Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Corner View--Hands





This past Sunday was Hina Matsuri, or Girls Day Festival, in Japan.   Every year we put out the dolls display in one of our tatami rooms, the room which once was Y`s bedroom and over the years has become my  room where I do meditation, yoga and listen to music.

When the dolls display is up it takes up almost the whole room!   So this week I would do my meditation facing the dolls, and accepted that there wasn`t much space in the room left for a yoga mat.  Although its always a big job to put up the display (the dolls and base are stored throughout the year in large cardboard boxes in our closet, they were a gift from my husband`s family for Y`s first girls day thirteen years ago!) , once its there the room has a festive and magic feeling.  The dolls seem happy to be out in their special time of year.


As my hands move about during my meditation, I watch the dolls in repose, their hands neatly placed on a fan, a sword, in a gesture of giving...




See what hands are doing around the world on this weeks corner view.
jane`s corner view, francesca`s hosting

Hands holding a lotus flower on a roadside statue (for sale!)

ai♡ kawarazu
jgy


11 comments:

simply bev said...

Such beautiful dolls and I just love the girl's day festival - that's wonderful!

Cole said...

Lovely! Happy festival!

Menthe Blanche said...

Thank you for sharing these traditions with us. This is a discovery for me.

Heather said...

They are so beautiful! Would it be considered bad form to leave them out year round? (Asks the woman who has "undecorated" her Christmas tree, but still has it sitting in her living room. Of course, in my defense, it is live and potted...)

jgy said...

Thanks, and to Heather, thanks for sharing about your tree! hmmm, a good question, it is said that the dolls should be put away soon after the girls day festival, and if they remain out too long it will mean a late marriage for the girl whose dolls they are!
I wonder if they remain up all year what the implications would be!!
Somehow though it does keep the magic to us when we take them out of the boxes after a year, and they become like a first sign of spring when we take them out... almost as if when we put them in the closet the dolls go off to lead their dream of a dolls life...to do what they need or rest so they are ready to return to us each spring...

Francesca said...

let's hear it for a culture that celebrates women, even if just for one day a year.

sidetable said...

Interesting and beautiful! Thank you for sharing the tradition!

Ale said...

Hope your hands feel better..! Thanks for sharing Japanese culture, I love learning about what people are doing and how what kind of traditions they hold on the other side of the 'blue ball'.

Heather said...

Thanks for letting me know. I guess it makes them more special if they are only out once a year, but a late marriage may not be a bad thing :-)

Tzivia said...

So nice to see the display of Girls Day dolls! (Where does Y sleep now that her room has become your yoga & meditation room?)

ibb said...

Lovely and love the colours...the patterns...

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