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Tue, 06 Jul 2010
Just found this Blog from my friend Yeinjee in Eastern Asia. I hope you like it, she has some really great stuff,



THIS ENTIRE WEB PAGE IS FROM THE PEN OF
YEINJEE'S ASIAN JOURNAL

Hina Matsuri (雛祭り – doll festival), or Girls’ Day is a traditional Japanese festival held on March 3rd annually to celebrate the girls’ healthy growth.

Hina Ningyo, Japanese ornament dolls to
celebrate Hina Matsuri Japanese Girls Festival
Hina Ningyo, Japanese ornament dolls (Image by Shigemi)

The festival is originated from ancient practises where people would dispose dolls into rivers, believing that the dolls would absorb and bring away the bad spirit; some people still follow the custom these days by tossing symbolic paper dolls.

Japanese parents would give a set of Hina Ningyo (ornamental dolls, often passed on from generation to generation) to their baby girl on her first Hina Matsuri and would decorate and display the dolls annually to celebrate the child’s growth.

The Hina Ningyo set traditionally consists of 15 dolls which are replicas of ancient emperor, empress and their subordinates; the dolls are arranged on a seven-tiers platform in certain order together with decorative items and ceremonial food.

Hishi Mochi, Japanese
diamond shaped rice cakeHina Matsuri is also called Momo no sekku, the Festival of Peach Blossoms. Peach blossoms, low-alcohol rice wine and Hishi Mochi (pic) are some of the normal ceremonial food.

Hishi Mochi are diamond shaped coloured rice cakes… pink colour symbolises peach flowers, white for snow (cleanliness), and green for earth (health).

The Hina dolls are normally displayed at home from mid-February but are often kept immediately after Hina Matsuri is over, following superstition that the daughters will have trouble getting married if the dolls are not kept asap after the festival.



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Spring is late this year in Seoul, but she’s coming nonetheless…

Maehwa in Yeouido, Seoul, South Korea

A LITTLE BREAK HERE TO GIVE YEINJEE'S ARM A REST ALL THIS WRITING IS SLOWING HER DOWN, Smile

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