|the cherry blossoms before they blossom...the castle reflected in the moat|
March 3 was Girls Day in Japan. As the spring giving forth to buds and blossoms, it also is the time to celebrate girls (and soon boys on May 5th) in Japan. One sign of renewal is taking the big cardboard boxes out of the closet that we store all year long with Y`s Hina Matsuri Dolls. It is a tradition to set up the dolls display each year a little before the holiday and leave them up until just after March 3rd. The dolls are smiling to be out of the closet, in the light, radiant in their kimonos.
I read a little about the history of Girls Day (the actual name of the holiday is Hina Matsuri). At first the dolls were made of paper and people would give away their sicknesses, worries, sins, and anything else they want to clear away to the dolls, then set the dolls adrift on the river to carry away all the sickness and misfortune away, thus renewing the spirit for the new season at the start of spring. This custom gave way to the more `permanent` and fancy dolls display that are popular now and since the Edo period. I like the ephemeral nature of the earlier custom. But its also a special treat that we have the dolls display from my husbands family that was given to Y at her 1st dolls day 14 years ago!
We had a traditional Girls Day feast of Chirashi Sushi and Sakura Mochi. This year I made both, next year I decided I will have a girls day party since I have gotten pretty good and these two dishes and want to share what I can do!
Say goodbye to the dolls as they get ready to go back to the closet… and hope you are feeling renewed for spring, though the days ahead are said to be a cold spell here in south Japan.
Happy Corner Viewing! Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Karyn.. for the theme.…this weeks theme is renewal.
|Ume (plum) butterfly!|
|Y`s dolls on display…a momo branch in front (peach blossom! )|
|Y allowed me to take one picture only! here she is!!|
Happy Girls Day!!