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Japan Marche Staff blog: Girl’s Day Celebration and Arare

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“Design of Flying Crane Caramel Box is red lacquer with gold crane so its elegance accompanies the celebratory dolls well.”

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Girl’s Day celebration on March 3rd is just around the corner. My friends who are new mothers to baby girls were having a chat about the celebration because hina-ningyo, or husband-and-wife celebratory dolls, are to be displayed starting about a month before the celebration. It is said that girls who are not properly celebrated will not be able to marry. (Note: This is a belief from a long time ago.) Generally, Girl’s Day celebratory doll is passed down from the mother, but if the mother is a second born girl in her household, or if the doll is old, it is customary for the mother’s family to present the baby girl with new dolls. Because these dolls are no ordinary dolls, craftsmanship is needed for production and are quite pricy. However, it is a good way to take a look at these dolls up close and to appreciate tradition and producing techniques passed down from hundreds of years ago.

Arare is a representative sweet snack on the Girl’s Day. It is dried sticky rice, colored in beautiful tints of white, light green and light pink: white represents snow, green for blooming greenery and pink for life. Japan Marche sells lacquered “caramel case” which I thought would be perfect for putting arare in. It comes with a lid, so you can just close the case when no one is eating it. Design of Flying Crane Caramel Box is red lacquer with gold crane so its elegance accompanies the celebratory dolls well. If you are interested in Girl’s Day celebration, you don’t need to start off by buying expensive dolls. Try buying and eating arare; it should give you the right feel.

Wishing girls out there a good year to come!

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