March 3 is Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Festival). It’s an annual event which prays for the healthy growth of girls in Japan.
The Saga Jouko Girls’ Festival is held from February 21 to March 22.
The festival grounds are split into two large parts at the Chokokan (museum) and the Saga History and Folklore Museum. The Saga History and Folklore Museum has various exhibits such as old Saga houses, old Saga banks and much more.
The Hina Matsuri dolls replicate the appearance of Heian imperial court officials. The hairstyle of the Empress doll is commonly long flowing hair or a classic ponytail. There are many types of Hina Matsuri dolls. There are 15 types all in all, but because the prices of these dolls are high, families generally buy just the Emperor and Empress dolls for decorating their home. The other dolls are three court ladies, five court musicians, two court attendants (whose popular nicknames are “Minister of the Right” and “Minister of the Left”), and court guards.
Food eaten during Hina Matsuri are hishimochi (square-shaped mochi), hina-arare (roasted mochi), sea bream or frog cuisine (served in soup), and sushi.
The Emperor and Empress dolls are the central focus of Hina Matsuri. These dolls have a lot of styles depending on their maker. The fabrics worn by the Hina Matsuri dolls are Saga brocade. Flowers can also be used to represent dolls.
Hishimochi also come in different forms and appear delicious. I only looked because I didn’t want to eat it (lol) The Saga brocade is a traditional Saga industrial art.
Community fee - ¥600
Chokokan fee - ¥300
Saga History and Folklore Museum - ¥400
Admission is free for elementary school students and children aged below