Feature Exhibition:Hina Matsuri and Japanese Dolls

General Information

Exhibition Title Feature Exhibition
Hina Matsuri and Japanese Dolls
Period February 13-March 17, 2019
On February 24, admission is free in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the Emperor's Enthronement.
Venue Heisei Chishinkan Wing (The Collections Galleries), Gallery 1F-2
Transportation JR, Kintetsu Railway, Keihan Railway, Hankyu Railway, City Bus / Map
Closed - Monday
*When Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be opened on Monday and closed on the following Tuesday.
Museum Hours Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 4:30 p.m.)
Friday, Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Entrance until 7:30 p.m.)
Admission Adult 520 yen (410 yen)
Univ. Student 260 yen (210 yen)
(Fees in parentheses are for groups of 20+)
*Admission is free for youths of high school age and below.

Images from the Exhibit

The Kyoto National Museum welcomes spring again this year with its annual exhibition of Japanese dolls (ningyō). The Doll Festival (Hina Matsuri), now celebrated on March 3, originated as an annual purification rite that took place on the third day of the third lunar month. Dolls functioned as inanimate avatars thought to draw impurities and evil spirits away from actual people. These ritual representations could then be floated away or otherwise destroyed, taking human pollutants with them. During the Edo period (1615–1868), dolls evolved into luxurious figurines displayed on this day for the daughters of elite families.

This year's selection includes emperor and empress dolls (dairi bina), some with their own palaces (distinctive to Kyoto doll culture), and other various types of hina dolls. It also features Saga dolls (Saga ningyō), palace dolls (Gosho ningyō), said to have been gifted by the court and aristocracy, as well as tiny Kamo dolls (Kamo ningyō), and other varieties associated with the culture of the ancient capital of Kyoto.

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