As you probably know, yesterday, March 3rd, was Hina Matsuri, or Girls' Day. If you're lucky, you might have seen some doll displays in stores, hotels, or in people's homes.
However, I only really got to see them and learn about their history and significance when I went on a bus tour to Mie a few years ago. In a small city called Kaneyama were displays of dolls from the Taisho, Meiji, and Edo periods, but in Kojima, a district of my city, Kurashiki, in Okayama-ken, was the biggest, most beautiful display of dolls I'd ever seen.
All of these displays were FREE. Although families usually take them down right after Girls' Day, lots of places keep them up well into March; I actually saw all the dolls featured in the posts below at the END of March.
Below are 2 links to blog posts I've written. The first one is about Hina Matsuri itself, and the second one is my latest Photo Friday
post featuring the dolls. Enjoy! :D
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