I'm relieved... my brother Sweetums e-mailed to compliment me on my Hinamatsuri post. Thanks, big brother, I'm glad I didn't mess it up. My lovely, gracious, and brilliant sister-in-law grew up in Tokyo's equivalent of Forest Hills, one of those "most urban of suburbs" kind of neighborhoods. Here is the Hinamatsuri display she put up in the family's apartment in the greater Zurich metropolitan area (they are living in Zurich's equivalent of Forest Hills):
Are those dolls not extraordinarily beautiful? The floral arrangement is also really elegant. This year's Hinamatsuri was especially important, as it was my niece's first Hinamatsuri. No doubt my sister-in-law was happy to put up this display, because until last year, she just had a bunch of boys running around the place. Don't worry that the boys are left out of the festivities, they will get their accolades in two months.