Feature Exhibition: Celebrating the
Japanese Doll Festival

General Information

Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition
Celebrating the Japanese Doll Festival
Period February 9–March 7, 2021
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Gallery 1F-2
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed Monday
Museum Hours 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
Admission Adult 700 yen
Univ. Student 350 yen
*Admission fee includes admission to all galleries in the Heisei Chishinkan Wing.
*Admission is free for high school students and other youths age 0–17, seniors over 70, visitors with disabilities and one caretaker, and for Campus Members (including faculty). Please show I.D.

Images from the Exhibit

Even before the Edo period (1615–1868), dolls were believed to have the power to protect people from infectious diseases. The Kyoto National Museum's annual doll exhibition typically deals with the history of hina dolls and the Kansai-style pavilions built to display them, along with a variety of other dolls made in Kyoto.
This year, with the global pandemic, the museum also introduces dolls representing the redheaded figure Shōjō, developed in the Edo period to mitigate the effects the smallpox virus. Due to coronavirus precautions, this year's Doll Festival exhibition may not be as elaborate as in some years, but it offers visitors a chance to pray for the end of this epidemic through Shōjō figurines.

A Message to Museum Visitors

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