Tucked away for twenty years, Fujimusume
Twenty years ago this month, when my daughter was born, we received a beautiful traditional Japanese doll in a kimono as a gift from her Japanese grandparents all the way from Niigata. Snow country. Not long afterwards, my father tucked this treasure away for us for safe keeping. Today, in preparation for the holidays, something inspired me to bring her out.
It was rather emotional as I cut the twine and loosened the knots tied by my father’s hand and quite dramatic when the brilliant colors peeped through the wrappings.
And here she is, finally joining us for the holiday season.
Update: Seeking the distinctive purple flower and painted hat, I believe that this doll represents Fujimusume, or Wisteria Maiden, with origins in Kabuki theater.