Japan · Life in Japan


On March 3rd, Japan celebrates Hinamatsuri, a festival also known as Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day. The day is used to pray for the health and well-being of young girls. For this festival, dolls are displayed on tiered platforms that are covered in a red carpet. Each tier and doll represent certain characters of the royal court.

For example, the two top tier dolls represent the Emperor and Empress; and the subsequent tiers have dolls representing the attendants and court musicians.

At the harbour house on Setoda Island, where the freaky scarecrows reside, a display has already been set up.

Not only that, but children from the local nursery school have also created their own Emperor and Empress dolls using lemons for their heads.

Lemons are one of the main types of produce farmed on Setoda Island, so I think it is a nice combination of that and the upcoming festival.

The table displaying all the lemon-head creations
They are just too cute!
I thought the eyes on these ones were so funny šŸ™‚

And there you have it, just wanted to share some of the local happenings over on my side of the world. Meanwhile, on the school front, everything has recently gone quiet and somewhat stress-free as students will be starting their end of the year exams this week (for the next 2 weeks) – which means many an hour sitting at my desk absorbing the internet and online books. No complaints here šŸ˜‰


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