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Rally of the Dolls

If you happen to unexpectedly wake up in Japan, perhaps after a particularly vigorous stag do, and you see what looks like row after row of porcelain dolls absolutely everywhere: don’t panic. It just means it’s either March 3rd or you’re possibly having a frighteningly realistic hallucination brought on by too many Jagerbombs.

Every year, on this day, the Japanese celebrate Hinamatsuri or ‘Doll’s Day’ where ceramic replicas of dignitaries in traditional dress are displayed on pieces of red carpet according to a terrifyingly stringent bespoke order. I have been told to mention that this isn’t creepy at all. No.