Japan will enjoy next week an unexpected and sweet surprise. In honor of the Japanese holiday Girl’s Day or Doll Festival on March 3, world’s largest chain of ice-cream specialty shops Baskin Robbins is releasing five new ice-cream dolls that come complete with scoops of ice cream and tiny, smiling marzipan faces.
The ice cream dolls will be displayed in a box to represent the Emperor and Empress—as well as their attendants.
Each doll is made from one of five flavors: Nutty Cream Cheese Brownie, Love in Berry, Orange Sorbet, Love Struck Cheese Cake, and Oreo Chocolate Mint, the international press reports.
Girl’s Day or Doll Festival is a special day in Japan. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794 to 1185 A.D./C.E.).
The celebration goes long back into Japan’s history. During the Heian period, the ancient custom called “doll floating” consisted in straw hina dolls being set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.