Hanging Hina dolls/吊るし雛

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March 3rd is the day to celebrate girls’ good health and happiness called “hina-matsuri“.

In the Edo period from the 17th century to the mid 19th century, people who could not afford to prepare the Hina dolls started making Hina dolls by themselves using scrap cloth and hanging them.
That is the origin of Hanging Hina dolls.

Regardless of the era, parents, whether rich or poor, have the same desire for their daughters to be happy.

Nowadays, there are various types of Hina dolls.
Here are the examples.
You will find many different ones on the street and at special exhibitions during this season in Japan.

Miniature Hina dolls/ミニチュア雛飾り
Zoomed on the upper part/上部拡大

The wooden board says “Don’t move!”.It’s unique that the dolls are not neat./動きがある雛飾りは珍しいですね
It’s rare to have the big traditional dram./大太鼓(だだいこ)がある珍しい五人囃子
Very small miniature Hina dolls/とっても小さな雛飾り

It would be great if you share your favorite ones here when you find them.

【Translation for language learners of either English or Japanese】/英語・日本語学習者向け翻訳 えいご ・  にほんごがくしゅうしゃむ  ほんやく








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  1. AvatarPrillie says:

    I love the miniature Hina dolls! They’re so cute! I find it ironic though that kids can’t play with them. You can’t even touch them, let alone play with them. How about paper dolls?

    • MikiMiki says:

      Thank you for your message, Prillie san.
      So do I!
      Good point! They might be for the adults who still enjoy the Hina dolls.
      When it comes to paper dolls, I’ll share two examples, one is a paper toothpick holder and the other is a paper bookmark.
      Does your country have any practice related to the dolls?

  2. MikiMiki says:

    Here is the paper toothpick holder.

  3. MikiMiki says:

    These are the paper bookmarks.