370A: Book about a Japanese Girl & Girls’ Day (circa 1959) (Solved!)

I’ve been trying to remember the title of a book that I read many times back circa 1959. The book was fiction about a young Japanese girl living in Japan. She was learning about Girls’ Day, which involved setting up an elaborate display of traditional dolls representing the Japanese Emperor and Empress and other figures. The girl and her mother had tea and tradition food so that the girl could learn manners and decorum. The book was hard-covered and illustrated with hand drawings in black and white. I don’t remember if the entire book was about Girls’ Day, or if that was just my favorite part of the book.

6 thoughts on “370A: Book about a Japanese Girl & Girls’ Day (circa 1959) (Solved!)

  1. MamaSquirrel

    Temple Town to Tokyo, by Mildred Houghton Comfort, has a chapter about the Doll Festival. Just one possibility.

  2. Nancy P

    I’m sure if that is the book, but I found it on Amazon, and I will buy it. I sort of think that it might not be the book that remember, but it does have a similar theme. I’ll let you know what I find out after I get the book.
    In the meantime, if anyone can think of another title that might fit, please let me know.

  3. Nancy P

    Thank you very much to both MamaSquirrel and Cheryl. When I saw MamaSquirrel’s reply last week, I ordered the book that she suggested. It arrived today, and I think that it may be the book that I was trying to find. Because it has been decades since I had read the book, I wasn’t sure if that would be the book that I once loved. Now that I have the book and I’ve had a chance to look it over, I think that this must the book. There is a lot about the book that I didn’t remember, e.g., that it had photos as well as drawings, but I read the chapter about Girls Day, and that that made me think that this must be the book.
    Thank you again to my friendly helpers. You have helped me to identify a book that I could only vaguely remember but missed very much.


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