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Hina dools

An introduction of famous Hina dolls from past to present: Jiro Zaemon dolls, Kyoho dolls, Kajin dolls, 100 year-old dolls, Oboko dolls, and more.

Jirou Zemon HIna dools

These dolls are characterized by their facial features. Since the face is small and round, the overall appearance of the doll is dainty and charming. This style of doll was popular during the Houreki and Showa eras, and was made famous by the Kyoto artisan of the Bakumatsu (end of the shogunate) named Jirou Zaemon. The above pictures standing dolls made in the Jirou Zaemon style.  Below is the seated version. These two variations have a very different feel to them.

Sokutai HIna dools

Dolls dressed in garments that are accurate replications of th the yuusoku style of old are generally called 'yuusoku' or 'sokutai' dolls.  When people speak of Hina dolls as a modern cultural symbol, this is the doll they are referring to. The layered kimonos of the princess doll produce various auras of elegance depending on the choice of colors. The Mohakama, hand painted, also features a variety of intricate designs. The lord's garments use not only kinran(cloth woven with golden thread) and obi cloth, but also korosen, a material normally worn only by the emperor. The garment is made in accordance with the ancient yuusoku style.

Oboko HIna dools

As you can see in the photo above, the facial expression of these dolls is different on account of the artist and the size of the doll.
This is a full 5 doll set of the Oboko style. The servant girls and Goninbayashi attendants also have charming Oboko style facial features.
Oboko, an original style characterized by the round and burgeoning face, is an excellent example of the harmonic combination of ancient traditions of doll making and a new sense of style.

Kyoho HIna dools

Kyohobina were frequently displayed and enjoyed long popularity during the middle of the Edo era.  A primary characteristic is that the facial features are more similar to traditional Japanese masks than other styles of hina dolls.
The princess doll's lap is padded with extra layers of cotton, exaggerating the shozoku, itsutsuginu, and kasane, and resulting in the effect of stretching out these garments into a triangular shape and greatly widening the base of the kimono.
The lord dolls also have distinctive characteristics such as the sleeves pointing smartly to the sides.

Kajin HIna dools

Hyakusaibina are characterized, as one might expect, by the head and face. The fine white hair and facial features of these dolls help to complete the image of sophisticated elders. They are displayed in celebration of long life and on similar such occassions. Their clothing is also not the usual 12 layered kimono, but uchiki. The subdued colors of these garments, not usually found in ordinary hina dolls, create a comfortable sense of harmony.


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