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Doll festival on March 3rd honors girls, traditions

Date Posted: 2005-02-25

The Hina Matsuri or Doll Festival has been on the Japanese festival books for ages.

The date never changes, and the events marking the occasion don’t either. It’s a very special day for girls.

The festival highlight is displaying of an elaborate set of dolls on a seven tier rack or stairs. Typically, the dolls are family heirlooms passed down from generation to generation, augmented by an occasional new doll to the collection.

Good luck and the girls’ happiness are principal themes of the doll festival. Families celebrate with foods, drinks including special white sake, crackers and rice cakes, and peace flowers.

Dolls are kept on display until March 15th.

The festival is a happy occasion shared with foreigners. Esthetic Salon Come Across will have the dolls on display, and invites visitors to drop by and have their picture taken with the traditional figurines. They’ll even turn it into a postcard, calling it a special gift from one culture to another.

Esthetic Salon Come Across is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Call (098)983-7741 for information and directions.

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