JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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Most viewed - Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri Doll Festival 鴻巣びっくりひな祭り
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One of Japan's biggest Hina Matsuri doll festivals is held at Konosu, Saitama from mid-February to March 3, Girls' Day. The main site is Konosu City Hall lobby with its huge, 7-meter-high pyramid with over 1,800 hina dolls. Inside Konosu Station144 views
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Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri doll festival in Konosu, Saitama.137 views
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Good place to pick up something to eat at the food court.127 views
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Konosu Hina Matsuri Doll Festival124 views
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Postcards122 views
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For more info about this doll festival, see the official site.120 views
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Konosu Hina Matsuri Doll Festival119 views
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Inside Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall.90 views
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Hina Doll Festival schedule.65 views
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On weekends when it's not raining, they also display 2,000 hina dolls on the front porch.63 views
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JR Konosu Station.59 views
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PR poster59 views
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2,000 hina dolls on the front porch of Konosu City Hall.59 views
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Konosu has a long doll-making history dating back to the Edo Period.59 views
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Inside Konosu City Hall is this huge pyramid of hina dolls.56 views
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Konosu City Hall front entrance.55 views
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Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall in front of Konosu Station.55 views
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Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall also holds a hina matsuri doll festival with a smaller pyramid.55 views
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Hina dolls in bamboo.54 views
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This stairway was also filled with dolls.53 views
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Hina doll monument in front of JR Konosu Station.53 views
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Follow the pink banners. The road is also crowded with cars.52 views
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Way to Konosu City Hall, the main site for the Hina Matsuri.52 views
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More dolls above the entrance.52 views
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The top dolls are actually screwed on to the pyramid so they won't fall during an earthquake.52 views
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Antique hina dolls were also displayed. These are from the 1920s.52 views
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Live musicians play next to the pyramid.51 views
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More dolls above the entrance.51 views
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Local mascot.51 views
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Another festival site is the Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall in front of Konosu Station. They have a smaller pyramid of dolls and stage entertainment on the 1st floor's Central Court.51 views
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Konosu City Hall. In front are food booths.50 views
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We could go up to the 2nd floor which was also lined with dolls.50 views
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Origami hina dolls50 views
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Entertainment schedule in front of the doll pyramid.50 views
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Numeric data on the hina doll pyramid. The pyramid is 7 meters high, has 31 steps and 1,807 dolls. 49 views
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The dolls on the porch are displayed until 3:30 pm. They are now putting away the dolls.49 views
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They also sold local products like honey.48 views
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Front porch again.48 views
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They put away the dolls in no time.48 views
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