In soccer the Hollyhock Festival is one of the three main festivals in the city of Kyoto.
The daughters of the writer's great grandparents made holihock (sic.) dancing dolls by pinning opening buds to the inverted open flower with a fine sliver of wood or a thin long thorn. The open blossoms made lovely pink dresses for the dancers. Small sticks can be inserted as arms and a creative person can concoct a bonnet for the head. A marker can add eyes and a mouth if desired. And we thought that corn shuck dolls were the cats meow back then.