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This month's folk festivals

The Doll Festival

The Doll Festival or Hinamatsuri is celebrated on March 3 mostly by families who have little girls and wish for their happiness and well-being. A set of dolls dressed in the royal court costumes worn in ancient times are displayed together with peach blossoms as decoration. Hinamatsuri is also referred to as the Peach Festival and is said to have originated in the Heian Era (794-1185/1192). During this festival, people transferred their bad luck onto their dolls, which were dressed in traditional costume, and let them float down the river nearby. The people believed that by doing this, they could drive away the bad luck of the year (as well as the dust from their houses.)

Shinmachi Hina Doll Festival

Shinmachi Hina Doll Festival

Hina Dolls will be displayed at approx. 60 stores and restaurants throughout Shinmachi. People enjoy looking at them as they stroll through town. On festival day, a hot sweet alcoholic drink called amazake will be given away and sales of fresh local produce are scheduled at the main venue mentioned below.

When March 3 (Sat.) 10:00-15:00
Where 60 locations of Hina Doll decorations
Main venue Shinmachi Anzaisho Park (No. 2825-3 Shinmachi, Takasaki) MAP
Contact 0274-42-0930

The 22nd Stone-step Hinamatsuri in Ikaho

Marking the 22nd Hinamatsuri, this annual event has become the most well-known early spring seasonal event in Ikaho. It features live Hina dolls, actual nursery school toddlers dressed in traditional costumes and make-up. They line up on red-carpeted stone-steps just as the real Hina dolls do and are as adorable as they can be.

When Mar. 3(Sat.) & 4(Sun.) 13:00-
Where Ikaho Onsen Stone Steps (No. 12 Ikaho, Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa) MAP
Contact 0279-72-3151

Other Events

Traditional Folk Handicrafts & Antique Fair

Traditional Folk Handicrafts & Antique Fair

This monthly event is held on the first Saturday of every month. Exhibitors from all over the Kanto Region will showcase antique clothing and other rare finds for sale on the premises of the Kiryu Tenmangu Shrine.

When March 3 (Sat.)
Where Kiryu Tenmangu Shrine (No. 1-2-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu) MAP
Contact 0277-46-1111 (Kiryu City Hall) Ask for Ext. 366 or Kanko-ka

Exhibition of Japanese Paintings at the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma

As part of an exhibition of the museum's collection of Japanese paintings, Yukihiko YASUDA's artworks will be on display, including his gold standard and the great folding screen. Here's an opportunity for you to appreciate some of the best works in Japanese style paintings.

When Mar. 6(Tue.)-Apr. 8(Sun)
Where The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma (No. 992-1 Watanuki-machi, Takasaki) MAP
(in English)
Contact 027-346-5560

Watch a play at Gunma Children's Land

GUNMA CHILDREN'S LAND in Ota will present an uplifting play about a boy who develops and nurtures a friendship with an old lady-(who is really a fairy). Admission is free. Seating capacity of the theater-is 200.

When Mar. 20 (Holiday) 13:00-14:00 (Doors open at 12:45)
Where Multi-purpose Hall, Jido-kan, Gunma Children's Land
(No. 480 Nagate-cho, Ota) MAP
Contact 0276-25-0055

Strawberry picking at the foot of Mt. Akagiyama

Strawberry picking at the foot of Mt. Akagiyama

Until the end of May, strawberry farms at the foot of Mt. Akagiyama are in season. Garden-fresh Yayoihime strawberries are as sweet as ever. In the farm, strawberries are all-you-can-eat for JPY1,500 for adults and 1,300 for children.

Where Akagi area of Shibukawa
Kanko Ichigo-en or Mt. Akagiyama Strawberry Farms for Tourists MAP
Contact 0279-56-8941

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