Hina dolls

Wagashi Calendar: Ohinagashi in March

With the arrival of March, the weather is slowly getting warmer as spring approaches. In the kyuureki, March is known as Yayoi (弥生) which is said to originate from the saying kikusaiyaohi zuki (木草弥や生ひ月) that means the month when the grass and trees are about to grow thickly. The term Yayoi was believed to be…

Learn the Story of Awashima Shrine and Its Plethora of Hina Dolls!

There are many Japanese superstitions about dolls which were believed to have souls and the power to influence people’s lives. A large number of these dolls are placed on the altar of Awashima Shrine, a shrine dedicated to women in Kada, Wakayama Prefecture. It is popular for “hina ningyo” dolls which are given to young…

3 Non-Creepy Handmade Japanese Dolls to Add to the Collection

I have always been attracted to Japanese dolls. They are not only very sophisticated but are also intricately made by Japanese artists. The dolls reflect the Japanese culture with their elaborately-designed Kimonos and their pale white complexion. What’s unique about these dolls is that they are handmade and it can take up to 1-2 years…