Exhibition of Traditional Dolls and Toys from Japan
On the occasion of the 120th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Greece and Japan (1899-2019) the Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the Benaki Museum, organized the exhibition entitled Traditional Dolls and Toys from Japan.
The exhibition presents a collection of Japanese traditional games and dolls which are connected with customary holidays and are integral pieces of the culture of Japan through the centuries. Particular emphasis is placed on girls Hina Matsuri Festival and children’s day Kodomo no hi.
Every year on 3 March, the families who have girls, put in their houses a staircase covered with red carpet, to adorn the hina-ningyō dolls dressed in traditional costumes, as a symbol of good luck for the future lives of girls. The dolls represent the Imperial couple, the courtiers, musicians and servants of the Imperial House during the Heian period.
On May 5, the day is dedicated to the respect of the personality of children and to their happiness. The boys ‘ families decorate their houses with the traditional helmet of Samurai, Kabuto and the CARP-shaped koinobori flags as symbols of strength, vitality and courage. According to Japanese tradition designed to protect children from the misfortune and illness.
Πρεσβεία της Ιαπωνίας – Μορφωτικό τμήμα, τηλ. 210 670 9900/1, www.gr.emb-japan.go.jp
Μουσείο Μπενάκη Παιχνιδιών (Λεωφ. Ποσειδώνος 14 & Τρίτωνος, Π. Φάληρο), 212 6875280
Ωράριο λειτουργίας: Πέμπτη έως Κυριακή 10:00-18:00