Image from page 183 of "Old and new Japan" (1907)
Title: Old and new Japan
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ittle as half a yen, or may cost five or six yen and more.A set of geisha dolls, musicians and dancers, can be hadfrom a yen to five or six yen. Soldier and sailor dollsrange in price from ten sen to a yen. Of course, baby dollsand ordinary folk are to be bought for a few sen upwards. The poorest child must have her O Hina, and thepoorest parent must be able to buy. Rich people spendreally immense sums upon a complete set. Sometimes asmuch as four or five hundred yen (^40 to ^50), and in thehouses of the upper classes the Festival of Dolls is trulya wonderful celebration. Not only are there the new-comers amongst the dolls, but the priceless heirloomswhich have amused the little girls of the family (and thelarger ones too) through many successive generations.But there are even in so large a city as Tokyo only threeor four large manufactories of these special dolls and dollsfurniture. Dolls of the ordinary kind are, of course, madein enormous numbers all the year round, and are procur-
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!L£.W^ -w^fli^* ON SUCH A CANAL AS THIS T1IK TINY SUNS (AT BOMMATSURI) ARELAUNCHED AND SENT ON THEIR VOYAGE TO THE SEA. FESTIVALS QUAINT & BEAUTIFUL 129 able at any time in the usual toy-shops. But those for thefestival are only sold for about a fortnight previous to itsannual celebration. Many children possess scores of different dolls, whichon the day of the festival are set out in the room reservedfor them in ingenious groups; which indicate perhaps asimple family party, a party of geisha dancing, a represen-tation of the Imperial Court, with all the chief personagesfrom the Mikado and Empress downwards, in miniature,or some scene in Japanese history. The bride dolls have their trousseaux chests like realbrides; only they are of exquisite lacquer instead ofimitation leather or wood, as with us. In these are laidthe most beautiful tiny silken kimono; obi, which rival inminiature the richness and colours of the real things ; futon,under which the dolls can go to bed ; and all so
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