We have Hina-Matsuri on March 3rd in Japan.
We introduce some of the Hina-Matsuri events like Nagashi-bina (paper dolls floated downriver) on Sumida River or Hina Festival in Odaiba, which you can experience only in Japan. Let’s visit and enjoy the bright and beautiful Hina-Matsuri events only in this season. 


★★About Hina-Matsuri★★

Hina-Matsuri is the event for whishing girl’s healthy growth and happiness. This event is held during the best season for peach so this event is also called “momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival)”. There isn’t the right word for Hina-Matsuri in English so a English-Japanese dictionary says it “the Girl’s Festival”. Generally, people display Hina Dolls with peach trees and some food called “hina-arare (sweet rice crackers)”, “hishi-mochi (diamond-shaped rice cakes)” and “shirozake (sweet white sake)”. There are different kinds of Hina-dolls. But the most luxurious and magnificent kind is called “dan-kazari” which is displayed on a tiered stand with red cloth and you can find them with many other dolls and beautiful furniture. They are so gorgeous! 

★★Recommended Hina-Matsuri in Tokyo★★

 ★★Edo Nagashi-bina★★

This Japanese traditional festival is held in Sumida River close from Asakusa Station. In this festival, people transform children’s misfortune and disasters onto dolls made by paper and plants and expel evil spirits and purify them by throwing paper dolls in the river and pray for children’s safety and good health. The scene of throwing dolls to the river from Japanese houseboats is so stunning and you can see this beautiful scene only in Japan! This is very popular for foreign visitors. Why don’t you stop by and join this event when you come to Asakusa? 

More information available from http://www1a.biglobe.ne.jp/hina-ko/sumida/
Date:March 2 
Location:Sumida River
Nearest station:Asakusa

★★LEGO® Hina-Matsuri★★

Total 30,000 pieces lego-block are used !Spectacular Hina-dolls display!You can see 10 different dolls made by the lego-artisan who is the only Japanese among ten lego-artisans around the world. And what a surprise! The fact that those lego-blocks are not special lego blocks for these Hina dolls. They are exactly the same lego-blocks that you can get in store. During this special event, you can join the workshop to make Hina-doll with lego-blocks by yourself. Please come and join us!

More information available from http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.jp/tokyo/
Date:February 18 – March 3
Location:LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER TOKYO
Nearest station:Odaiba-kaihinkoen (OdaibaMarine Park) Station

★★Enjoyable Hina-Matsuri events at hotel ~Hina-Matsuri scenes from the perspective of painters and hanging decorations~★★

There are 48,000 pieces of “tsurushi-kazari (hanging decoration)” displaying at the lobby of Shinjuku Keio Plaza Hotel. Furthermore, you can find pictures painted by modern artists from different kinds of genre. You can enjoy them for free! That’s one of the reason we recommend this event. The hotel is located nearby station, in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office. If you go to Shinjuku, please stop by! This area is recommended.  

More information available from http://www.keioplaza.co.jp/event/hina/#01
Date:February 1 – March 31 
Location:KEIO PLAZA HOTEL
Nearest station:Tochomae Station/ Shinjuku Station

 

 


★★Far from Tokyo but it’s worth going!★★
★★Kounosu AMAZING Hina-Matsuri★★

It is little bit far from Tokyo. Saitama prefecture located next to Tokyo is famous for Hina dolls in Japan. This festival is called “Bikkuri Hina-Matsuri” and held in Kounosu city. And you must be amazed by the biggest and the highest Hina-dolls displayed on a pyramid-shaped stage. It’s almost 23 feet and about to reach the ceiling! On this stage, there are about 500 Hina-dolls displayed. It’s so AMAZING! It may be possible to be certified as Guinness record! 

More information available from http://kounosubina.main.jp/
Date:February 16 – March 8
Location:Kounosu City Hall/ Elumi Kounosu Shopping Mall
Nearest station:Kounosu Station

Is there any events that you want to join? Those events we introduce this time are just a small part of all Hina-Matsuri events in Japan. There are so many other events. Let’s visit Japanese traditional Hina-Matsuri events that you can enjoy only around this season and only in Japan! If you are in Tokyo around  March 3rd, you should definitely experience them!  Tags:

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