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TOKYO

‘Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family’

Mitsui Memorial Museum

by Hanna Lange

Staff Writer

In Japan, girls are traditionally given hina doll sets, which are put on display throughout the Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Festival) season in March each year. Usually, each girl of the family will receive her own set, which she keeps throughout her life.

This exhibition displays all the Mitsui family’s dolls, many of which have been looked after for generations by the wives and daughters of the family. Besides the dolls, some of which are centuries old, various other hina-doll set accessories will be on display.

In addition, exhibition room 7 will be showcasing traditional utsuwa (Japanese dishes) that were used in during Mitsui banquets; Feb. 7-April 6.

Mitsui Memorial Museum; Mitsui Main Bldg. 7F, 2-1-1 Nihonbashi Muromachi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo. Mitsukoshimae Stn. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.mitsui-museum.jp