Four sets of colorful hina dolls bring an early spring feel to the Shiraoi Motojinya Museum

The colorful hina dolls on display at the Sendai-han Shiraoi Motojinya Museum

A ‘Beautiful Hina Dolls Exhibition’ began on February 11 at the Sendai-han Shiraoi Motojinya (Sendai Clan Shiraoi manor house) Museum in the town of Shiraoi in central Hokkaido. Four sets of colorful dolls made between the late Showa and Heisei periods are on display, creating an atmosphere of early spring.

The event is held annually by the museum. The dolls on display have been donated by local residents and comprise approximately 50 male and female dolls dressed in colorful kimonos, with three courtesans, and five court musicians.
One of two women from Sapporo, who dropped by on their way to Hakodate on a sightseeing trip, reminisced, “It reminds me of my childhood. I used to play with my little brother and we’d hide behind the doll shelves.”
The exhibition will continue until March 3, the day of Hinamatsuri, a traditional Japanese event to wish for the healthy growth of girls. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays. Admission is 300 yen for high-school students and older; 150 yen for elementary and junior high school students.


Sendai-han Shiraoi Motojinya (Sendai Clan Shiraoi manor house) Museum