Posted by: softypapa | October 3, 2007

Small Vintage Japanese Photo – Hina Matsuri Girls Day


The young woman in this photo is posing before a traditional Japanese girl’s day doll display. This small, original old photograph is in poor condition with some scratches, stains, fading and discoloration. The photo appears to have been previously mounted in an album as there is some torn paper from the album stuck to the back of the photo as well as at the corners. The photo dates from the early to mid 20th century and was acquired in the historic city of Shizuoka, Japan near the foot of Mt. Fuji.

More about Girl’s Day
Sometime during the long Japanese Edo period (1600-1868) households with young girls began to set out attractive displays of dolls around the middle of February. The dolls were usually kept on display until March 3rd which eventually came to be known as “Girls Day” or hina matsuri as it is called in Japanese. This special day is also sometimes referred to as momo no sekku which means “Festival of the Peach” due to the fact that beautiful pink peach blossoms are often placed among the dolls on display. Girl’s Day dolls are nearly always seen wearing the courtly robes of Heian period (794-1185) nobility. And the dolls are frequently arranged on platforms consisting of between 5 and 7 tiers covered with red felt. Though single-tier displays consisting of one male and one female doll are also quite common (especially in cramped modern apartments). Young Japanese girls (such as our little Emily) often enjoy spending hours assembling and arranging their dolls and accessories according to very old rules of display (Internet websites help many modern Japanese parents learn the rules). However, though the dolls may remain on display for many weeks leading up to March 3rd, tradition holds that the dolls must be put away promptly after this date in order to ensure a young girl’s future happiness with a home and family of her own. A similar holiday for boys is the May 5th celebration of Boy’s Day. In recent times, Boy’s Day has come to be known as “Children’s Day.”

Size of photographic image*:
Height: 2.1 inches (5.4 centimeters)
Width: 1.6 inches (4.0 centimeters)
*excluding any mounting or border

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item code: R3S5B2A1-0003273
category code: furuishashin
ship code: L1650


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