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HINA MATSURI -- "GIRLS DAY" CELEBRATION AND DECORATIONS in OLD JAPAN  雛人形 | by Okinawa Soba (Rob)
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HINA MATSURI -- "GIRLS DAY" CELEBRATION AND DECORATIONS in OLD JAPAN 雛人形

Although I do have others, this is one of the best Meiji-era close-content images of the Japanese Doll Festival decorations I have seen during my old-photo-collecting days.

 

".......The Japanese Doll Festival, or Girls' Day, is held on March 3, the third day of the third month. Platforms with a red hi-mōsen are used to display a set of ornamental dolls (雛人形, hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period......."

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinamatsuri

 

The once crisp features of this old hand-colored albumen photo have deteriorated over time. This particular print came out of an old album found in a damp basement in the USA. However, the value of the historic content over-rides these problems, and makes the photo worth posting for your Creative Commons use....or just plain Looky-Loo interest in old doll culture. If you skipped over the Wikipedia link above, you might want to go back and check it out.

 

Meiji-era photographer T. ENAMI dragged this nice collection of Dolls and Toys into his studio, all just to get this one shot for posterity. The maple-leaf patterned sliding doors are one of many classic Enami background studio props from the 1890s.

 

Now, if only I can find another one of these in better condition...(saw a really nice one on eBay, but wasn't willing to pay the price!) ;-)

 

For more on Enami's life and times, see : www.t-enami.org/

 

For a large collection of his old Japanese photography see : www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/collections/7215761388...

 

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NOTE : Far from being a thing of the past, this observance is alive and well today, and photographers cannot resist it : images.google.com/images?q=hinamatsuri&oe=utf-8&r...

 

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Taken on June 23, 2009