Kyugetsu Nara Ittobori Hinamatsuri Dolls

Traditional woodcraft version of Girls' Day decoration

For at least a month before the actual day on March 3, everywhere in Japan you see sets of dolls celebrating the date in the year dedicated to babies and young girls. It's called the Hinamatsuri, often translated as Doll's Day or Girls' Day. The Kyugetsu Nara Ittobori Hinamatsuri Dolls are one such set but a very different one from the others you have seen, being created using the ittobori carving technique used in Nara, one of Japan's ancient capitals.

The Kyugetsu Nara Ittobori Hinamatsuri Dolls feature the two main Hina dolls of any Hinamatsuri set, the emperor and empress. They are supposed to be a couple getting married in the imperial court 1,000 years ago. The carving lines look rough at first but you can see just how much craftsmanship has gone into them. This, ombined with the bright colors and the beautiful box, make the set a unique gift for your daughter – or yourself!

Specs and Features:

  • Contains 2 dolls (emperor, empress)
  • Made by historical Tokyo doll maker Kyugetsu (est. 1836)
  • Height (emperor doll): approx. 14 cm (5.5")
  • Height (empress doll): approx. 13 cm (5.1")
  • Comes with wooden box and wooden identity tag
  • Made in Japan
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US$ 662