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Monday, March 4, 2013

Doll's Festival Kyoto Kokusai Hotel

Hina Matsuri Kyoto京のひな祭in国際ホテル

Hina Matsuri is a Japanese doll festival that is held on on March 3.

People set up platforms in their living rooms, drape them with red carpet, and then place ornamental dolls on each of the rows.

The dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional in Heian period dress.

Because of changes in lifestyle, fewer families pull out the old dusty set of dolls, screw together the frame, and figure out where all of the dolls should go.

Also, with more women working and smaller homes than in the past, time and space also have made the festival less of a family affair.

Kyoto's Kokusai Hotel, which is across Horikawa Dori from Nijo Castle, is now hosting a bitter-sweet exhibit of many of the dolls.

When the exhibit was in the planning stages, a call went out to those who had old Hina Doll sets - and were going to throw them out. More sets than the organizers knew what to do with poured in. Students and faculty from Setsunan University then created bamboo platforms and a fabulous space on which to display dolls.

Of the many sets donated, a handful were chosen to be displayed in the lower level of the hotel.

The owners of the dolls wanted them to be shown one last time prior to being ceremonially cremated.

Hina Matsuri KyotoInformation

The exhibit runs from February 28 - March 6, 2013
Hours: 11 am 6 pm

Admission is free


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