Odairi-sama and Ohina-sama
(Male and Female dolls representing the Emperor and Empress)
Japanese doll festival held on March 3rd is called Hina-matsuri. Hina dolls are traditional ornamental dolls used for this festival only. For more details about Japanese doll festival, see this site.
The hina dolls are supposed to be taken down and put back in the boxes as soon as the festival is finished, because there is an old saying that if you have the dolls on display for too long, the girl(s) in the family will marry late. Now you know the reason why I'm still single: my family was lazy after the doll festival.
I really love these cute wagashi hina dolls. They do look like a man and woman in kimono.
They are in love. ;)
To some wagashi and tea ceremony learners or experts living in and outside
I’m sorry that I cannot give you, at this point, a decent explanation about what these cute dolls are made with. I’m sure these are made with shiro-an (sweetened white bean paste) based dough, but not sure if it is nerikiri or konashi. Again, I forgot to ask the clerk at the store. I’m not sure what the difference between nerikiri and konashi is in the first place, if there is a difference anyway. Some even say that they are the same thing called differently in different areas in
Monday, March 31, 2008
Posted by obachan at 3/31/2008 03:56:00 PM