As part of the Japan Festival 2012’s series of articles, here’s an exhibit that have had enthralled me the most… the exhibit of Hinamatsuri Dolls.
Hinamatsuri occurs on March 3 as an occasion to pray for young girls’ growth and happiness. Most homes with girls display dolls for the Doll’s Festival and dedicate to them peach blossoms, rice cakes cubes, special colored and diamond-shaped rice cakes, white sake, and other items. The origin of Hinamatsuri started from an ancient practice way back 1000 years ago in which the sin of the body and misfortune are transfered to a doll and washed away by setting the doll in a river to drift away, then it relates to girl’s playing with dolls. Then it was during the Edo Period which dated around 1603-1867, when it was developed as what we call now the Hinamatsuri.
In the exhibit, Hinamatsuri dolls in wonderful royal-like robes were decorated in a hierarchical pyramid. And during the exhibit, you get to witness how the artisans paint these dolls on the spot! More interesting is that the dolls were painted not by Japanese… but by Cebuano craftsmen! 😀
Here’s the video that I took on a cebuana painting hairlines on a Japanese Hinamatsuri doll’s face.
Amazingly skilled Japanese doll artisan even for a native Cebuana isn’t it? 😉
The exhibit was sponsored by “First Cebu Art Craft Corporation“. Established in 1953 and in alliance with the Maruyoshi Corporation in Japan, First Cebu Art Craft Corp. is a Japanese firm in Cebu that engages in production and exporting of Japanese dolls. The factory is currently located in Talisay City Cebu.
As a Cebuana myself, it’s quite surprising to know that we have our own factory for Japanese dolls exports here in Cebu.
So that Hinamatsuri doll that you have at your own home right now is probably made here! 😀
Event: Japan Festival 2012 Cebu
Featured: Hinamatsuri Japanese Doll Craft Exhibit
Date: August 11-12, 2012
Venue: Ayala Activity Center Cebu City Philippines