Hina Matsuri | Traditional event to celebrate growth of girls in Japan, Guided by Japanese webmaster !

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  • What is ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japan
  • History of ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japan
  • How often we can see ‘Hina Ningyoi’ in Japan

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  • Who like Japan !
  • Who are interested in Japanese culture
  • Who want to enjoy Japanese event

In this page, I would like to introduce ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japan

You may get knowledge of ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japan, as well as Japanese have, after reading of this article. Have fun !

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SHINTA+ / Japanese blog writer, born and raised in Japan, visited more than 20 countries, introducing Japanese culture to the world, with both domestic & international experiences.

What is ‘Hina Matsuri’

‘Hina-matsuri’ is the important event in Japan, to celebrate growth of the girls. It’s on 3rd. March. As it’s in season of peach blossoms, it’s called as Momo(peach) no sekku(important day). In this day, the family who has girl display ‘Hina Ningyo’. Various dolls with very old Japanese dress are displayed on the red carpet with gorgeousness.

Basic knowledge of ‘Hina Matsuri’

  • 3rd March, to celebrate growth of girls
  • In season of peach blossoms
  • Display ‘Hina Ningyo’, gorgeous dolls
  • Not a National holiday
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‘Hina Ningo’ is very beautiful !!

History of ‘Hina Matsuri’

It’s not clear when this tradition was started and its origin. However, it’s said that in Heian era (794-1185), Hina-asobi as prototype of Hina-matsuri was held by the person in aristocracy at that time in Kyoto. In Edo era (1603-1868), the style of Hina-matsuri was getting near to current one. The tradition was spread all over Japan.

History of ‘Hina Matsuri’

  • Origine of Hina Matsuri is not clear
  • In Heian era (794-1185), there was a prototype
  • In Edo era (17-19th century) near to current style
  • Style of Hina Ningyo is slightly different in each area (e.g Kyoto, in western and Tokyo in eastern)
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‘Hina Matsuri’ has history more than 1000 years in Japan !

Other information about ‘Hina Matsuri’

Hina Matsuri is generally made as family event. It’s not popular to display Hina-ningyo in public space. Tourist might have an opportunity to see items of Hina Matsuri, only at dealers in Asakusabashi in Tokyo or large department stores in Japan, in January or February.

More information about Hina Matsuri

  • Basically as event only in family
  • Difficult to find Hina Ningyo in public spaces
  • Hina Ningyo is displayed in specific places
    • Department stores in January, February
    • Dealer of Hina Ningyo
    • Event of Hina Matsuri (Not many)
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‘Hina Ningo’ is very beautiful, but difficult to see in off season ….

Summary

In the end, I would like to summarize the points of this article as follows

What is ‘Hina Matsuri’ in Japan

  • The event to celebrate growth of girls, on 3rd. March
  • More than 1000 years of history in Japan
  • Hina Ningyo is essential item in this event

Postscript

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Hina Matsuri is very popular event especially for family who has daughter. I only have sons, however, when I was a child, my parents displayed Hina Ningyo for my sister. It was so beautiful.

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