<< Hina-Matsuri >>
"Hina-Matsuri" is the day known
as girls festival on March 3rd.
We display dolls and offer spray of peach
tree blossoms with rice cakes.
In China, there is a custom: people make
much of the same date of the month and day
from olden times. They exercised by the waterside
on March 3rd.
"Hina-Matsuri" of Japan is the custom from China.
There was an event during the Heian Era.
People made dolls who floated the river.
People thought the dolls could remove our
sins that float down them down the river
or burn them. "Hina-Matsuri" was
a day to make and float dolls down the river,
purify feelings at waterside and "Ohanami".
We eat soup with clams at "Hina-Matsuri"
that retain feelings of being purifird by
the waterside. We didn't begin the practice
of displaying dolls until the Muromachi Period.
In the Edo Period, the dolls manufacture
were made with better technical skill than
before. People regreted burning the dolls
or sending them down the river, so they made
special platforms to display dolls.