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.)
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|
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|
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|
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
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
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
Visit GTIA's List of Fruits-Picking Farms in Gunma PDF/706KB