgeous to keep up with the Joneses. After the Second World War, however, the house of the Japanese became smaller because many people flew into the urban areas from countryside. This fact compelled the Japanese people to give up such a large decoration. Instead, it has been commonly accepted to set only a pair of the main dolls on the top on the first platform.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久

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