- 伊東 なおみ
- ILSランゲージスクール 英語講師および日本語教師
"Hina-matsuri" literally means "Hina Doll Festival".
In English, we call the day "the Doll's Festival [Day]" or "the Girls' Festival".
People display a set of dolls and pray for young girls' growth, happiness and good health in the family.
The dolls wear ancient court costumes of the Heian period and displayed on a *tier of 5 or 7 shelves. *tier:「（棚などの重なったりした）段、層、列」
The top tier holds two dolls called "dairibina", the Emperor and Empress.
The second tier holds three ladies of the court called "san-nin kanjo".
The third tier holds five court musicians called "go-nin bayasi".
The fourth holds the Senior Minister of State and the Junior Minister of State called "sa-daijin" and "u-daijin" respectively.
The fifth holds three sevants called "eji".
Here is a seven-tiered Hina doll set from wikipedia:
And here is a set of origami dolls that I folded that represent the Emperor and Empress.
Hope you enjoyed the festival today!