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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.
Hino is a quaint village in Shiga Prefecture. It is particularly famous for giing birth to hundreds of wonderful Hina dolls
In many places of the village you will see decorations for Hina Matsuri
playing the part of the Emperor thanks to this funny photo-taking board
Hino Sightseeing association is based in what once used to be the House of Ohmi merchants
Hina-dolls beautifully displayed in the association room.
Strolling in the traditional and quaint Hino
Hino Sightseeing association employee, speaking about Hino history and traditions. Once, there used to be a famous pharmacy in Hino town
He showed us a typical sajiki-mado. One of the most impressive peculiarities of this quaint village, is the presence of Sajiki-mado.
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.
and in early spring season, residents host and show the beautiful Hina dolls to the pedestrians. We watched Hina dolls from a Sajiki-mado
While stroll through the town, we found other decorations for Festival: Hoi-Kazari
We came across a funny Anpanman represented as a merchant!
We got to the Ohmi Hino merchants Museum.
a wide part of Ohmi Hino Museum is dedicated to Hina-dolls
This Hina-dolls stage was created in 1852
This is an old bridal furniture
these two Hina dolls are dated back 150 years!
there is a variety of styles in the art of crafting Hina-dolls
this is me, contemplating the beauty of Hina-dolls
Many dolls are wonderful handcraft works made of Washi, the Japanese paper
This is a 100 years old telephone box
trying to call with an ancient telephone
A kind museum staff man showed us around and delighted us with accurate explainations
Ohmi-merchants' working tools
Ohmi-merchants' principle are reported on a poster. Reading them was really interesting
Ohmi is famous for its medicines production, that were and are stil sold around the country
vintage medicine packages
Hino's oldest pharmachy was also the first granting its employee a life retirement fund
beautiful ancient Hina-dolls
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.