Hina Doll at Awashima-jinja


Hina doll at Awashima Jinja in Wakayama prefecture. Many Japanese people believe that dolls have souls, so instead of throwing them in the garbage, they take them to a shrine where they are blessed and ritually burned or thrown into the sea.

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  1. Sandra D
    Sandra D says:

    thank you for posting this. I had no idea of this practice and am fascinated by it. I appreciate your discussion and description of it all. It must be quite a sight to see the boat(s) go out in March with all of those beautiful dolls toppling into the water.

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