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Monday, March 5, 2012

Doll's Festival(3)

Chikugo-Yoshii Ohinasama Meguri(筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり) in Ukiha City, Fukuoka Prefecture is being held from February 10th to April 3rd.
Yame Bonbori Festival(八女ぼんぼりまつり) in Yame City, Fukuoka Prefecture is being held from February 11th to March 21st.
Izuka Doll's Festival(いいづか雛のまつり) in Izuka City(飯塚市), Fukuoka Prefecture is being from February 11th to March 21st.

Boxed Hina dolls called Hako-bina(箱雛) were made in Chikugo area including Chikugo-Yoshii(筑後吉井), Yame(八女) in Kyushu Region. Some people say it started when wealthy people brought hina dolls home from Kyoto after placing them in a box and displayed boxed dolls in the Edo Period.

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Hako-bina made in 1953 at the Yame festival

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Hako-bina made in 1892 at the Yame festival

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Hako-bina made in the Taisyo Period(1912-1926) at the Yame festival

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Hako-bina at the Chikugo-Yoshii festival

人吉球磨ひなまつり by alberth2 /flickr
Hako-bina at Hitoyoshi-kuma Doll's Festival in Kumamoto Prefecture


Raised cloth pictures called okiage(おきあげ) in Chikugo area are displayed together with hina dolls. Female samurai family members made the pictures as a side job in the Edo Period. They became common in ordinary houses after the Meiji Period.
okiage  in Chikugo-Yoshii

Padded pictures of hina dolls, kabuki actors and characters from fairy tales used to be made in Mizusawa(水沢) in Iwate Prefecture until around 1930. They are called Kukuri-bina(くくり雛) and date back to the Edo Period. 
Kukuri-bina in Mizusawa

Hako-bina and okiage at the Chikugo-Yoshii festival

Famous examples of hanging ornaments for the Doll Festival include Sagemon(さげもん) in Yanagawa City in Fukuoka Prefecture, Tsurushi-kazari(つるし飾り) in Inatori area in Shizuoka Prefecture and Kasafuku(傘福) in Sakata City in Yamagata Prefecure. 
The ornaments include drawstring pouches, paper and fabric ornaments in the shape of various auspicious objects.

Yanagawa Hinamatsuri Sagemon Meguri(柳川雛祭り さげもんめぐり) in Yanagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture is being from February 11th to April 3rd.

sagemon near Yanagawa Station
柳川車站前拉麵店 by alberth2 /flickr
sagemon in Yanagawa 

sagemon at Nishitetsu Tenzin Omuta Line Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station(西鉄柳川駅)

柳川車站 by alberth2 /flickr
sagemon at Yanagawa Station

sagemon at Nishitetsu Tenzin Omuta Line Nishitetsu Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station (西鉄福岡(天神)駅) 

天神車站 by alberth2 /flickr
sagemon at Fukuoka (Tenjin) Station

Tsurushi-kazari at the Associa Hotel in Nagoya

Tsurushi-bina by Yuya Tamai /flickr
Tsurushi-kazari in Nagoya

Elaborate Hina Matusuri Display
Elaborate Hina Matusuri Display by rumpleteaser /flickr
Tsurushi-kazari and hina dolls in Nagoya

Japanese Doll set for Hina Matsuri
Japanese Doll set for Hina Matsuri by rumpleteaser /flickr
Tsurushi-kazari, hinadolls and Ichimatsu dolls in Nagoya

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At Sagemon Meguri  in Yanagawa, people dressed like hina dolls and children in traditional attire parade on the water in March every year.
The parade will be held on March 18th this year.

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Hina Matsuri
Hina Matsuri by shibuya246 /flickr
Ready-made tsurushi-kazari

Ready-made tsurushi-kazari are sold.
Do-it-yourself kits for tsurushi-kazari  are also sold.

Katsuura Doll's Festival(勝浦ひなまつり)

tomisaki shrine
tomisaki shrine by Ali San /flickr
Katsuura Doll's Festival

Omi-hachiman City Museum(近江八幡市立資料館)

雛人形 by Kentaro Ohno /flickr

kimekomi doll(木目込み人形) Head and body of a kimekomi doll are formed by placing mixture of paulownia wood powder and natural glue in wooden molds. The doll's body is grooved. Pieces of cloth for costume are tucked into grooves in the body.

 ひな人形 (Hina-Ningyo/ Dolls) Japan Doll Festival
ひな人形 (Hina-Ningyo/ Dolls) Japan Doll Festival by born1945 /flickr
kimekomi hina dolls

hina doll : 雛人形
hina doll : 雛人形 by OpenCage /flickr
kimekomi hina doll

old empress by panina.anna /flickr

This old hina doll is the same as my grandmother's.


  1. Thank you for sharing the colorful pictures and to explain everything so clearly. It is very interesting.
    Please, may I ask you a question, Ichinen? I wanted to know: which confectionery belongs to the month of June and the which one to the peonies? I want to build the teahouse in the setting of the month of June, that's why. Thank you very much, Ilona

    1. Typical confections of June in Japan are:

      (1) confections with a hydrangea(紫陽花,ajisai) motif

      Ajisai made by Honke Tsukimochi-ya Naomasa(本家月餅屋直正)

      (2) unripe ume(青梅,ao-ume) and loquat(枇杷,biwa)

      (3) confections with sweetfish(鮎,ayu) motifs

      (4) Minazuki(水無月)

      (5) Japanese water iris(花菖蒲, hanashobu)

      (6) Himuro(氷室, icehouse) made by Taneya

      (7) One of typical confections with a peony motif is Mizubotan(水牡丹).
      This is made by Sasaya Shoen(笹屋昌園).

  2. Thank you for the detailed response. I hope you don't mind if I'm asking so much? I take a good look at the time.
    Again thank you, Ilona