Tokorozawa dolls festival

Information for the Tokorozawa Dolls Festival, officially known as Tokorozawa Hina Monogatari 野老澤雛物語, in 2024.

The Tokorozawa Doll’s Festival

Tokorozawa celebrates its doll production history with this “monogatari” festival. They describe Monogatari as a narrative tale. They are believed to have developed from the oral storytelling of fiction. That is, even when a story is based on true historical events, they are fictionalized. They remind me of the stories of seanchai in (my own) Irish culture.

As far as I can tell the Monogatari used in relation to the Tokorozawa dolls’ festival relates to a story told by images, or particularly the dolls. During the event they display historic hina dolls, some of which were made in Tokorozawa. Doll making “Tokorozawa Ningyo” started in 1849 in Tokorozawa.

During the period of the Hina Dolls festival, if a shop in the Tokorozawa Machi Zukuri Shouten area has the image in the photo above displayed in their window, they have hina dolls on display in the shop. In addition to displaying dolls, some of the shops and restaurants will have special offerings during the display period.

Dolls display

During the period of the festival Hina dolls are on display at the Monogatari building, Machizou shopping district and the former Akita residence. By and large, this festival starts on the Saturday closest to February 11th – a public holiday in Japan – regardless of what day of the week it is and ends on the second Sunday of March. In 2024, that will be from Saturday February 10th to Sunday March 10th. The displays are open to the public between 10 am and 6 pm from Fridays to Wednesdays, closed on Thursdays.

There have crafting events and other special events on during the period of the dolls festival. For example, a Kimono market:

Kimono Market

The Kimono Market is on Sunday March 3rd 2024. They will sell period kimonos from 10 am to 4 pm at various sites around Tokorozawa, such as Seibu Tokorozawa shopping center and the National registered tangible cultural property “Akita Residence”. At Seibu Tokorozawa shopping center they will also have live music on the day, from noon.

Information

Event: Tokorozawa Dolls Festival 2024 所沢のひな祭り野老澤雛物語

Dates: from Saturday February 10th to Sunday March 10th 2024

Time: various, by and large – 10 am to 4 pm.

Venue: various – the former Akita Residence, the Motomachi Community Hall, the Hina monogatari building, Waltz / Seibu Tokorozawa Shopping Center. All starred in the map in the poster above.

Access

The venues of the dolls festival are about a ten to fifteen minute walk from both Tokorozawa and Nishi-Tokorozawa Stations.

Official website.

In Saitama since 2008, updated annually. Last republish on January 25th 2022. Last update February 4th 2024.

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