I call her my "Awa" doll. She is holding a shamisen, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument.
The Awa Odori Dance ("Fool's Dance") is performed during the Bon Odori Festival, in summer.
Reference picture, from a Bon Odori celebration (Notice the shamisen and half-moon hat).
There is an old, tattered label attached to the dollstand:
This ... "Samisen" (guitar like instrument) player in old Japan. It comes from a Japanese Kabuki drama."
The bottom of the dollstand reads: "Nishi & Co., Ltd. Made in Japan."
She is a special Okinawan doll.
She is performing the Yostudake Dance, in a colorful bingata.
Reference picture of classical Okinawan dancers (Notice the beautiful flower hats).
The is a label in Japanese, of where the doll originated from.
A fancy "Boy's Day" warrior doll.
In Japan, Boy's Day is celebrated on May 5th.
This doll represents a young samurai of high status (Notice the exquisite kimono).
He holds a traditional helmet, symbolizing strength and protection from misfortune.
The doll is meant to bring good-luck to the boy of the household.
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First uploaded March 23, 2002 by: Kimberly J. Ramsay