The Hawai’i Japanese Center had an open house today for Girls’ Day, and I brought my camera. I didn’t make my 5-year old sit through the boring speeches, but once they were over we all had fun wandering the exhibits (actually, when you do it with a 5-year old, you’re not “wandering” but “examining in great but sometimes random detail”) and eating mochi and brownies.
I was expecting the Japanese dolls, though the classic 1932 HinaMatsuri set was more charming than I expected.
There was also a “Friendship Doll” from the ’20s (found, I was told, in a mainland thrift shop) along with documents relating to the whole friendship doll movement (there’s even a Shibusawa Eiichi picture in there)
And, because there’s nothing like kitsch to warm the heart,
You can see the whole set of pictures here.