Girls’ Festival – Hina-matsuri- in Japan

Girls’ Festival -Hina-matsuri-

The New Year’s Holidays passed, so we have changed our gallery’s kakejiku (Japanese hanging scrolls). The kakejiku is normally displayed from earlier than its best season, and we are looking forward to coming the best season. This is a basic rule for enjoying the kakejiku. This is why we mainly displayed nandina, camellias and hina dolls kakejiku.

ART NOMURA Shop View

ART NOMURA Shop View

 

I’ll write a post about girls’ festival (Hina-matsuri) in Japan.

“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). However, 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-(peach’s) sekku” because the festival, under the old calendar, was held when peach trees blossomed.
Hina-matsuri, girls’ festival, is a seasonal festival in which dolls are displayed, and 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, in which the dolls suffer all of the 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.

Girls' Festival (Hina-matsuri) 001

Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri) 001

 

Girls' Festival (Hina-matsuri) 002

Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri) 002

 

Tachibina Dolls Kakejiku


A “tachibina” doll is a hina doll in a standing pose. The kakejiku (hanging scroll) of tachibina dolls is sometimes displayed during Hina-matsuri (girls’ festival). Moreover, the kakejiku sometimes is displayed instead of the Hina-matsuri doll set.

The Kakejiku of Tachibina Dolls

The Kakejiku of Tachibina Dolls for Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri)

 

Tachibina Dolls Kakejiku 001

Tachibina Dolls Kakejiku 001 for Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri)

 

Tachibina Dolls Kakejiku 002

Tachibina Dolls Kakejiku 002 for Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri)

 

Their delicately painted faces are very refined. The elaborate detail of their dresses draws your attention. The entire piece is full of grace, and the kakejiku will accentuate girls’ festival (Hina-matsuri).

 

Hina Daruma Dolls Kakejiku


Daruma doll, which is a self-righting doll, is popular as a lucky charm. “Hina” Daruma doll is Daruma-doll in obina or mebina shapes.

Hina Daruma Dolls

Hina Daruma Dolls

 

Hina Daruma Dolls Kakejiku 001

Hina Daruma Dolls Kakejiku 001 for Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri)

 

Hina Daruma Dolls Kakejiku

Hina Daruma Dolls Kakejiku002 for Girls’ Festival (Hina-matsuri)

 

This work is a collaboration between Suikou Saitou and Houen Kusunoki. The hina Daruma dolls were painted by Suikou Saitou and the calligraphy was written by Houen Kusunoki. The hina Daruma dolls are very pretty and the calligraphy was written with lively brushstrokes. The fluttering flower petals are drawn with gold paint on the mouting fabric. It is very difficult to paint something on mouting fabric. This work is very splendid.

 


The Kakejiku Is a Nice Souvenir.

Many tourists from other countries to Japan look for some souvenir. Is there anyone who is looking for something novel? The kakejiku will surely satisfy the desire.

Kakejiku (Japanese hanging scrolls) are Japanese traditional painting art and our company’s main products.

Kakejiku picture

Kakejiku

 

 


Art Nomura Is a Souvenir Shop in Kobe.

Art Nomura, our company, is located at Tarumi-ku ward, Kobe city. The company has produced kakejiku for over 40 years. Although our company is a manufacturing wholesaler, it also sells retail. Recently, kakejiku are becoming popular as rare souvenirs among people from other countries.

Art Nomura is also a souvenir shop in Kobe. Please, by all means, drop in when you come to Kobe.

Souvenir Shop in Kobe

Art Nomura (Nomura Bijutsu in Japanese) / Souvenir Shop in Kobe

 

Souvenir Shop in Kobe

Art Nomura Gallery / Souvenir Shop in Kobe

 

About 15 minutes walk from JR Tarumi Station. Also, you can get a taxi in front of JR Tarumi Station.

 

Art Nomura

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Address

7-23, Baba dori, Tarumi-ku ward, Kobe city, Hyogo prefecture, 655-0021, Japan

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10:00 AM to 18:00 PM

Holiday

Sunday (2th and 4th), National Holiday and Monday

 

 


Please, by all means, choose them as your souvenir.

 

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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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Name Art Nomura


President Tatsuji Nomura


Founded1973


Established1992


Address7-23 Babadori, Tarumi-ku, Kobe city,
Hyougo Prefecture, 655-0021, Japan



Capital10 million yen


URLhttp://nomurakakejiku.com


Our Business

 Art Nomura is an art dealer which produces kakejiku (hanging scrolls). We mount many paintings and calligraphic works in kakejiku in my factory. Kakejiku are our main product. We also remount and repair old or damaged kakejiku. We share the traditional Japanese art of kakejiku with people all over the world.



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 The Japanese people have long set a high value on aesthetic senses since ancient times. As a result, the
peculiar culture which is not seen in other countries blossomed and many aspects of the modern Japanese
culture come from it. Parts of Japanese culture has been introduced to people in other countries recently,
so the number of people from other countries who are interested in Japanese culture has been increasing.
However, the Japanese aesthetic senses, which are the bases of Japanese culture, have been nurtured
through a long history, intertwining various elements intricately, such as climate, geographical features,
religion, customs and so on. Therefore, they are very difficult to understand not only for people from other
countries, but even for the Japanese people. I think the best tool which conveys these difficult senses
understandably is a “kakejiku.”
 The kakejiku (a hanging scroll; a work of calligraphy or a painting which is mounted and hung in an
alcove or on a wall) is a traditional Japanese art. It's no exaggeration to say that paintings are what
express aesthetic senses at all times and places. The kakejiku is an art which expresses the Japanese
aesthetic senses. The kakejiku has long been used in traditional Japanese events, daily life and so on since
ancient times. As a result, there are various customs of kakejiku in Japan; kakejiku and the life of the
Japanese are closely related. We can see Japanese values through kakejiku.
 The kakejiku is a cultural tradition which the Japanese people should be proud of. However, many people
in other countries don't know much about it because it hasn't been showcased as much. This is why I
decided to try to introduce it. The kakejiku world is very interesting and beautiful. We want not only the
Japanese, but also many people from other countries to know and enjoy it. I hope that many people will
love kakejiku someday.

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