The armor of the samurai. Labor intensive, intricate, beautiful and full of meaning. Rows of leather and plates of metal woven together with silk cord to make formidable protection. Functional yet mesmerizing.
Dazzling helmets designed to strike apprehension into opponents upon recognition.
Join us this Saturday or Sunday, March 4th and 5th, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff St. in Arvada, Colorado for the 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival. Hours are 11:30am to 4pm and this is a free event.
Enjoy the doll room, tea ceremony, bonsai displays, ikebana (flower arranging) display, nonstop entertainment including music and martial arts or have your name written in Japanese characters.
Here are a couple more displays you will be able to appreciate:
Renjishi, the Kabuki dance of the shishi father and son (mythical lion-like animal).
As with many cultures regarding lions the myth of the shishi is that this animal is the king of beasts. Note the peonies on his costume. The shishi is also king of flowers!
The father shishi has white hair. The other actor with red hair is the son. This doll with its red hair represents the lion cub.
The shishi cub must be trained and it is the father’s duty to train the cub to be fearless. The shishi father must test his cub to see if he has trained him to be a strong and brave shishi. The father kicks his cub over the edge of a cliff and the cub showing extreme strength and courage triumphantly climbs its way to safety.
Perhaps other cubs before it were not able to make it to the top and thus the father’s anxiety waiting for his cub to appear.
What a wonderful experience to watch a story unfold, even knowing the outcome you are still rooting for that shishi cub!