Presenting Hina Dolls to the Royal Family

On March 7, hina dolls made by a Japanese master doll maker were presented to the Royal Family during an offering ceremony which was held at the Royal Palace. A special exception for this offering was made by the Royal Household on the occasion of the 150 Years of Friendship between Japan and Belgium. While being in front of the dolls of the Imperial Prince and Princess, the master doll maker explained to Her Majesty Queen Mathilde about such things as the origin of the hina dolls and their clothing. He also replied to the many questions that came up. From the Embassy, Mrs. Ishii, Ambassador’s wife, Minister Yamada and Ms. Kurihara attended. Furthermore, in addition to the dolls presented to Her Majesty, another pair of dolls dressed in different clothing was presented to Her Highness Princess Astrid.