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Tanabata Daruma

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Tanabata Daruma 七夕だるま



幅約13.8cm×高さ約18cm (だるま幅6.5cm×高さ7.5cm).

From Daruma Honpo だるま本舗
Arai Store in Hiratsuka 荒井、平塚



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Star Festival and Haiku (Tanabata, Japan)

Tanabata 七夕 <> Star Festival on July 7
..... Tanabata Information in the Daruma Forum

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Tanabata night -
all my wishes are
for Tohoku

Tanabata wishes -
the branch too small
to carry them all


July 7, 2011
. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011


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kigo for early autumn

Tanabata uma 七夕馬 horse for Tanabata
makomo no uma 真菰の馬 (まこものうま) horse from Makomo wild rice
kusakari uma 草刈馬(くさかりうま)horse from cut grass
mukae uma 迎馬(むかえうま) welcoming horse




Fukushima, Kashima machi 鹿島町, Tomioka machi富岡町

Dolls and toy horses from straw and straw-like reeds are made in 39 prefectures of Japan.
They are made to transport the soul of the ancestors back to the family during a festival. They are also a transportation for the deities to attend a festival.
They are offered to the gods as a thank-you present when the livestock is well.
They help to dispell bad evil influences and evil souls.

Tanabata horses are mostly made to bring back the souls of the ancestors. Sometimes they come with a small stable. Others put them up on the roof so the deities can ride them easily.

. Fukushima Folk Toys .

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More tanabata horses from :
. Kurikoma Town 栗駒町 Miyagi .


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Tanabata horses -
so many souls to carry
in Tohoku


July 7, 2011
. Japan after the BIG earthquake March 11, 2011



. WKD : Star Festival (Tanabata 七夕) .

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Tanabata ningyoo 七夕人形 dolls for the star festival



From Matsumoto town, Nagano
Tanabata is celebrated one month later, in August. Families where a child has been born in the year hang out these dolls and pray for the well-being of the baby.

- - - - - There are four types
(1)人がた形式 dolls like hitogata from Shrines, with various layers of white paper.
some ride a horse, some are placed under a small roof.
(2)着物掛け形式 simple wooden shapes that can be dressed as boys or girls with paper robes. The bad luck of the children is wrapped on the paper and then put on the dolls, to go away. Usually only with boy's features.
They are also called kaatari カータリ(川渡り)"crossing the river" (to the other world)
kawagoe カワゴエ(川越え)crossing the river
ashinaga アシナガ(足長)"long legs"


(3)紙雛形式 like hina-dolls from paper, with a thin wooden board inside.
The male wears a crown, the female a special ladie's headdress. Both wear a hakama long skirt, of the same color.
(4)流し雛形式 hina-dolls to wash away in a river.
Simple forms made only with paper. Even the hair is paper-shaped.

- Look at more samples:
- source : 松本市の歴史 -


. Nagano Folk Art - 長野県 .


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Ooshio village 大塩町 "Big Salt" , Hyogo
(part of Himeji)



Oshio is a small hamlet close to Takasago town. The custom of these dolls is very old. Some are quite bit, about 38 cm long. In former times every household made them, but nowadays they are also sold, even as souvenirs.
On the 6th of August
two bamboo poles for Tanabata are set up in front of the home and these dolls hang there. They have a lot of different patterns of kimono and hakama trouser skirts. The more dolls a family hangs outside, the more kimono will the girl have when getting married.

. Hyogo Folk Art - 兵庫県  .


- source : www.asahi-net.or.jp -

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仙台の七夕人形こけし - kokeshi from Miyagi, Sendai



(あじさい・あやめ・かすり)as pattens named
ajisai - hydrangea // ayame - iris // kasuri - Ikat

- source : bizloop.jp-

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山梨の七夕人形 - from Yamanashi



Cut from paper in various patterns.
Also used to protect the home from thieves.
泥棒除けになる / オルスイさん(お留守居さん)

- reference -


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source : mingeijapan - furoshiki


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