Well hello, dollies: Hina Matsuri 2016

Life Mar 3, 2016

Well hello, dollies: Hina Matsuri 2016

In the run-up to Hina Matsuri (Girl's Day), people traditionally display "hina" dolls at home — and, it is believed, they must be taken down by March 4 to prevent a late marriage. The centuries-old tradition has both persevered and evolved. Here's how it ...

Fukuoka awash with hina dolls and hidden temples

Travel Mar 14, 2015

Fukuoka awash with hina dolls and hidden temples

by Mandy Bartok

My daughter, having a little girl's predilection for princesses, turns out to be an excellent spotter of kids in kimono. "Look Mama, another one!" she whispers to me and my friend Elaine excitedly, as we make our way down the back alleys of Yanagawa, a ...

Kennedy thanks woman who gave 'hina' doll set to her father

National Feb 26, 2015

Kennedy thanks woman who gave 'hina' doll set to her father

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on Thursday thanked by letter an elderly woman who decades ago sent a set of traditional "hina" dolls to her father, President John F. Kennedy. The donor, former grocer Tsuyako Matsumoto, 92, now lives in a nursing home in Kitami, Hokkaido ...

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

Travel Apr 12, 2014

Hitoyoshi: Kyushu's 'little Kyoto'

by Mandy Bartok

There are 24 tunnels on the expressway between Kumamoto and Hitoyoshi, 23 more than my claustrophobic mother is comfortable with. By the time we pull off at the small city in southern Kumamoto Prefecture that bills itself as a "little Kyoto," my navigator is ...

'Hina Dolls of  the Mitsui Family'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Feb 5, 2014

'Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family'

by Hanna Lange

In Japan, girls are traditionally given hina doll sets, which are put on display throughout the Hinamatsuri (Girls' Festival) season in March each year. Usually, each girl of the family will receive her own set, which she keeps throughout her life. This exhibition displays all ...