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Kabuki is the world of dance and drama in Japan. Japanese dolls basically hail from Kabuki and are known for unique hairstyles. Japanese celebrate doll festival called Hina-Matsuri on 3rd March every year. Japanese families blessed with daughters celebrate this festival with great pomp and show.
Let's check out why Japanese dolls have been an integral part of lifestyle in Japan for centuries.
On this day, Japanese families set up a special step-altar to arrange their emperor and empress dolls.
'Hina' refers to dolls while 'Matsuri' refers to festival in Japanese language.
The tradition of celebrating doll festival started in the Edo period (1603-1868). According to this tradition, dolls are kept on display on third day of third month of the Japanese calendar.
Ishimatsu doll is especially made for the kids on this day.
Prior to this day, girls and their mothers start wrapping Hina dolls in red cloth and decorate them on an altar.
It is the production hub of every kind of doll in Japan.
Doll-making is the major occupation of people residing in this Japanese city.
Iwatsuki's proximity to Tokyo helped in the emergence and growth of doll-making industry.
Whenever a baby girl is born in Japan, she is gifted a complete set of dolls which is passed from generation to generation.