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Hina-Matsuri – Japanese Doll Festival

Date : 03/03/2012 - 01/01/2012

Street Address10th Floor, Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan Building, 2-10-1Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku

CityTokyo 100-0006


DescriptionHina Matsuri, the Japanese Doll Festival, also known as Girls' Day, is held every year on March 3rd. The dolls are usually displayed from mid-February to the Hina Matsuri day to celebrate the coming of the spring as well as to wish for the healthy growth and happy future of the daughters. Hina Matsuri, has its origins in a Chinese custom in which ill-fortune was transferred from a person to a doll, then the doll was abandoned on a moving stream, carrying the bad luck away with it. There are still some areas of Japan that celebrate this Nagashibina (doll floating). The festival is represented by often lavish displays of ornamental dolls that symbolize the Emperor and Empress, attendants and court musicians in traditional Heian period (794-1185) dress along with many accessories. Special rice crackers called hina arare, as well as other foods are served as offerings to the dolls. Young girls also enjoy munching on the treats as they gather together to admire the display, often dressing up in their best clothes (...)

Name of InstitutionJapan National Tourism Organization




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