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Hina-Matsuri (Girl's Day)

Postby Sir Nelson » Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:06 pm

Hina-matsuri is Girl’s Day in Japan, and is celebrated on March 3rd.


In this MOC, a family gathers to celebrate the day with the pounding of mochi (rice cakes) in the traditional style - hammering it inside a large stone bowl. For those who have never seen this before, one person wets their hands and reaches into the bowl between hammer blows to fold the mochi over - timing is crucial! Everyone else helps to roll the mochi into smaller pieces.

A hina-ningyo doll is on display inside the house, along with something else... :D Don’t forget to enjoy the cherry blossoms!
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Postby Glencaer » Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:24 pm

First off, great MOCs. You're truly one of the masters of detail. And then I was looking at this picture and suddenly started laughing. I won't say why, but bravo Mr. Nelson! Bravo!
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Postby Rosh.Gonff » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:01 pm

Hmm... Looks like they have a... visitor :D
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Postby SavaTheAggie » Mon Feb 06, 2006 6:29 pm

This is just fantastic. I love the tree, I love the roof, I love it all! It's all so realistic, in a built from plastic covered in little nobby things slice of life the building would fall over otherwise sort of way. :)

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Postby MaxiVisVires » Mon Feb 06, 2006 7:15 pm

Seeing this just gave me a craving for some Mochi balls. :)

Great MOC!
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Postby Dunechaser » Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:34 pm

Duuuuuuuuuude!!! :D

From the water bowl, wooden mallet, cherry tree and roof outside to the stove, hina ningyo and "vistor" inside, I can't imagine a more perfect way to recreate this scene. Wow, very nice indeed. And the roof! (I know I already mentioned the roof.) I've never seen roof tiles that look so good in LEGO.

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Postby Jacob C. » Mon Feb 06, 2006 9:42 pm

Beautiful Moc.
I love the cherry blossom tree!
Nicely detailed.
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Postby Azaghal » Mon Feb 06, 2006 10:01 pm

The Urban Commando got slightly lost . . . :lol:
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Postby Sir Terrance » Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:41 pm

Great creation! I just love the way you built the roof, and details are amazing. Great work!

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Postby Tristram » Tue Feb 07, 2006 12:40 am

I'm so impressed! I lived in Japan for a time, stationed in Iwakuni, and I find this MOC to be both LEGO accurate and fun. Very nice cherry blossom tree, I can almost smell the blossoms! The roof is splendid. In fact, everything just looks right.

I really love this.
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Postby Moroder » Tue Feb 07, 2006 1:37 am

That's not much left to say abouy this MOC... so I'll repeat the others, it's beautiful! Incredibly realistic and simple. The whole scene have a great level of detail, but keeping it 'light'. I would just take one or two minifigs away, but that's just me. Beautiful creation, Sir Nelson!
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Postby ottoatm » Tue Feb 07, 2006 3:06 am

The details are once again present in this MOC (as others stated). Nice action going on indside, but the things I like the most are the cherry blossoms and the roof... I wonder how you know this about Japanese culture?

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Postby Sir Nelson » Tue Feb 07, 2006 7:27 am

ottoatm wrote:I wonder how you know this about Japanese culture?
Being from Hawaii, you can't help but to learn a lot about other cultures.... and that's a good thing! :D

This was really a fun build for me! Dunechaser knows that I have been wanting to make a mochi-pounding vignette for some time now, but when I tried it on an 8x8 base, I felt it just did not capture the feel of the event. So, it then became 8x16, but I felt it was still missing something - a background. I doubled the base (which is not really a familiar scale for me, other than my 2 CCC3 'room' entries) and then things started to really come together. I am very pleased with the result, especially the roof. You can thank my wife for the idea of the cherry-blossom tree... that made me change the direction of the MOC from a simple mochi-making one to a Girl's Day festival.

As for Urban Commando.... well, after all he is a contemporary ninja! Look for him in some of my upcoming MOCs!
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Postby Stone Goblin » Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:16 am

Very cool MOC. :)
Love the unique roof design and cherry blossom tree. A lot of nice little details, like the concrete step and the hanging airconditioner on the side of the house, if that is what it is. :roll:
One question. Are cherry blossom trees suppose to be black? Or are you using the black to help bring out the pink and white?
Excellent work once again Sir Nelson. :D

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Postby JPinoy » Wed Feb 08, 2006 6:14 am

Wow. Awesome set up! I've been to a Hina-Matsuri as well as a Haru-Matsuri when I had a Japanese language class back in highschool.

Great MOC!
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