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Hinamatsuri

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 10:09 PM


33298224002 D8dc24a622 O by taeliac
A photo I took at a community center's hina doll display in Nakatsu, Oita, Japan

ひな祭り

ひなまつり


Hinamatsuri 「ひな祭り、ひなまつり、hina matsuri」is the "Girl's Day" or "Doll's Day" festival here in Japan. It is celebrated every year on March 3rd (3月3日), but festivities take place from mid February all the way through mid March.

The celebration is the counter to a later festival for boys/children in May. Traditionally, little girls in Japan have a set of dolls, usually gifted by grandparents, that represent the royal court. They sit on a stepped display of red felt, surrounded by courtesans, musicians, guards and gifts!

Hina-ningyou by gr33n5unday 
This is a full display of dolls and gifts, with the Emperor and Empress at the top.

Each of the tiers has different things on them, and the number of tiers varies regionally! Some places have 7 teirs, as this one is, whereas where I live, 5 is more common. Sometimes, it is just the Emperor and Empress shown.

Girl's Day Hinamatsuri Dolls by BlueSkyDust

In areas that enacted strict austerity laws, like a nearby city to me, you sometimes only see the top two rows, and instead of being full dolls, it is common to see them made out of cute crafts, such as origami or fabric covered shells. This was because the lord (Daimyo) of the area didn't like huge shows of wealth, and forbade people from spending so much on porcelain dolls that they found their own ways to make them.

Hinamatsuri Desu by BlueSkyDust
These little wooden displays that have a drawer that house the dolls when it's not in use
are still really common in parts of Kyushu, where I live.

The Empress 


The dolls that are displayed during hina matsuri are the focal point, obviously, but the Empress always stands out. I was lucky enough to visit a shrine and tea house that was over 400 years old a few years ago with a friend who's family worshiped there for generations, way out in the countryside. They collect the dolls and put them on display every spring, and some of the dolls were incredibly old.

Hinamatsuri 2015 : 04 by taeliac  Hinamatsuri 2015 : 02 by taeliac  Hinamatsuri by NotiOtaku  Hinamatsuri 2015 : 03 by taeliacHinamatsuri 2015 : 01 by taeliac



You can see a bunch of pictures I have taken of Hina Matsuri on my Flickr, including a real life hina doll display with people dressed in traditional kimono, which I'm amazed I never uploaded here!



Hina Matsuri Song

There is a song that is really famous in Japan for the festival. I learned to play it on the koto (Japanese floor harp) a few years ago, and I just recently learned the words to it. You can hear the song and sing along to it here!


うれしいひな祭り
ureshii hina matsuri
Happy Hina Matsuri


あかりをつけましょ ぼんぼりに
akari o tsukemasho bon bori ni
Let's light the paper lanterns


お花をあげましょ 桃の花
ohana o agemasho momo no hana
Let's give them peach blossoms

五人ばやしの 笛太鼓
go-nin bayashi fuetaiko
Five musicians with flutes and taiko (drums)

今日はたのしい ひな祭り
kyou wa tanoshii hina matsuri
Today is the fun hina matsuri


Some good words to learn from this song, if you're studying Japanese are:


今日

 「きょう、kyou」 today

うれしい

 「ureshii」 happy or joyful

❛❛ 今日はうれしいな。❜❜ "I am happy today." (a kind of wistful way of saying it, maybe while at a picnic)


 「はな、hana」 flower

 「もも、momo」 peach
...therefore...

桃の花

 「もものはな、momo no hana」 peach blossom (momo=peach and hana=flower)
❛❛ かわいいを!❜❜ 「kawaii o hana!」 "Cute flowers!"
❛❛ 桃の花ですか?❜❜ 「momo no hana desu ka?」 "Is it a peach blossom?"
❛❛ はい!そです!❜❜ 「hai! so desu!」 "Yes it is!"


Maybe you want to make your own hina dolls?

Here are some tutorials to get you started on making your own from origami!
Youtube Simple Hina Doll & Diagram (great for little kids!)
A slightly more complex doll pattern

I hope you have learned a little bit about Hina Matsuri today!



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I'm a sewing maniac, who is willing to sew just about anything (cosplay or otherwise) you could throw at me!


:star: I'm currently residing in Japan with my wonderful husband :star:
I'm not working on cosplay commissions at the moment, nor much sewing apart from small personal projects (purses and jewelry, more than anything) due to only having one (I know, right?!) sewing machine with me, and no dress forms or even room to work!


So, for the time being, I am simply existing, getting over some crippling mental health issues, and snapping pictures every chance I get.


I graduated with a BFA in Costume Production in the Spring of 2008. I had created my own costume and cosplay studio, Taeliac Studio,
way back in 2002, which I ran with my husband until we moved to Japan in fall of 2012. We specialized in custom cosplay pieces, and won numerous awards for our work throughout the US. Since moving to Japan, it is incredibly difficult to get your hands on good fabric, and until very recently, we didn't have the room for me to even consider sewing. Now that there is a bit of space (seriously, Japanese apartments are small), I have slowly dipped my toes back into making things, while juggling life, 2 cats 3 cats, mastering Japanese, and dealing with a few major health problems.
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Might be a little late, but I'm trying to be more active here, and maybe explain some of the festivals of Japan, since we're coming up on Golden Week and the like. Plus, I just need an excuse to ramble at you all.
3 Color Mochi Cake Earrings
Just in time for hinamatsuri, I made a bunch of these earrings! Most of them sold at the few boutiques I sell at, but I have a few extra ones up on my Etsy ;P


Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

In spring, there is a festival across Japan in celebration of girls and dolls, called "hina matsuri." Elaborate displays of dolls showing a royal court appear in houses across the country, and each display has a 3 color mochi cake along with the Emperor and Empress.

This delicious confectonary is made from pounded rice molded into shapes. White is the rice, while the pink layer is sakura (cherry blossom) flavor, and the green is green tea flavor.

These earrings evoke the fun of the iconic dessert. They are a limited edition creation for this spring festival, and come in three different shapes:

🌸 Diamond Cake is the traditional shape of the cakes found in hina matsuri displays.
🌸 Sakura Petal Cake is made in the icon of Japanese spring, the notched cherry blossom petal.
🌸 Circular Cake features sparkling pink in the mochi dessert.

Each earring features a cherry pink cherry blossom Swarovski crystal above the cake, to catch the light. They are mounted on brass colored earring hooks, but can be replaced with clip on if you do not have pierced earrings, just let me know!

If the earrings are not made at the time of purchase, it will take me approximately a week to have them made and sent out to you. They are an involved process to make, hence it will take a little bit, so please let me know if you need them for a certain date.


~earring length..............3.5cm/~1⅓ in 
~earring width................ 1cm/~⅜ in
~materials.........................crystal resin, Swarovski crystals, brass findings

Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Available here on my Etsy storefront - LuiLuJapan




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Hinamatsuri

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 10:09 PM


33298224002 D8dc24a622 O by taeliac
A photo I took at a community center's hina doll display in Nakatsu, Oita, Japan

ひな祭り

ひなまつり


Hinamatsuri 「ひな祭り、ひなまつり、hina matsuri」is the "Girl's Day" or "Doll's Day" festival here in Japan. It is celebrated every year on March 3rd (3月3日), but festivities take place from mid February all the way through mid March.

The celebration is the counter to a later festival for boys/children in May. Traditionally, little girls in Japan have a set of dolls, usually gifted by grandparents, that represent the royal court. They sit on a stepped display of red felt, surrounded by courtesans, musicians, guards and gifts!

Hina-ningyou by gr33n5unday 
This is a full display of dolls and gifts, with the Emperor and Empress at the top.

Each of the tiers has different things on them, and the number of tiers varies regionally! Some places have 7 teirs, as this one is, whereas where I live, 5 is more common. Sometimes, it is just the Emperor and Empress shown.

Girl's Day Hinamatsuri Dolls by BlueSkyDust

In areas that enacted strict austerity laws, like a nearby city to me, you sometimes only see the top two rows, and instead of being full dolls, it is common to see them made out of cute crafts, such as origami or fabric covered shells. This was because the lord (Daimyo) of the area didn't like huge shows of wealth, and forbade people from spending so much on porcelain dolls that they found their own ways to make them.

Hinamatsuri Desu by BlueSkyDust
These little wooden displays that have a drawer that house the dolls when it's not in use
are still really common in parts of Kyushu, where I live.

The Empress 


The dolls that are displayed during hina matsuri are the focal point, obviously, but the Empress always stands out. I was lucky enough to visit a shrine and tea house that was over 400 years old a few years ago with a friend who's family worshiped there for generations, way out in the countryside. They collect the dolls and put them on display every spring, and some of the dolls were incredibly old.

Hinamatsuri 2015 : 04 by taeliac  Hinamatsuri 2015 : 02 by taeliac  Hinamatsuri by NotiOtaku  Hinamatsuri 2015 : 03 by taeliacHinamatsuri 2015 : 01 by taeliac



You can see a bunch of pictures I have taken of Hina Matsuri on my Flickr, including a real life hina doll display with people dressed in traditional kimono, which I'm amazed I never uploaded here!



Hina Matsuri Song

There is a song that is really famous in Japan for the festival. I learned to play it on the koto (Japanese floor harp) a few years ago, and I just recently learned the words to it. You can hear the song and sing along to it here!


うれしいひな祭り
ureshii hina matsuri
Happy Hina Matsuri


あかりをつけましょ ぼんぼりに
akari o tsukemasho bon bori ni
Let's light the paper lanterns


お花をあげましょ 桃の花
ohana o agemasho momo no hana
Let's give them peach blossoms

五人ばやしの 笛太鼓
go-nin bayashi fuetaiko
Five musicians with flutes and taiko (drums)

今日はたのしい ひな祭り
kyou wa tanoshii hina matsuri
Today is the fun hina matsuri


Some good words to learn from this song, if you're studying Japanese are:


今日

 「きょう、kyou」 today

うれしい

 「ureshii」 happy or joyful

❛❛ 今日はうれしいな。❜❜ "I am happy today." (a kind of wistful way of saying it, maybe while at a picnic)


 「はな、hana」 flower

 「もも、momo」 peach
...therefore...

桃の花

 「もものはな、momo no hana」 peach blossom (momo=peach and hana=flower)
❛❛ かわいいを!❜❜ 「kawaii o hana!」 "Cute flowers!"
❛❛ 桃の花ですか?❜❜ 「momo no hana desu ka?」 "Is it a peach blossom?"
❛❛ はい!そです!❜❜ 「hai! so desu!」 "Yes it is!"


Maybe you want to make your own hina dolls?

Here are some tutorials to get you started on making your own from origami!
Youtube Simple Hina Doll & Diagram (great for little kids!)
A slightly more complex doll pattern

I hope you have learned a little bit about Hina Matsuri today!



Sakura Petal Stud Earrings
Spring.
Spring.
SPRING!

That's all my brain is doing lately. Plus, I can find all this really cute spring themed paper, glitter, stamps, molds, stickers, charms, washi tape, origami paper... ah! Not to mention all the home decor stuff I've been picking up lately. I now have more tiny plates than I know what to do with, simply because they're adorable!

So, some earrings to match. Made to order, since I decided to keep them all for myself! (except the top ones, the pearl colored ones, are for my mother :3)



Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Cherry blossoms, or sakua in Japanese, are an iconic symbol of spring in Japan. During a brief few weeks in April, they fall like snow across the country. It is so beautiful that people take time out of their busy schedules to watch the petals fall with their families and friends.

These little studs help to capture the wonder and beauty that is sakura season in Japan.

🌸 Pearl features an opaque, cloudy background of pure pearl white that shows off the sakura pink glitter falling from the tips of the petals.
🌸 Gold shows off shimmering gold behind multi colored holographic glitter pieces in a rainbow of colors.
🌸 Crystal is a trasnslucent glitter in an aurora of colors, all backed by a faint shimmer of blue when the light catches it.

Each petal has a sakura at the base of the petal, adding to the wonder of the piece.

These earrings will need to be made when you order, so please be aware of this. They may take as long as 2 weeks to make, although I will do my best to have them out to you as fast as possible! Please select the colors you love, or if you would like something else custom made for you, please just ask and I shall see what I can do to make your dreams real!

🌸 I can also make these for you even if you don't have pierced ears - just be sure to tell me in the checkout! (I will use soft plastic clutches for non-pierced pieces)


~earring length..............2cm/~¾ in 
~earring width................ 1cm/~⅓ in
~materials.........................crystal resin, stickers, glitter, brass findings

Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green Bullet; Yellow Bullet; Orange Bullet; Red Bullet; Purple Bullet; Blue Bullet; Green

Available here on my Etsy storefront - LuiLuJapan




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Cut Paper
The second weekend in February, every other year, there is a special festival in Ume, which is in Saiki, Oita Prefecture, Japan.

The history of this festival is old - over 400 years, people in this mining village in the mountains have been using ashes to paint each others faces, with a daikon radish for the brush. It is a festival for health and prosperity in the rural countryside. 

You know I like all sorts of Japanese crafts, right? I mean, obviously.

Well, I just love seeing these pieces of thin tissue paper cut up to hang in amazing ways. During the festival, the light cut through the trees just perfectly and lit up this part of a huge ... I have no idea what it's called in Japanese, honestly. It's like a banner for the shrine that this festival was associated with. And I don't even know what the paper things are called... I'm a terrible person. But, suffice to say, I love getting pictures of it, and I adore the way the light hit this one!


すみつけ祭
大分県佐伯市うめ町
2018年2月11日
© サマンサ リミュー
Sumitsuke Matsuri
Ume, Saiki City, Oita Prefecture
February 11, 2018
© Samantha Lemieux

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Hey, just wanted to say thanks for your yukata tutorial. I wanted to make a nursing robe for a friend and I thought a yukata would be perfect because she likes Japan =). Your instructions are nice, so thank you!
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