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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 11:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General Doll Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #45 New 03-04-2011 02:30 AM
Doll It's a secret, religious, weird, ceremonial rite of passage for girls that women know. Hopscotch. It was bizarre for boys, because they never played it, and as a boy, I was behind walls, going, ‘What - what happened? What did they do? What do they do here?' And they had a track laid out with numbers, mystic numbers, 1, 5, 7, 8, you know. A bit of a broken doll there, some girl keeping lookout with a skipping rope...
British-European comedian Eddie Izzard

The sound of a door shutting is heard from below.
The last line of A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen. Nora has gone, leaving behind her wedding ring and keys - and husband and family. She leaves for independence and freedom. Does she slam the door? Or does she close it quietly and firmly. Or gently. You decide.

3 March is Hina Matsuri - miniature festival or Doll Day - in Japan. It's Girl's day, 3/3. Boy's day is 5/5. Odd numbers in Japan are lucky. The real name of Hina Matsuri is momo no sekku - peach blossom seasonal festival. The name has an elegant feel. Girls used to dress up in special kimono with subtle make-up.

Originally small dolls representing girls were set afloat on a river. As they floated away they were supposed to take evil and danger away with them, leaving the real daughters of the house safe. Nowadays dolls dressed in Heian period style kimono are still displayed formally on tiers. Special food is eaten that day - chirashizushi - vinegared rice with assorted fish scattered on it.

In Japan dolls are used in a mainstream performing art, bunraku puppet theatre. The puppets are manipulated by puppeteers called ningyotsukai and multiple handlers dressed all in black called kuroko. Once a performance starts you don't notice them. Takeshi Kitano directed a 2002 movie called Dolls with an underlying theme of bunraku. All those people working with the puppets are men. Noh performers are men. Kabuki performers are men.

I know a few women martial arts teachers in Japan. But only a few.

wikipedia articles

Interview with Takeshi Kitano about Dolls

And here is an introduction to Japanese rock: Dolls by Janne Da Arc

e-book of A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Interesting and atmospheric photo: What a Doll! by Jackson Boyle
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jacksonboyle/2307821586/ photostream http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackson...th/2307821586/ used under creative commons licence

© niall matthews 2011
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RSS Feed 15 Responses to "Doll"
#15 03-07-2011 04:21 PM
guest1234567 Says:
I thought you had powers. you read it in wiki. at the same time as me? It was a challenge to prepare something for my blog, I just finished translation in german...I hope you'll like it.. Thanks for Dolls, beautiful and great movie, every detail has a meaning. Japan. trad. dolls are known ningyō, which literally means human shape.In the early 11 century several types of dolls in Lady Murasaki's novel The Tale of Genji.
#14 03-07-2011 08:24 AM
niall Says:
8 March is International Women's Day. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Women's_Day It started in 1911. Happy centenary.
#13 03-06-2011 06:25 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Niall, I didn't know that, in the year or so I went to japanese school, only saturdays, I left because every 2 or 3 saturdays I had to work and I lost 3 hours and afterwards I was lost, I didn't understand anything anymore, but we learned that there are a lot forms of counting also..But the speaking is easy for spanish people. Your post is getting very nice, yes maybe it should follow one post about japanese toys, so we'll remember more things about our childhood
#12 03-06-2011 05:58 AM
niall Says:
Men and women use slightly different spoken Japanese http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gender_...poken_Japanese
#11 03-06-2011 04:02 AM
guest1234567 Says:
No, I don't remember anything that only say women or only men. So Spain deserves its 11 place Here we say for both you have lost your papers or your course, and on the island we say, you are like a little goat in a kind manner for beeing crazy.
#10 03-05-2011 09:14 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina. Old marbles are beautiful. When I was a boy I liked the red oxblood and milky white and blue ones. In English if you say someone has lost his marbles it means he is crazy. I don't know if you'd say it about a woman (back to that earlier point about boys and girls playing different games). I think you could say it but it wouldn't make much literal sense.
#9 03-05-2011 08:26 AM
guest1234567 Says:
............... I have a box full of nice glass marbles in all colours..
#8 03-05-2011 07:32 AM
niall Says:
Yes Carina, it looks like Spain does a great job combatting machismo. There are some vestiges remaining on the internet.
#7 03-05-2011 07:22 AM
niall Says:
Thanks for your evocative comments, Peter. I can picture polished conkers now. Smooth glass marbles too. Maybe I should do a post about Japanese toys...
#6 03-05-2011 03:23 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Niall the global gender equality index is very interesting, Spain on place 11........ I have a video of a puppet show my daughter made for the university, she also wrote the story and it is about a princess called caprice and a boy called humility, so it fits in your post and is valid for aikido too
#5 03-05-2011 12:51 AM
Niall, We called the game snobs. And then there was conkers, using the horse chestnuts dropped from the trees outside the school. PAG
#4 03-04-2011 08:04 PM
niall Says:
Hi Peter. I don't think I ever cracked the code. Jacks was another one of those impenetrable games...
#3 03-04-2011 08:00 PM
Hello Niel, Eddie Izard must have had a sheltered childhood, for I used to play hopscotch at school. It was a co-educational elementary school with all of forty children. PAG
#2 03-04-2011 06:08 PM
niall Says:
Thanks Carina! That's very interesting. I liked that quote by Eddie Izzard. There's a mysterious world that men can never understand! Japan is only #94 on the global gender equality index (you can download the WEF Gender Gap report here http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Gen...eport_2010.pdf). Apart from the inequality there is an economic price in not using the best resources effectively. Many European countries, the USA and Canada are in the top 20 (not that they are equal yet).
#1 03-04-2011 02:01 PM
guest1234567 Says:
This interesting post remembers me when I played hopscotch in Argentina, if we had no chalk, we used a stone to paint the numbers on the soil. The spanish name Rayuela is the title of a known book of Julio Cortázar. But the dolls floating in the river reminds me the hindu festival divali, in my childrens school were always many hindus and they put small lights in the rivers to signify the triumph of good over evil.

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