What is Hyakudan Hinamatsuri?
Hyakudan Hinamatsuri is an annual Hina dolls exhibition held at Hyakudan Kaidan. It introduces rare, historic, and traditional Hina dolls from different prefectures in Japan every year. The theme in 2020 was ‘Hinadoll travels from Izumo, Inaba, Hagi HYAKUDAN HINAMATSURI 2020’ that displayed Hina dolls from Tottori, Shimane, and Yamaguchi prefectures. The venue, Hyakudan Kaidan at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo which is registered as the tangible cultural property, adds the unique and special atmosphere to the exhibition!
What is Hina doll?
Hina doll is a set of ornamental dolls to celebrate Hinamatsuri festival in Japan. The dolls depict the imperial court at the Heian period (794-1185) and this style was formed in the Edo period(1603-1868). Hinamatsuri or Japanese Girls’ Day on March 3rd of each year is a traditional event to pray for girls’ health, growth, and happiness. On March 3rd every year, many families with girls display Hina dolls at home and eat traditional Japanese dishes to celebrate Hinamatsuri.
On one day in February, I went to Hotel Gajoen Tokyo for the Hyakudan Hinamatsuri 2020! It was held from 24th January to 15th March in 2020. Hotel Gajoen Tokyo is located at Meguro and it takes about 3 minutes on foot from Meguro station.
Hyakudan Hinamatsuri is a great exhibition to take a look at Japanese culture! I fully enjoyed traditional and special Hina dolls at Hyakudan Kaidan, a historical architecture. If you’re planning to visit Tokyo around February and March, we recommend visiting Hyakudan Kaidan to enjoy Hina dolls, unique dolls in Japan.