What I Made Over the Weekend

What I Made over the Weekend


Hinamatsuri Dolls

My Hinamatsuri Dolls from "Making Peg Dolls"

Hinamatsuri, known in English as “Doll Day” or sometimes as “Girls Day” is a Japanese festival celebrated every year on March 3.  The custom goes back to the Heian period and was formerly a celebration in which dolls representing the Emperor and his court were floated down a river to the sea as an invocation for the protection of children.  Now, it is celebrated mainly for families with girls, as an expression of joy and hope for abundance and happiness in the girls lives.  I think of it as a way of inviting the Emperor and Empress and their court into one’s home to share this joy with the family.

We have some Japanese friends, so I made this simple Hinamatsuri display as a gift for them, using the instructions in Making Peg Dolls as my guide.  Making these little friends was one of the most delightful things I’ve done in a long, long time; so much fun, in fact, that I just had to share it with you.

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