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Who are Hinaningyo Dolls?


Hinaningyo dolls represent the court scene and mainly signify weddings. There are some differences depending on the region and manufacturer, but here are some common characteristics:


Dairibina

Since Dairi refers to the Imperial Palace, the residence of the Emperor, the Dairibina (male and female) represent the Emperor and Empress residing in the Palace. There are also some that represent the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess. In Japan, the traditional arrangement of dolls was male on the right and female on the left (from the dolls' point of view, male on the left and female on the left), based on the concept of left-higher ranking - You see it from the doll's point of view; the male had the higher rank. However, following the example of the Taisho and Showa Emperors, who lined up in the opposite accordance with international manners, the doll industry in the Kanto region in the early Showa period began to arrange male dolls on the left and female dolls on the right. Even today, in Kyoto and other cities that value tradition, the traditional Japanese arrangement is often used.


Sannin Kanjo

They are the courtesans serving in the inner court. The chief courtesan in the center holds a sake cup on three sides and has shaved eyebrows and black teeth as a symbol of her marital status. The one on the left holds a sake-filled kuwae no choshi with her mouth open. The one on the right holds a nagae no choshi that you pour the sake with, with her mouth closed.


Gonin Bayashi

They are the performers of the musical accompaniment. From left to right: taiko drum, otsuzumi large hand drum, kotsuzumi small hand drum, fue flute, and utai chant. Each one has a different expression.


Zuishin

They are guardians of the Dairi. The young man on the left is commonly called the right minister and the bearded old man on the right is commonly called the left minister, both of whom carry bows and arrows.


Shicho

They are the men who do chores at court. They are also called Sanninjodo (three men, one angry, one crying, and one laughing). They carry a daigasa (hat), kutsudai (stand for shoes), and tachigasa (umbrella) to represent the scene when they go out. If they have a broom, dustpan, and rake, it represents a person sweeping the court. If you look closely, you can see that they are angry, crying, and laughing.


Tools etc.

In addition to these dolls, the bride-to-be's tools to be a bride and a part of the groom's family and the cherry and tachibana trees planted in the Kyoto Imperial Palace are also decorated.


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