An annual milestone in the life of young Japanese girls occurs on March 3. That’s Girl’s Day, when parents in Japan wish their daughters health and happiness and mark the occasion by putting out the family’s treasured ornamental Hina dolls.
From February 8 to March 6, we’re exhibiting our own vintage set of these exquisite figures. A multi-tiered platform covered with red fabric displays dolls representing the emperor and empress and their court attendants and musicians arrayed in the traditional dress of the Heian period (794-1185 AD). For 800 years such doll sets have been handed down from mother to daughter, and in many regions of Japan there is a superstition that they must come down soon after Girls’ Day and be put away for another year, lest the girls in the household remain single for the rest of their lives.
Bring in your own daughter, granddaughter, niece, or simply a friend’s little girl to enjoy this fleeting pageantry in miniature. Their brothers are welcome, too!