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Hinamatsuri at the Keio Plaza Hotel

In Japan, the Hinamatsuri, also known as Girl’s Day or Doll’s Day, is celebrated on March 3.  As I’ve never taken pictures of this event I thought it might be a good idea to get some.  In the Kanto area, some places put on huge displays, but today I wanted to get some shots today after attending a job interview in the morning.  As my interview was near Shinjuku, I was thinking where would be a convenient place to go.  The first place that popped into my mind was the Keio Plaza hotel in Shinjuku, as I heard it puts on a great display every year.

The Emperor, his Empress and court at the Keio Plaza Hotel in Shinjuku

After finishing my interview, I walked to Shinjuku and into the Keio’s lobby where I was given a very pleasant surprise.  They had lots and lots of Hina dolls, thousands of them.  On a large table there was the main display, Emperor and Empress, court ladies, musicians and all the supporting characters.  Then, around the table they had an enormous frame with thousands of dolls suspended by strings.

The dolls weren’t only characters from the Emperor’s court, there were figures from the Chinese Zodiac and I’m pretty sure characters from a few Japanese fairy tales.  It was very, very good.  If you are interested in Girl’s Day dolls, or dolls in general, this is a display you need to see as it is very impressive.  The display goes until March 27.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have that much time to check out everything at the hotel, but apparently there are smaller displays in different areas and some of the restaurants are doing something for the festival too.  It seems like guests at the hotel are in for something really special this season.

If you want to read more about the Hinamatsuri in detail, you can read this article here on Wikipedia and you can see the Keio Plaza Hotel’s website here.