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Hanno in Saitama Prefecture holds its Hina Matsuri as a citywide exhibition of hina dolls and hanging decorations centering on two main streets in central Hanno, near JR Higashi Hanno Station and Hanno Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
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Many local shops display hina dolls and decorations along the Hanno Ginza road and Odori road. The festival is held from mid-Feb. to March 3. These photos were taken on March 3, 2013.
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This is Hanno Ginza, one of Hanno's main streets where hina dolls are hanging decorations are displayed. A short walk from Hanno Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
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The hina doll displays are usually placed at the storefront where we can immediately see it as we pass by.
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This shop had its hina decorations outside which is unusual.
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Most shops had their hina dolls inside the shop.
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So we enter the store to look at the hina dolls.
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They usually indicate how old the hina dolls are. Usually a family heirloom going back a few decades.
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This fish monger had hina decorations made of clam shells.
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A stonemason shop in Hanno.
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The stonemason displayed these hina dolls made of stone.
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Hina dolls made of stone in Hanno, Saitama.
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Closeup of hina doll made of stone.
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Hina dolls mde of stone.
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The stonemason also had a little room in the back displaying real hina dolls.
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One shop had a large hina doll tapestry outside to catch our attention.
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Inside the tapestry shop.
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Hina dolls and tapestry on the bottom in Hanno, Saitama Prefecture.
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Hina doll tapestries
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A bakery in Hanno, Saitama displayed hina dolls flanked with hanging decorations made of bread.
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Closeup of hanging decorations made of bread. These were outside, and I guess there were enough people to keep the birds away.
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Hanno Ginza street.
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Hina dolls displayed inside a shop.
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Hina dolls in a senbei cracker shop.
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This is Odori street, another main street with hina doll displays. This street goes to JR Higashi Hanno Station.
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Hanno Chamber of Commerce also had a hina doll display.
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Hanno Chamber of Commerce statue.
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Inside the Hanno Chamber of Commerce.
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Inside the Hanno Chamber of Commerce.
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Hanno's main hina doll display was in this old Japanese shop storehouse called Kinujin (絹甚). It was built in 1904 by a silk merchant.
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About Kinujin.
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Hanging decorations outside Kinujin.
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Numerous hina dolls and hanging decorations inside Kinujin.
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Numerous hina dolls and hanging decorations inside Kinujin.
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Numerous hina dolls and hanging decorations inside Kinujin.
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Numerous hina dolls and hanging decorations inside Kinujin.
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Inside Kinujin.
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Hina dolls inside Kinujin.
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Hina dolls inside Kinujin, Hanno, Saitama.
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Kinjujin also has this storehouse which we could not enter, but only peer inside to see hina dolls.
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Kinjujin's storehouse had these hina dolls.
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About Kinujin's storehouse.
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Old urinal and toilet at Kinujin.
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Odori street and Kinujin on the left.
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Acros from Kinujin is one of the few shops with a traditional design. This shop had its hina dolls displayed in the showcase on the left.
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Showcase with Hina dolls.
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The showcase displayed many hina dolls some of which were quite old.
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80 year-old hina doll.
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The problem with many hina doll displays was that most of them were behind glass, not good for picture-taking.
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Another old building in Hanno. It used to be the Hanno Silk Weaving Association office, built in 1922. Inside the window facing the street showed hina dolls.
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Hina dolls inside the former Hanno Silk Weaving Association office.
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About the Hanno Silk Weaving Association office.
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Even this bank had a hina doll display in its show window.
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Tailor shop
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I hope the sun won't damage the dolls too much.
   
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