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Uncancelled!! Konosu Surprising Dolls’ Festival 2021

February 19, 2021 @ 10:00 March 6, 2021 @ 21:00

Konosu dolls' festival

Konosu Dolls’ Festival . Japan’s largest pyramid dolls display at “the surprising dolls festival” will not be on show in 2021. It will go ahead on the dates it was initially scheduled for: February 19th to March 6th in Elumi Mall in Konosu.

When the State of Emergency was extended, the Konosu City official website released information that implied it would not go ahead. It stated that they intend to have some sort of dolls’ display, but gave the impression that the pyramid and “bikkuri hina matsuri” wouldn’t go ahead. However, the pyramid is one of the elements of the the larger Surprising Dolls festival (Bikkuri Hina Matsuri) that is going ahead. That web page has since been updated with more detailed information.

Konosu Dolls’ Festival

Information for a ‘usual’ year for the Surprising Dolls’ festival with pyramid of traditional dolls, featuring Emperor, Empress and all the figures of the Imperial Court, as well as the ancient paraphernalia, in Konosu, Saitama.  It is called the Konosu Surprising Dolls’ Festival or Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri in Japanese.

Pyramid Display

There are different elements to the festival and several locations that display dolls as part of the Bikkuri Hina Matsuri, but the piece de resistance is the pyramid display in Elumi Mall Konosu.

Konosu dolls' festival

The title of Konosu‘s famous girls day displays of dolls is very apt.  Bikkuri Hina matsuri literally means “surprising doll festival“.  When I walked into where they were hosted in 2015, I literally let out a very audible “WOW!” The displays are indeed surprising and also very impressive, easy to access and free to view.

flyer for the Konosu dolls festival
The 2021 flyer for the Konosu Dolls Festival was designed and printed before the event was cancelled.

During the period the pyramid and various dolls’ displays are exhibited on the first floor of Elumi Konosu Shopping Mall (map at bottom of post). The display is open from 10 am until 9 pm except on the last day when the display will close at 3 pm.Official website. 

More detailed information on Konosu Dolls’ Festival on this blog:


Elumi Konosu

Konosu, Saitama Japan
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First published on Insaitama in 2015, moved to the events section in 2017. Updated every year, but last republish was May 2020.

Elumi Konosu

Konosu, Saitama Japan
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February 19 @ 10:00
March 6 @ 21:00
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