In Japan, there are a lot of festivals and interesting rituals. On Sept. 25 of every year, people bring their old, unwanted dolls to certain temples and there is a funeral for the dolls. A prayer is said by Buddhist monks for the dolls and they are offered up and then put into a fire- a sort of doll cremation. They do plastic dolls, stuffed animals, you name it. Some of the dolls are gorgeous antiques but of course the public is not allowed to take them.
A couple years ago, I saw a little boy hand over his Snoopy stuffed animal after being prodded by his mom. He looked horrified as his beloved Snoopy roasted. I bet he’s going to grow up to be a serial killer. This time, there were no kids handing over beloved dolls- I think it was too traumatic for everyone involved.
So, here’s some photos of the Doll Funeral (called Ningyo Kuyo in Japanese, if you’re interested):
Dolls to be burned.
A woman in a kimono hands over a doll to be burned.
Getting the gasoline ready.
She looks rather impassive, considering the state she’s in.
And here’s my mani:
I painted tips with a black creme and sprinkled some orange confetti on them while they were still wet to represent the embers. From there, I added some red foil flames on the bottom and some dripping doll flesh on the top. I wanted to paint a burning Hello Kitty, but I was afraid I’d be deported from Japan for defacing a national treasure or something.