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“Origami”

Vol.4 "Hinamatsuri"

 
 

Hinamatsuri is a traditional Girl's Festival held every year on March 3rd, which is the Momo-no-Sekku (Joshi).

Families with girls set up a stair set of Hina dolls, with the Obina (the male doll) and Mebina (the female doll) on the top, and a number of dolls of servants and ornaments in the lower steps. Along with decorating the house with beautiful dolls and ornaments, the family also decorates peach blossoms and drink white sake (non-alcohol), wishing the healthy growth and happy marriage of the daughter(s).

The Hina dolls are dressed in the best garments used to be worn in the Imperial court.
The dolls on the top - Obina and Mebina - are the highest ranking of all. In addition to the Lord and the Lady, there are the ministers of the right and left, three court ladies (sannin-kanjo), five court musicians (gonin-bayashi), the musical instruments, and trousseau including household goods and an oxcart are placed in the lower steps in a certain order. The most orthodox Hina stand (Hinadan) contains 7 steps.

So let's try making the Hina dolls this time with origami.
If you draw their faces you can make your only one Hina dolls in the world.
It's simple, just try!

Let's start with the girl, the Mebina.

 
< How to make "Mebina" >

1, Fold it in half (left-right) and unfold it.

2,

Fold it in half (top-bottom).

3,

Fold the points towards the center line.

4,

Fold at the center dotted line so that the bottom points come to the top corner.

5,

Fold at the dotted lines and unfold it so you have a crease.

6,

Open up the top parts and press it down. These would become the sleeves of the girl's kimono. Pressing it down...

7,

Fold twice at the lines like a zig-zag.
This is the face.
8, Fold the lower parts of the sleeves at the dotted line like in the picture.

9,

Fold the bottom piece towards the front at the line.
10, Fold it again towards the front at the line.
11, Fold the top corner a little bit to the back.
 
12, Draw the face.
 
13, Fold it in the middle (vertically) so that it stands.
 
14, Here's the Mebina.
 
NEXT "Obina"
 
 
 
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