Three ladies who serve the royal dainties
are staked on the next step, then five or even ten musicians, 2 "guardians"
with weapons, and 3 servants are placed. Other items like toy trees, made up
of semi-precious stones, and also numerous toy apparatus representing a dowry
(small chests, carts, and so on) are displayed. Girls play hostess to their
friends, and also to the ‘ningyo’, who are "fed" in tiny
In this festival, dolls are put into
boats and sent away to the sea with the desire that they are going to eradicate
all the contamination and evil spirits out of the girls. Formerly, people rubbed
drawings of people on themselves and floated them in a river. The general belief
is that the impurities were transferred to the drawing thereby making people
free from all kind of ill influences. This led to the trend of preparing paper
dolls and sending them down the river. Presently the ritual involves usage of
numerous dolls of large size.
In this connection, a special mentioning
may be made of a wonderful film of Akira Kurosawa namely Dreams: Yume in the
year 1990. It depicts wonderful portrayal of Hina display.