February 03, 2018


Ōhahi-ippō Doll Shop, Kamigyō-ku, Kyōto
Fujifilm Finepix X100

Every year on March 3rd, Japan celebrates the Doll Festival (ひな祭り, Hina Matsuri). Until recently, Girls' Day was also celebrated on March 3rd. On this day every year, families set up a special step-altar on which to arrange their Emperor and Empress dolls, called "ひな人形, Hinaningyō" in Japanese. They decorate this altar with boughs of peach blossoms and make offerings to the hina dolls of freshly made rice cakes (餅, mochi), either flavored with a wild herb or colored and cut into festive diamond shapes.

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