Beautiful Girls’ Day display at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures



From the Mini Time Machine’s website:

February 17, 2015 through March 3, 2015

Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day is an annual holiday in Japan held on March 3rd, which honors the health and well-being of girls. The holiday celebration includes special foods and sweets and the exhibit of a plum tree, flowers and a Hina doll display. The doll display is set up by families in mid-February to rid the girls of bad spirits and to renew and strengthen their character. The custom of erecting a doll display is rooted in a traditional belief that dolls have the power to contain bad spirits. To rid their homes of evil spirits, ancient Japanese people had a ritual called Hinanagashi, in which straw Hina dolls were set afloat on a boat down a river out to sea. In some regions of Japan, people follow this tradition and float the dolls from the Hina display on Girls’ Day.

The Hina doll display includes ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress and their court set on a seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet or cloth. Since Hinamatsuri was first celebrated in the Heian period (10th and 11th centuries) the dolls are dressed in the court garb of that period. The Imperial dolls are placed at the top of the display followed by three tiers featuring particular attendants or musicians. The bottom two tiers are filled with palatial items such as furniture, tools and carriages. Traditionally the Hina doll display is set up in February and disassembled no later than March 4th because it is believed that setting up the display early and clearing it out promptly will bring an early marriage for the girls. Failure to do so could mean a late marriage or no marriage at all.

The Girls’ Day Display at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures is a five-tiered display including 15 dolls and other symbolic accessories. The display dates to the 1950s and was donated to the museum in 2014 by Nancy Phillips. The display will be up from February 17 through March 3, 2015.

More info:, 4455 E. Camp Lowell (east of Columbus Rd.)

SUNDAY: 12:00 P.M. TO 4:00 P.M.

Sounds like a great activity for your daughter, granddaughter, niece.  And celebrate Girls’ Day on March 3rd.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Happy Girls’ Day to all girls and girls who have grown up to become women. Last chance to see this exhibit today, till 4 p.m. Enjoy the spring too.

  2. Visited this museum & display this morning — fascinating to see the five tiers with explanations of what each level represented, from the Emperor & Empress, down to the servants and the cherry/mandarin orange trees. I didn’t know that the display was to “rid girls of bad spirits” and “renew and strengthen their characters”, as well as portend early or late marriage. 15 dolls in total in this lovely, authentic display, till March 3rd, Girls’ Day. Also Japanese in this museum are a miniature Japanese farmhouse by Shoichi Uchiyama of rural farmhouses in Chiba, Japan; and a miniature wooden kitchen and black lacquer desk/chest from Japan.

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