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Warrior dools(Gogastumono) is a word that refers to armor, helmets, warrior dolls, horses and tigers, young warrior dolls, and other decorations displayed in celebration of the seasonal festival of Tango in May. Warrior dolls first appeared as decorations for this seasonal festival for young boys at the beginning of the Edo era. It is said the tradition began when the household of the shogun decorated the dolls in celebration of his son's birth, and the practice then spread to other households. The core of warrior dolls is composed of historical figures from Japanese and Chinese history, heroes and imposing figures from theater, and also many of the dolls are generic representations of a typical general and his soldiers.
In Japan, seasonal festivals are first celebrated upon the birth of a child. If a boy is born, the seasonal festival of Tango is celebrated on May 5th; if a girl is born the seasonal festival of Momo, or Doll's Festival, is celebrated as the first seasonal festival on March 3rd. In the case of Tango, first seasonal festivals consist of displaying armor, helmets, warrior dolls, and Koinobori (flying fish flags), to express the hope of the whole family for the healthy growth of the child and protection from harm. Doll's Festival is also an event to pray for the healthy growth of a baby girl. One could say the dolls serve as a protective god taking on any impending disaster in the stead of the newborn child. Little girls look forward to taking the dolls out of their box together with their family as the seasonal festival of Momo approaches.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.
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