‘Nochi-no-Hina’ Gallery Nochi-no-hina Dolls

Among Edo people, a custom called the Nochi-no-Hina Festival developed. People displayed hina dolls again on September 9th and prayed for longevity, a practice which came from the wisdom that it was best not to keep the valuable festival dolls in storage for a year, airing them out to prevent damage and maintain their good condition for longer.
From this concept sprung the idea that the Double Yang Festival for longevity and good health could also be an appropriate opportunity for mature women to pray for their happiness by displaying nochi-no-hina dolls.
Why not display these dolls not only on September 9 but also until around October 9th (September 9th by the old Japanese calendar), when chrysanthemums start to bloom, and have a deeper experience of the season?


Emperor and empress dolls in the traditional costume and representative armor of the Boys’ Festival are shown in an alcove. Cotton covered chrysanthemums, the custom originating in the Heian Period, are also put on the display to pray for good health and longevity.


Standing hina dolls are included in the display, in addition to wildly arranged seasonal flowers, dolls including an ichimatsu doll (dress-up doll) and a now-rare hanging scroll in which fifteen hina dolls, an elderly couple, a crane and a tortoise are painted.


These are simple and stylish standing wooden hina dolls perfectly suiting the Doll Festival for Adult’s. They create an atmosphere to celebrate the Double Yang Festival gracefully.