Today is Hinamatsuri, Girls’ Day, Girls’ Festival or Dolls Festival in Japan. I remember being intrigued with the tall displays of the imperial court when I was a girl. Some were so elaborate and elegant – yes, I would have loved a collection of my own!
The kanji 「雛・ひな」hina defines as “chick, duckling, squab [fledgling bird] and doll”。「祭り・まつり」Matsuri means “ritual, offer prayers, celebrate, deify, enshrine and worship”. The origins of this festival trace back to hina-nagashi in the Heian Period. So there’s more to this than just celebrating girls and dolls – also a little spiritualism and “magic” (perhaps).
The photo is ancient – from my dad’s collection, something “generic” so I’m not sure that he even took it. He must have used it though, to talk about Japanese culture in our trips “back” to the US. At any rate, it gives me pause to look back and there’s always something new to learn in the process.
The month began with those “March winds” – it was blustery and I’ve had some custom work on the line this week. It was uncharacteristically warm – in the 80s – not at all March-like.
The real reason for this entry? I changed the times for the opening for “Filaments”, the upcoming exhibit mentioned in my last blog. I’ve also updated it on the Events page – 6-8 p. instead of 5-7 p. Hope to see you there!