Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Girls Day or Japanese Dolls' Festival, "HINAMATSURI"


Today, March 3rd is GIRL'S DAY in Japan, although it's not a National holiday, while Boy's day/Children's day on May 5 is a national holiday...not fair, huh??!! Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain the bad spirits, and they started to display these special dolls about 1300 years ago. ...yea Japan has a long history... if you want to know more about it, you can find it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri You can see the pics of those dolls display there too. The pic. i've attached here is the dolls i made, some years ago, imitating those top two (couple) of many dolls, usually being displayed on red carpet, but i made them in my CUTE way! When i visited Japan about 10 years ago, i bought Chirimen (special fabric for making, like kimono - japanese traditional dress, although it's not the same) which is beautiful! They have different kinds & colors of Chirimen. I wish i could take a pic.Closer but they are still back in Guam. I love these dolls i made. Somebody asked me to sell it, and i said i wouldn't sell even they pay me $1,000.00! Those dolls i made are small, taking the space of maybe, 8" wide & 6" tall. Not because those fabrics were rather expensive, but i made them in details. It was difficult to sew that chirimen which is rather slippery, like silk. Anyways, i just remembered it today, on March 3rd.

3 comments:

notthemom said...

Hi Eve,
Its me Auntie Mouse. Your dolls are wonderful. I wish I could see the details better. My oldest daughter has a set of dolls that she puts out every year too. She has slowly been collecting them for several years. I think she has about 4 tiers now including quite a few of the accessories - lights, planquins, trays of food, etc.

Eve said...

Did you mean that your oldest daughter has a set of those JAPANESE dolls for HINAMATSURI?? My parents bought me a -7- tiers set when we were living in Tokyo, when i was little. I think my mom still keeps them at her house... The dolls i handmade are only THE PAIR. Maybe someday, my SITUATION settles, I will have those dolls with me once again, and take a better pic.! cuz i'm not selling them, for good! :-)

notthemom said...

Yeppers, She does have hinamatsuri doll set. She has 3 tiers so far. We couldn't afford an entire set at once so we are filling it in a little at a time. She has it displayed in the living room right now. We usually keep it up the entire month of march since we enjoy seeing it.
Auntie Mouse

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