Photo/IllutrationHina dolls for “Sakata Hina Kaido,” a traditional event held in Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, and “kasafuku” hanging ornaments are on display in one room of Hotel Gajoen Tokyo in the capital’s Meguro Ward. (Moeka Moriizumi)

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With Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day) just around the corner, Hotel Gajoen Tokyo in the capital’s Meguro Ward is offering visitors a rare look at memories from the special day from Aomori, Akita and Yamagata prefectures.

This year, the Hyakudan-Hina Matsuri event is themed on the three Tohoku region prefectures to showcase Hina dolls passed down in old-established families and other households from the late Edo Period (1603-1867) to the Meiji Era (1868-1912).

“It is a rare opportunity where Hina dolls that are hardly shown even in their hometowns are brought together,” said Sakura Kajino, 31, a curator at the hotel. “Please come and see them.”

The exhibits include a set of “Hina dogu” ornamental miniatures owned by the ruling Tsugaru family of the feudal Hirosaki Domain in present-day Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture, which stretches as wide as 16 meters when the items are lined up.

Also on display at the venue is a Hina dogu set comprising 450 items of about 50 categories, which was owned by the Rokugo family who ruled the Honjo Domain in present-day Yurihonjo, Akita Prefecture. “Kasafuku” from Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture, which is touted as one of Japan’s three major “tsurushi” (hanging) Hina Matsuri ornaments, and other exhibits also are pleasing to the eye.

About 1,000 traditional items are on display in seven rooms leading to “Hyakudan Kaidan,” or the stairway of 100 steps, which is a tangible cultural property registered by the Tokyo metropolitan government.

The hotel has hosted the exhibition annually since 2010, introducing different Hina dolls from around the country. Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day) is celebrated by families across Japan by setting up dolls at home every March 3 to wish for a healthy year for their daughters.

The exhibition runs until March 10. Admission is 1,500 yen ($13.70) for adults, 800 yen for students and free for elementary school pupils and younger children.

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