Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IJCCI) has organized here an exhibition of exquisite Japanese dolls similar to our ‘Kolu’, to arouse interest among Indians to understand and appreciate the Japanese art and culture.
The exhibition had a display of Hina dolls, traditional Samurai doll – Kabuto warrior and a wide variety of traditional children’s toys from different parts of Japan, made of wood, paper, bamboo, clothes. Even among the toys, one would find them akin to the traditional Indian toys.
It was inaugurated by the Deputy Consul-General of Consulate General of Japan, Chennai, Hiroko Taniguchi on November 17. It will be open till this evening at the premises of the Indo-Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Teynampet.
Hiroko Taniguchi while addressing the gathering said,” This exhibition is a stepping stone for promoting the Indo-Japan relationship. I appreciate the IJCCI for promoting the Japanese culture in India. I promise to promote the ties between the two countries.”
The Hina dolls had fifteen distinct dolls in traditional costumes which was a feast for the eye.. It was usually displayed in Japan on March 5 at the event of Hina-Matsuri or Girl’s festival. This was similar to the Indian “kolu” kept during the Navarathri celebration. The topmost tier had the Emperor and the Empress. The second tier had three court ladies, the third deck had five court musicians, two ministers were displayed in the fourth tier. The fifth one had two guards and two special flower decorations representing the feminine characteristics.
The volunteers at the exhibition explained the details of the exhibits. A student volunteer clad in traditional Japanese dress provided an opportunity for the visitors to see and appreciate the traditional Japanese wear.