Yamagata Hina Dolls
The Dolls' Festival that varies according to areas
Kyoho-bina has been a mainstream of hina dolls since it came into style at the same period with the prosperity of river traffic on Mogami River during Kyoho Era. These dolls look gorgeous because they are relatively large in size with longer face, and gold brocade is used for their attire.
Noble attire is authentically re-created on hina dolls based on the tradition It is said to be the original form of Kokin-bina with 12-layered ceremonial kimono of empress doll and semi-formal attire as its signatures. It is also known as “Takakura-bina.”
Kokin-bina, which was born and became very popular in Edo, has been passed down to the present. It popularity has been spreading to Kyoto, Osaka, and further by its sophistication of employing grass eyes and beautiful attire and features.
Elegant Trip to Visit Hina Dolls and Kyoto Culture
Trip to feel Kyoto culture that was dripped by safflower trade to be young bird and cityscape.
Yamagata was once known as the leading safflower production area of the country.
Safflower and rice were transported to Kyoto and Osaka by Kitamae-bune ships.
On the way back to Yamagata, Kitamae-bune was loaded with wealth gained by safflower and Kyoto/Osaka culture;
Hina dolls were one among them.
Many of them have survived in various locations along Mogami River in the prefecture.
Come and visit Hina dolls exhibitions held within Yamagata from February to April
to appreciate both Hina dolls and Kyoto/Osaka culture.
→ Elegant Trip to Visit Hina Dolls and Kyoto Culture (Murayama Area)
→ Elegant Trip to Visit Hina Dolls and Kyoto Culture (Shonai Area)