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【Tsurushibina】“Tsurushi bina” is wishes of a girl’s happiness in each household on the day of Hinamatsuri2015.03.03

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In Japan, we celebrate a girl’s happiness in each household on March 3rd, called “Hinamatsuri.” On the day, we set Ohinasama dolls. However, they are usually very opulence and they occupy huge space, so some could not possess the dolls at Edo period.

However, a mother, a grandmother and even neighbors want to wish a happiness of a new born girl baby, so each makes a small doll. Then they suspend those dolls on a string. This is called, “Tsurushi bina,” which become an amulet for a new born girl baby. This is the origin of Tsurushi bina.

Each dolls has a different meaning of wishes.
For examples:

  • A dog doll stands for a wish of a healthy baby as well as a charm against bad luck.
  • A flower of Japanese plum stands for a wish of growing beautifully just like a flower.
  • “Haikoningyo”, a doll of a baby crawling, stand for a wish of a baby to grow up bravely by crawling a lot.
  • A strawberry doll stands for a charm against bad luck.
  • “Harukoma”, a doll of a horse, stand for a wish of growing bravely and playing fun as well as having a steady work when she grows up.
  • “Houzuki”, a doll of a Chinese lantern plant, stands for a wish of avoiding feminine ailments.

There are some types of Tsurushi bina, such as to hung, to put on the floor and so on. We can choose them according to the lifestyles. Making small dolls and putting them together to wish a happiness of a baby is one of the beautiful cultures in Japan.

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