Feb/8 - Mar/22, 2020 Sawara Hina Doll Tour3.2
from 2/8 '20 to 3/22 '20
Matsuri (also known as Girls' Day) is a festival to pray for the health and safety of daughters by displaying "hina" dolls on the "Peach Day," one of "sekku" turning-point days in the Japanese calendar when traditional seasonal festivals are held on the day when the season changes. Around that season, divine services have traditionally been held to protect people from illness, because it is said in Japan people are more prone to illness when the season changes. In the old days, people rubbed their body with dolls made of wood, plants and paper to transfer impurities to them, and then released those dolls into rivers and the sea. As time passed, the custom was combined with doll plays by girls and traditional sekku rituals. As a result, people have eventually come to display dolls on Hina Matsuri. Hina dolls became regarded as one of essential bride’s household effects by samurai families and others, and they gradually became more adorned with the passing of time. Typical hina dolls wear clothing created to resemble those for high-ranking courtiers in the Heian Period (794-1185) working in the Imperial Palace. Sawara flourished during the Edo Period (1603-1867) so much that it was once called “Edo masari" (being superior to Edo-period Tokyo). Many stores and shops in the region, therefore, have handed down their own luxurious hina dolls from generation to generation, and now exhibit them for the sake of sightseers. In the Hina Matsuri season, the Sawara Hinabune event is held in the area, in which people clad in attire in the Heian Period perform old court music aboard "sappa bune" Japanese gondolas to create an elegant, ancient-time atmosphere on the Onogawa River.
Dates : February 8 - March 22, 2020
Venue : along the Onogawa River
Access : a 5-min walk from Sawara Station
By Car : 10 mins from Sawara-Katori IC
Sawara Hina Boat : March 7 11:00~, 13:30~, 15:00~
PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,instagrammable,parade,Traditional folk,experience,women,sightseeing,let's hang out!
Airport/Sta.Sawara Sta. (about 900m) Google Transit