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Hinamatsuri! 
3rd-Mar-2016 04:13 pm
tadah
Well, the bulk of the work on the big scary rush project is done, but we still have a couple of little things to be turned in, probably before the weekend is out. We were trying to decide if we should just get them out of the way and be done with it, or if we didn't want to deal with the hassle (it could take a couple of hours), but Page made up our minds for us, at least temporarily, by getting settled on top of the laptop while we were checking Facebook. And that brings me to a much more important thing to talk about!

Thanks to Facebook, we were reminded that today is Hinamatsuri! And not even like it's that day in Japan, but it's not actually until tomorrow here because of time zones. It actually is that day here, which means we missed it in Japan! Arrrrgh! The busyness has thwarted us!

Well why is it so important anyway? It's not like you have any dolls to set up! Well, not technically. See, Hinamatsuri, or the Doll Festival, is the day where you take out your special set of dolls representing the Emperor and Empress and various other people at the court, and you set them up on a special stand and they look very pretty and stuff. As I said before, we don't have a Hinamatsuri doll set to set up.

But! when we went to Tokyo Disneyland, they were prepared for all the upcoming holidays, including Setsubun (the one where you throw beans at the oni--they had a pin set with Mickey throwing beans at Oni Donald), Valentine's Day (they had all kinds of things to help you make the ideal chocolates), and Hinamatsuri. For the latter, they were selling pairs of plush toys--Mickey and Minnie dressed like the Emperor and Empress in the Hinamatsuri set. We saw them and fell in love with them! So we had to buy a set. They came in different sizes, but we got the little ones because we were starting to worry about money and luggage space. We left them in the bag, and left the bag in our luggage, and had barely given them another thought.

Until today! Anime Expo's Facebook page reminded us that TODAY is Hinamatsuri, so if we wanted to display them appropriately, we had to do it fast! So we immediately pulled them out and set them out on our desk, and they look lovely. But before we put them down, we took a closer look at their costumes, and oh my goodness, they're so nice! The fabric on their kimonos is so pretty, and so fancy, and it even has hidden Mickeys!

And after all that hype, I have to post a picture, don't I!
Emperor Mickey and Empress Minnie


And while we're at it, here's a picture of the unusual cover on our copy of Noragami 1.



Today I'm thankful for finishing that rush project, getting our Hinamatsuri dolls up in the nick of time, having a beautiful set of Hinamatsuri Mickey and Minnie dolls (they have chains and safety pins on the back, so you can display them however you want!), having some extra time to relax today (important because I have a cold again), and having Book of Mormon class tonight.
Comments 
4th-Mar-2016 01:09 am (UTC)
AHHHHHH JELLY OF THE NORAGAMI COVER!!!! It really is a totally different illustration and everything! I want one! The gradient is so spooky and nice~

Oh, you know what, that illustration was the colour page in volume 2 (I didn't just know that off the top of my head, I looked at my books). So I can look at it in the Japanese book. Whew :) (Kodansha should release an artbook or minibook of all the colour pages, since we greyscaled them. oh, it pains me to do so every time...). But still, fancy exclusive cover!! I'm excited that it exists! (and now i'd comment on all the other goodies on your desk, but I don't know enough to recognize any of them...)

Yay, Hinamatsuri! My friends living in Japan posted photos from an event/doll display they went to, celebrating it with their daughter for the first time (she's 7? months old). Soo cute. Your Mickey and Minnie dolls are lovely!! I'm glad you got them set out (just) in time :D
4th-Mar-2016 06:10 am (UTC)
I bet if you asked really nicely, you could get one with that cover, too! It is a really nice picture.

Oh, it is! I knew it had to come from somewhere. I agree; Kodansha should release some kind of a book with those things. Noragami is on a stack that includes (from bottom to top of the pile (of books you can see)) Corpse Party, Devil Survivor, and an upside-down Say I Love You. To the left is our handy-dandy guide to dialects, Hougen Danshi.

Awww, that sounds adorable! Hinamatsuri with a real little girl. When we went on It's A Small World at Tokyo Disneyland, we noticed the dolls in the Japan section had a Hinamatsuri vibe going on, but we're not sure if it was seasonal or year-round. We'll just have to go back and check.
4th-Mar-2016 01:13 am (UTC)
awww. Thanks for posting pix of Hinamatsuri Mini and Mickey. They are so cute. I want them!!! How tall are they? 3 inches?
"(they have chains and safety pins on the back, so you can display them however you want!)"
So they are connected. very nice.

Cool cover for Noragami vol 1. Is is special or limited edition? I don't think I've ever seen that cover on amazon.
4th-Mar-2016 06:13 am (UTC)
We're glad you like them! I think they're about six inches tall. They are connected to each other, but only by the little plastic thing that they put on clothes and toys before you buy them, so disconnecting them won't change the dolls themselves in any way. We're keeping them connected because we have a weird habit of never removing the tags from our plush toys.

Our very brief research revealed a logo on the back of the different-covered Noragami 1 that reads "Loot Crate Exclusive". Glean from that what you will.
4th-Mar-2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
"Loot Crate Exclusive"
I see. Thanks for letting me know.
5th-Mar-2016 12:25 am (UTC)
No problem!
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