I’m a few days late for Hina Matsuri (ひな祭り), celebrated on March 3, but trust me, there’s always time for dinosaur courtiers.
2014 is the third year in which the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum has commemorated Hina Matsuri with a display of dinosaurs playing the role of the Heian-period courtiers. Sources describe the dinosaurs as キモかわいい (気持ち悪い＋可愛い) – grotesquely cute. The Fukuiraptor is the Emperor Doll, and the Fukuisaurus is the Empress doll.
Interested? The display will be up until March 20, 2014!
「恐竜ひな人形披露、怖がる園児も 福井県立恐竜博物館で展示」福井新分。２０１４年２月１７日。“Dinosaur Hina Matsuri Display and Scared Kindergarteners at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum.” Fukui Shimbun. 17 Feb. 2014.
キモカワ「恐竜ひな人形！？」／福井県立恐竜博物館。北陸物語。２０１３年３月３日。“Gross-Cute ‘Dinosaur Dolls’?!: Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum. Hokuriku Tales. 3 March 2013.