Dating hina dolls
These folding screens are very common in Japan for any type of decoration.They’re often also used to display the zodiac of the current year.The festival is held in order to pray for a happy and healthy life for one’s daughter.According to an ancient Chinese belief you can transfer sin and misfortune to a doll.The custom of displaying dolls for the “Girl’s Festival” dates back to the Heian period (794 – 1185).The dolls will be on display starting from the middle of February.The festival is also known as: “The Girl’s Festival”, “The Doll’s Festival” or “The Peach Festival” (ももの節句).
There are additional numbers on the inside arms, inside thighs, the back of the heads on the neck rim; these were probably manufacturer part numbers used to assemble the dolls and do not have any importance in trying to identify the Barbie doll or year it was on the market.
There’s also a festival for boys in May called “Children’s Day” (Kodomo no Hi).
While that is a national holiday, the Hina Matsuri is not!
While “ningyo” or human figurines can be traced to ancient Japanese rituals, it wasn’t until the Edo Period (1604-1868) that dolls truly flourished in Japan.
In the Heien Period (794-1185), dolls were displayed as talisman to bring good luck or treated as amulets when placed by children’s bedsides to absorb evil spirits and thus protect the kids.