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*).
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.
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.
*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.
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