Sunday, March 14, 2021


🎎  sacred service  🎎

              Little Hina dolls I bought for myself 15 years ago.

In Japan, it has been believed that gods exist in nature and many things.

So people feel grateful for nature and take good care of using things.

          This concept has led to a ceremony that shrines and temples have performed, where old dolls are burned 

                as part of sacred service. When the dolls’ little owners grow up, get married, or pass away, people sometimes 

      have to decide to part with such dolls with their feelings of gratitude.

                                            Awashima shrine in Wakayama received about fifty thousand of old Hina dolls from many places in Japan, 

                                                                         and performed a ceremony to say good bye to the dolls on March 3. 


                                                                                               The dolls are placed in plain wooden boats and floated on the sea. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         📸    by Tomoko                                                                                                                      

Now, we have a serious concern about marine pollution.

Boats are pulled up on the beach after traveling offshore for less than an hour, and then, dolls are burned.


                                                                                                                                     Good bye dolls.........