doll (pastimes: toys)

Male doll in traditional red and gold costume.

The doll is used as a centerpiece Emperor doll or obina for the Hina-matsuri festival. It is displayed on platforms covered with red material alongside an Empress doll (mebina). Court ladies, accompanying ministers, and attendants are displayed alongside them. Hina-matsuri, also called dolls day or girl’s day is a religious holiday celebrated on the 3rd March every year in Japan. The dolls are supposed to protect little girls from bad spirits.

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