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  • Hyakudan Hina-matsuri
    A journey to Aomori, Akita and Yamagata

    18 January – 10 March 2019
    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

     
    Hotel Gajoen Tokyo (formerly “Meguro Gajoen”), marking its 90th anniversary this year, will soon host at its Hyakudan-kaidan one of the biggest exhibitions of Hina-matsuri held in Tokyo.

    To celebrate the arrival of early spring, admire the elaborate “hina” figures displayed in a magnificent cultural setting that is known as Hyakudan-kaidan (read further below*).

    百段雛まつり 2019 ホテル雅叙園東京
    古今雛[山形・酒田]


    Hina-matsuri celebration and hina dolls

    Hina-matsuri is an age-old festival to pray for health and happiness of female children, which usually falls on 3 March today. Variations exist from place to place as to how to celebrate the festival.

    Most commonly, though, a set of figurines called “hina-ningyo” are displayed for some time prior to that day.

    Those figurines represent a Japanese medieval court, consisting of Prince and Princess, high-rank court officials, servants and musicians, as well as props.

    百段雛まつり 2019 ホテル雅叙園東京
    2メートルの段飾り/遠藤家所蔵[青森・八戸]

    百段雛まつり 2019 ホテル雅叙園東京
    古今雛/遠藤家所蔵[青森・八戸]

     


    Hina-matsuri exhibition 2019 at Hyakudan kaidan

    Held for the 10th time this year, the present exhibition at Hyakudan-kaidan will feature the northern region of Japan, gathering some 1,000 delicate pieces of figurines and props of hina-matsuri from the prefectures of Aomori, Akita and Yamagata.

    These “hina” figures are unique, elaborate pieces of art, which were owned by affluent families.

    In the pre-modern period, such intricate craft of hina-nyngyo constituted part of the bridal articles that a wealthy family’s daughter brought with her when marrying into the groom’s family.

    百段雛まつり 2019 ホテル雅叙園東京
    古今雛/加藤家所蔵[山形・酒田]

    百段雛まつり 2019 ホテル雅叙園東京
    傘福[山形・酒田]イメージ

     


    *Hyakudan kaidan at Hotel Gajoen Tokyo

    Hyakudan kaidan (literally the “stairway of one hundred steps”), located inside Hotel Gajoen Tokyo, is a wooden structure dating to the early Showa era in the 1930s. It is designated a “Tangible Cultural Property” by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.

    The complex consists of seven Japanese-style banquet rooms, exquisitely decorated with 126 Japanese paintings and craftworks produced by most eminent artists of the time.

    Hyakudan Hina-matsuri 2019 gajoen 百段雛まつり 2019

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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