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Kakashi Spirit News

第百二十三季 弥生の二

Season 123, 2nd of Yayoi (~March 28th, 2009)


Instant Hina Dolls Popular


What is in demand at the Dolls' Festival?[1]


The Plum Festival[2] is mostly a festival for girls. As part of this, the Dolls' Festival is held, allowing people to flaunt their wealth by decorating extravagant hina dolls. Some people spend more than what they're worth on the hina dolls, and end up going bankrupt as a consequence. This "Hina Bankruptcy" and the ability to appreciate objects separate from their meaning is something that is most likely distinctive to humans.


However, as of late, these traditional hina dolls are starting to slowly go out of fashion. Instead, extremely cheap instant hina dolls have become popular.


Instant hina dolls are made by cutting and folding paper, a simple article one would not normally consider to be a doll. These paper dolls appear to be taking the place of the traditional, extravagant hina dolls.


The individual behind this trend, Hina Kagiyama (Misfortune God), explains:


"Extravagant hina dolls being traditional is just plain nonsense. Sturdy dolls made by the poor to last many years are what became the fancy hina dolls you see today. The truth is that you're supposed to throw the dolls away after filling them with misfortune."


The new hina dolls are made to be disposable. Once the Hina Festival is over, the dolls simply float down the river.


"Humans who thought 'Letting these dolls be carried away by the river is such a waste' are the ones who made hina dolls into what they are now. As an unfortunate result, they no longer accomplish the original goal of cleansing. This has caused misfortune to slowly gather in the human village. If that's not discarded quickly, my power will..."


With this in mind, the instant hina dolls were created with the purpose of gathering misfortune from the human village. People tend to put a lot of money and effort into tradition, but once they learn that letting the dolls float off into the river was their true purpose, perhaps they will be happy to switch to the cheaper version. There is especially no reason to be extravagant about disposable goods. Cleverly taking advantage of of this current truth is good business sense.


If too much misfortune is accumulated, it will turn into a negative aura of bad luck. It's worrying that misfortune is flowing down the river like that, so she attempts to recover as many as possible. However, it is known that she overlooks a few sometimes. Downstream leads to the outside world, which is slightly concerning...


(Hatate Himekaidou)

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  1. Hina Matsuri (雛祭り Hina Matsuri, Dolls' Festival) is a doll festival held on March 3rd to help ward off bad spirits and troubles. It's where a lot of Hina's character background is derived from.
  2. Alternative name for Hina Festival, called this due to it being peach blossom season on the lunar calendar[1].