The Japanese Dolls emoji is a symbol for the Hinamatsuri (Girls' Day or Doll's Day) in Japan. Ornamental dolls representing the Imperial Family in traditional attire. The dolls include the emperor, empress and the people that typically surround them (the royal court). Celebrated on March 3rd, Doll's Day is the day to pray for young girls and their well being. Doll's Day is not considered an official holiday of Japan.
Emoji History The emoji code/ image log of changes.
This emoji was part of the proprietary / non-standardized emoji set first introduced by Japanese carriers like Softbank. These emojis became part of the Apple iPhone starting in iOS 2.2 as an unlockable feature on handsets sold in English speaking countries.
In iOS 5 / OSX 10.7, the underlying code that the Apple OS generates for this emoji was changed.