Puppets are one of the most appreciated and worshiped characters in the Nippon culture
Every single year, on 3rd March, the Japanese celebrate Hinamatsuri, The Holiday of the Girls – one of the most respected holidays in Japan.
A red carpet is placed on a stepped platform, and on each stage, hierarchically convex, ornamental dolls are placed.
These puppets are known as hina ningyo and symbolize the members from the Heian imperial dynasty.
Another doll worshiped by the Japanese is kokeshi – most times this particular doll is made out of wood and it’s the most popular souvenir in Japan.
The members of Japan’s imperial dynasties are also considered an integral element in children’s education.
Also, some Japanese believe that dolls can have memories or even souls, just like humans.
That is why the process of getting rid of a doll may become a tricky task.
Many families are scared that they may become haunted by the toy’s spirit if they throw it in the garbage or abandon it in a cardboard box in the cellar.
For this reason, ceremonies such as ningyo kuyo, a funeral ritual whereby owners give up on their dolls in a way that is considered worthy.
The ceremonies take place in a temple and are usually held by ghouls. By the act of incineration, the dolls are offered to Kannos bodhisattva, the goddess of mercy.