/ Location: Yame, Fukuoka
Feature: Traditions, Art, and Crafts
Hina Matsuri is a Japanese doll festival, also known as Momo-no-Sekku the "Peach Festival." It is held every year on March 3rd and is a time during which people pray for the well being of young girls. The festival has its origins in a Chinese exorcism ritual in which people transferred evil spirits to doll surrogates (katashiro) by rubbing paper dolls on their bodies. They then threw the paper dolls into a river... read more...