Omi Merchants' Hina Dolls Gorgeous DisplayEight Locations in Higashiomi City2 February 2013 - Sightseeing/Events
An annual doll exhibition titled "Shoka ni Tsutawaru Hina Ningyo Meguri," or Hina dolls handed down in merchant families, started on February 1 in the Gokasho district of Higashiomi City, Shiga Prefecture. Gorgeous dolls are displayed at the Omi merchants' residences and convey the feeling of spring's approach.
A total of 100 Hina doll sets are displayed at eight locations, including Ohmi Merchant Museum in Gokashotatsuta-cho, Higashiomi City, and other nearby merchants' residences, by the Higashi Omi Tourist Association and other groups.
In the Tonomura Uhei residence, in Gokashokondo-cho, Higashiomi City, one of the merchant houses which was constructed in the late Edo Period, Hina dolls made about 150 years ago in the "Goten-kazari" style and other styles of dolls are displayed. Visitors gazed intently at the gorgeous emperor and empress dolls sitting neatly in palaces modeled after the Shishin-den building in the Kyoto Imperial Palace.
The exhibition continues until March 20. It is closed on February 4 and February 12. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is an admission fee.(translated by Galileo, Inc.)