Today in Japan we celebrated Hina Matsuri also know as Girl's Day.
A mix of the Heian period (794- 1185) custom of “Nagashi bina” in which dolls made of straw or paper were released into the river symbolically taking away all illness and misfortune from the owner, and the Edo period's (1603-1867) elaborate hina dolls depicting the emperor and empress in their layered kimono acting as guardians for young girls; todays Hina Matsuri festival consists of household displaying their hina dolls for the month of February before celebrating today by praying for good fortune for their daughters and eating fancy little sweets. Some areas of Japan however still float dolls or have more elaborate displays and festivities.
For her first Hina Matsuri Picti was gifted dolls by her Grandparents and this year while setting them out I noticed that although these dolls are based on the fashions of the Edo Period these girls hats are bang on trend.
The girls in the band are all wearing 3D percher hats front and centre, a style which we have seen everywhere from Princess Beatrice to The Melbourne Cup.
The most elaborate doll is the empress with her many layers of colourful kimono topped with a golden crown which had a huge comeback on last years racing fashion circuit that is sure to continue for long to come as it is easy to wear and more comfortable for those not used to wearing hats.
Though, while the girls are proving that all fashions are destined to return, i'm not sure how long its going to take for the guys to return to the ways of Edo?
Happy Hina Matsuri girls.