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Pagnotta Eleonora[Italy]
Joey Hsiang(向馨韵) [Taiwan]
Date
12, February, 2015

Hi, this is Eleonora! I had the opportunity to enjoy a lovely experience in Shiga Prefecture and learning about this interesting place I would recommend everybody to visit.
Both Joey Hsiang and me had the pleasure to being showed around Hino, a very peculiar village whose inhabitants puts a lot of effort and devote themselves into getting ready to host the Girls Festival (aka. Hina Matsuri) every year on the 3rd of March.

Furthermore, we found out Hino has a long history as a flourish merchant village. Hino is particularly famous for pioneering the medicine manifactury and producing wine that was sold all around Japan.

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    Hino is a quaint village in Shiga Prefecture. It is particularly famous for giing birth to hundreds of wonderful Hina dolls

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    In many places of the village you will see decorations for Hina Matsuri

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    playing the part of the Emperor thanks to this funny photo-taking board

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    Hino Sightseeing association is based in what once used to be the House of Ohmi merchants

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    Hina-dolls beautifully displayed in the association room.

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    Strolling in the traditional and quaint Hino

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    Hino Sightseeing association employee, speaking about Hino history and traditions. Once, there used to be a famous pharmacy in Hino town

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    He showed us a typical sajiki-mado. One of the most impressive peculiarities of this quaint village, is the presence of Sajiki-mado.

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    These are photos of Sajiki-mado; windows every house facing the main street have, which are especially built to watch the Hino Festival, that is held once a year.

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    and in early spring season, residents host and show the beautiful Hina dolls to the pedestrians. We watched Hina dolls from a Sajiki-mado

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    While stroll through the town, we found other decorations for Festival: Hoi-Kazari

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    We came across a funny Anpanman represented as a merchant!

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    We got to the Ohmi Hino merchants Museum.

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    a wide part of Ohmi Hino Museum is dedicated to Hina-dolls

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    This Hina-dolls stage was created in 1852

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    This is an old bridal furniture

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    these two Hina dolls are dated back 150 years!

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    there is a variety of styles in the art of crafting Hina-dolls

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    this is me, contemplating the beauty of Hina-dolls

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    Many dolls are wonderful handcraft works made of Washi, the Japanese paper

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    This is a 100 years old telephone box

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    trying to call with an ancient telephone

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    A kind museum staff man showed us around and delighted us with accurate explainations

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    Ohmi-merchants' working tools

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    Ohmi-merchants' principle are reported on a poster. Reading them was really interesting

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    Ohmi is famous for its medicines production, that were and are stil sold around the country

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    vintage medicine packages

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    Hino's oldest pharmachy was also the first granting its employee a life retirement fund

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    beautiful ancient Hina-dolls

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    By visiting Hino, thanks to Hino Sightseeing Association, we got the chance to see many beautiful Hina dolls – both the newly hand-crafted ones and their precious, ancient versions.

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