tsurushi bina

Tsurushi bina!! These suspended girls day dolls originated in the Izu area of Shizuoka prefecture (my neck of the woods in Japan).

My vice principal told me people in Izu originally created these because they were all pretty poor, and normal Hina Matsuri dolls were too expensive (and still are, because my tutor told me today that his daughter’s Hina dolls cost ¥150,000, and I cried for him a little inside).