A world of elegance! Spots famous for Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)

A world of elegance! Spots famous for Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)
Hinamatsuri, a festival to pray for the healthy growth of girls, is a Japanese tradition. It is one of the events that we can strongly feel about Japan. This article introduces Hinamatsuri festivals throughout Japan.
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About Hinamaturi Festival

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In ancient China, early March in the lunar calendar was a time when people may be influenced by evil spirits so that they would bathe themselves in the river and release the paper doll to the river as regards it as themselves. The story was introduced to Japan around the Heian period (794-1192). Today's Hinamaturi festival comes from this event.

1. Yanagawa Hinamaturi Festival: Sagemon Meguri (Fukuoka Prefecture)

 Yanagawa Hinamaturi Festival: Sagemon Meguri

|Vine Decorations in Hinanokuni

The Kyushu region (Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita, Kumamoto, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima prefectures) is known as the "Land of Hinamatsuri Festival," and their celebrations are popular in Japan. In Yanagawa, vine decorations are called “Sagemon." It is customary to display them at the baby’s first festival. Sagemon started at the end of the Edo period (1603-1867). On the occasion of a baby girl's first festival, people made small items using Kimono cloths to hope she grows up healthy and happy for the rest of her life. Sagemon is displayed on both sides of the Hinamatsuri dais. If many people celebrate the event, it is said that it will bring happiness.
[Venue] Yanagawa-shi, Fukuoka Prefecture
[Fees] Some events require a participation fee
[Access]Transfer to Horikawa Bus at JR Kagoshima Honsen Setaka Station, and get off at Nishitestu Yanagawa station stop, about 20 minutes.
From Fukuoka Station on the Nishitetsu Tenjin Omuta Line, take the express train to Yanagawa Station (about 48 miutes)
  •  Yanagawa Hinamaturi Festival2
  •  Yanagawa Hinamaturi Festival: Sagemon Meguri Yanagawa Hinamaturi Festival3

2. Awa Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri Festival (Tokushima Prefecture)

 Awa Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri

|Powerful Hina Matsuri Festival

The "Awa Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri" is a festival that collects dolls that are no longer displayed in homes. A pyramid-shaped display stands tall in the center of the main venue. The doll stand is about 8 meters high and decorated with 100 tiers. A total of 300 tiered shelves surround the pyramid for 30,000 Hina dolls at the venue! Various events are also held in the town during the festival period. At the "Ohinasama no Oku-Zashiki," dolls are displayed in gardens and houses, along old streets, and on eaves. There are also events where visitors can appreciate the dolls while walking.
[Venue]Ningyo Bunka Koryukan (35-1 Tsukinose, Oaza Ikuna, Katsuura-cho, Katsuura-gun, Tokushima)
[ Fees] 300 yen for adults / 100 yen for elementary school students (subject to change)
[Access]About 60 min from JR Tokushima Station by the Tokushima Bus on the Katsuura Line, getting off at "Ningyo Bunka Koryukan-mae" stop
  •  Awa Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri
  •  Awa Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri

3. Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri Festival (Chiba Prefecture)

 Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri

|Decorated the whole town with Hina dolls

“Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri Festival" in Katsuura City, Chiba Prefecture, started in 2001. Three cities and towns of Wakayama, Chiba, and Tokushima prefectures have the common region name Katsuura, and they created the "National Katsuura Network." Katsuura City in Chiba Prefecture started the festival because they received 7,000 Hina dolls from the town of Katsuura in Tokushima Prefecture. Today, about 30,000 Hina dolls are displayed throughout the town, and the whole city is decorated with Hina dolls. It has become a big Hinamatsuri Festival. At the Tomisaki Shrine, the 60 stone steps are used as a stage for the dolls to be displayed. The oversized Hina doll "Katsuura Bina" on the topmost stage is the centerpiece of the 1,800 dolls on display are a spectacular sight to behold.
[Venue]Various locations in the city (Katsuura City Geijutsu Bunka Kouryu Center, Tomisaki Shrine, etc.)
[ Fees]Katsuura City Geijutsu Bunka Kouryu Center: 300 yen for adults (free for junior high school students and younger)
[Access]Tomisaki Shrine /Katsuura chuo shotenkai (Shopping Street): A 10-minute walk from JR Katsuura Station
Katsuura City Geijutsu Bunka Kouryu Center küste: A 20-minute walk from JR Katsuura Station
[Website] https://www.city.katsuura.lg.jp
  •  Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri
  •  Katsuura Big Hinamatsuri


The world of elegance is worth seeing. Please be relaxed by the gentle and calm smile of the dolls.

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