It is time to prepare for Hina Matsuri, the Doll Festival, celebrated by families with daughters. I have written about it on the Hina page (found at the top of this blog, or click here).
Traditionally you display the dolls from about a month before March 3rd, which is the main day. The best time to put up the decorations is on a TAIAN （大安）, a lucky day, according to the Chinese calendar. Today is Taian:
Many families have a set of the traditional dolls, the Imperial Couple and their attendants in ancient dress. You can read about them here.
Families with less space might have other decorations, like these made of paper, Japanese lacquer, clay or porcelain.
I, on the other hand, continue to stick to my favourite type of ornament, the Hanging Hina Dolls. Making stuffed dolls and ornaments from kimono scraps is an old tradition in mainly three areas of Japan: Inatori a hot spa town on the Izu Peninsula, Yanagawa in Fukuoka, Kyushu, where the dolls are hung across the river and the best way to enjoy this festival is of course from a boat on the river and Sakata in Yamagata Prefecture where the dolls are dangling from Japanese paper umbrellas. Click on the links and enjoy!
So I spent yesterday making three new ornaments for my own display; a Rabbit, a Flower and a Bag of Fortune:
Tomorrow I'll post a tutorial for the rabbit.