A different kind of event from others! 3 Hinamatsuri events to enjoy in Shiroishi City!
Hinamatsuri, the Doll Festival, is an event for girls in Japan that became established in the Edo period (1603-1868). Also known as "Momo no Sekku" (Peach Festival), it is an annual event which is held all over Japan. Although Hinamatsuri is a traditional event in Japan, there are some unconventional versions held in Shiroishi City. In this article we will introduce three Hinamatsuri events.
What is Hinamatsuri?
Hinamatsuri is an annual event in Japan held on March. 3 to wish for healthy growth of girls. The event is held on March. 3 because in ancient China, it was one of the following five dates when bad spirits were considered likely to enter the country: Jan. 7, Mar. 3, May 5, Jul. 7, and Sept. 9. It was traditional to make offerings and perform purifications on these dates.In Japan, during the Heian period (794-1185), the custom evolved into "Nagashibina," in which people transferred their sins to clay or paper dolls and floated them on water. This eventually became a doll game called "Hina-asobi" among children of aristocratic families.
Why display dolls?
It was not until the Edo period (1603-1867) that the celebration changed to displaying hina dolls beautifully as tiered decorations. During the Edo period, it became an event to wish for the growth and happiness of girls, and became its current form. The date of Hinamatsuri is also said to have been set as March. 3 during the Edo Period, After Hinamaturi took root in the Edo period, the hina doll decorations became more luxurious. However, the celebration was held only by samurai families and aristocrats. It seems that it was only after the Meiji period (1868-1912) that ordinary households also began participating.
A masterpiece! See the largest display of hina decorations in Miyagi Prefecture at the "Hokkori Ohinasama Exhibition" at Sumaru-Yashiki
Sumaru-Yashiki, a Taisho period (1912-1926) merchant's house, is located a 5-minute walk from JR Tohoku Line Shiroishi Station.Here you can see a seven-tiered hina doll display 8 meters tall. The impressive display is one of the largest in the prefecture. In addition, classic Hina dolls from the Meiji and Taisho periods are displayed, which is worth viewing.
Address：48-5 Nakamachi, Shiroishi, Miyagi 989-0273
Opening Hours：10:00～16:00 ※Closed on Tuesdays
Event Date：Usually from mid-February to mid-March
Inquiry：0224-25-6054 (Shiroishi Machizukuri Company)
Don't miss the wooden hina Kokeshi dolls made by traditional craftsmen! "Hina no Utage Exhibition" at Yajiro Kokeshi Village
20 minutes by car from JR Tohoku Line Shiroishi Station. The Yajiro District near Kamasaki Onsen Hot Spring is the birthplace of Yajiro traditional Kokeshi dolls, and Yajiro Kokeshi Village is a facility that exhibits and sells Yajiro Kokeshi dolls. At the "Hina no Utage Exhibition," held there from late January to early March every year, Kokeshibina dolls and Koma-bina dolls are displayed and sold. Wooden hina dolls with adorable expressions and appearance have a different charm from traditional kokeshi dolls, and each hina Kokeshi doll is one-of-a-kind, handcrafted by artisans.Discover your favorite hina Kokeshi doll.
Facility Name：Yajiro Kokeshi Village
Address：72-1 Yajirōkita, Fukuokayatsumiya, Shiroishi, Miyagi 989-0733
Opening Hours：9:00～16:00 ※Closed on Wednesdays.If Wednesday is a national holiday, the museum is closed on the following weekday.
Event Date：Usually from late January to early March
A Must-See for History Lovers!Shiroishi Ningyo no Kura's "Hinamatsuri" displaying hina dolls from various eras
Located a 15-minute walk from Shiroishi Station on the JR Tohoku Line, "Shiroishi Ningyo no Kura" is an antique museum with a nostalgic atmosphere that displays many children's toys and old daily necessities from the Showa Period (1926-1989) in a storehouse built in the Edo Period.This place also holds an annual exhibition related to the Hinamatsuri Doll Festival, where many valuable dolls from Japan's Edo period to the Showa period are on display. The exhibits contain many remarkable items that are rare or have deep historical value. You can also enjoy many other exhibit items that are reminiscent of the past or show interesting Japanese culture.
Facility Name：Shiroishi Ningyo no Kura (Shiroishi Doll Storehouse)
Address：4-18 Jōhokuchō, Shiroishi, Miyagi 989-0255
Opening Hours：10:00～16:00 ※Closed on Wednesdays
Event Date：Usually from mid-February to early April
Entrance fee：Adult 400yen Child 200yen (from elementary school student up to college student)