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Hinamatsuri dolls festival

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doll display

On March 3rd, in Japan it is Hinamatsuri, otherwise known as dolls festival or girls day. The dolls though are not dolls that girls play with but are dolls that are displayed on a red cloth in the families homes. The dolls are displayed over 7 tiers, with the emperor and the empress on the top tier.

The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period from 794. Formerly people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. They would then set the hina dolls on a boat and float it down the river, supposedly taking the troubles or bad spiritswith them. Nowadays people pray for the happiness and prosperity of their girls.

The customary drink for the festival is amazake, a sweet non alcoholic version of sake. The customary food is coloured arare, bite size crackers flavoured with soya sauce.

Today my sons kindergarten held an event for this festival, where the children performs songs ,play musical instruments ( my son plays the drums) and perform a play with a female theme. Todays play was Peter Pan of course performed in Japanese.

 

hummingbird50 says:
Awww that would have been very interesting to watch Peter Pan in Japanese. Thanks for sharing I love it!
Posted on: Mar 07, 2009
darlingwish says:
kawaii shashin!
Posted on: Mar 08, 2008
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doll display
doll display
my son and Yuho
my son and Yuho
singing a song
singing a song
drum performance
drum performance
drum performance
drum performance
drum performance
drum performance
drum performance
drum performance
the future Godfather, Robert DeNir…
the future Godfather, Robert DeNi…
my son with his friend Yuho
my son with his friend Yuho
my son with his best frind Okun
my son with his best frind Okun
the gang
the gang
my son performing kabe march
my son performing kabe march
whos bad
who's bad
the yougest kids perform
the yougest kids perform
captain hook
captain hook
my son was Mr Smeade, captain hook…
my son was Mr Smeade, captain hoo…
performing the play Peter Pan, Wen…
performing the play Peter Pan, We…
Peter pan the boy in all green
Peter pan the boy in all green
the Indian chief
the Indian chief
tinkerbell
tinkerbell
the crocs about to get Hook
the croc's about to get Hook
the croc attacks Hook
the croc attacks Hook
some of the kids from Peter Pan
some of the kids from Peter Pan
my son performing cinderella
my son performing cinderella
my son Rei
my son Rei
kabe march
kabe march
manami, my son Rei and Kotaro
manami, my son Rei and Kotaro
manami, rei and kotaro
manami, rei and kotaro
my son in the suit and kotaro
my son in the suit and kotaro
my son singing haru desu yo
my son singing haru desu yo
younger students playing the tambo…
younger students playing the tamb…
my son playing the drums
my son playing the drums
my son playing the drums
my son playing the drums
my son in performing costume
my son in performing costume
strike a pose soldier
strike a pose soldier
my son Rei with Tsubasa
my son Rei with Tsubasa
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