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Hina Dolls in Standing Poses / Shunkou Masuda - Tachibina
- Product ID
- Shunkou Masuda
A Japanese-style painter
- 596mm x 1900mm
- Roller End Material
- Red Plastic
- Material of the Work
- JPY 35,000
- Stock Condition
- In stock
“Hina-matsuri” (The Japanese Doll Festival) is an annual event. It is a seasonal festival to pray for the healthy growth of girls. In Japan, Hina-matsuri used to be observed on March 3 of the old calendar (around present-day April). It was on the first day of March, the Snake month, according to the Japanese lunar-solar calendar. However, after the calendar reform of January 1, 1873, the festival has generally been celebrated on March 3 according to the Gregorian calendar (or new calendar). In some parts of Japan, mainly snowy regions such as the “Touhoku” region, Hina-matsuri is still observed on March 3rd of the old calendar. There are other regions that celebrate the festival on April 3rd, in line with the new calendar. Hina-matsuri was also named “Momo-no-sekku” (peach’s-sekku) because the festival, under the old calendar, was held when peach trees blossomed.
Hina-matsuri is a seasonal festival in which dolls are displayed, centering around two dolls representing the emperor, called “obina,” and the empress, called “mebina.” The display is decorated with peach flowers and people enjoy eating and drinking “shirozake” (sweet white sake).
During the Edo period, the girls’ “doll play” was combined with the “ceremony of the seasonal festival.” Hina-matsuri spread across the country and dolls began to be displayed. During this period, however, in addition to the traditional aspects of the doll display, Hina-matsuri increasingly came to have a ritualistic aspect; the dolls are made to suffer life’s present and future misfortunes in the place of people. Also at this time, the Hina-matsuri doll set came to be considered one of the bride’s household articles for high-ranking females, such as the daughters of “samurai” families. As a result, the doll trend became more elegant and luxurious.
A “tachibina” doll is a hina doll in a standing pose. The kakejiku (hanging scroll) of tachibina dolls is sometimes displayed during Hina-matsuri. Moreover, the kakejiku sometimes is displayed instead of the Hina-matsuri doll set.
This is a painting of tachibina dolls by Shunkou Masuda. Their faces are very cute. The “kimono” (dress) has a “shou-chiku-bai” design (a combination of pine, bamboo and plum trees). This is very interesting because Japanese believe that shou-chiku-bai is a lucky symbol.