The hina matsuri (doll festival) on March 3 is still a while off. However, displays commemorating Japan’s young daughters will end promptly on that day, because, according to tradition, if they stay up — those daughters might lose their chance at marriage.
The Takashimaya department store in Tokyo follow the tradition of setting up gorgeous doll displays in its main entrance hall.
The dolls are made by distinguished Japanese doll makers and includes parasol-shaped accessories. This is said to bring happiness as old adages say that happiness comes under the umbrella. The display is set up on a seven-tiered stand with dolls representing the emperor, empress and their servants. There is also miniature furniture. The scene represents a marriage ceremony at a royal court, where the emperor and empress wish for their daughter’s happy future.
Takashimaya Tokyo was designated as an important cultural property in 2009.
The Japanese Doll Festival at Takashimaya Nihombashi in Tokyo will be held until Feb. 15. The store opens from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information, call (03)3211-4111, or visit www.takashimaya.co.jp/tokyo