Take off your shoes, and step into an authentic silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Experience Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events in this 100-year-old house. During busy days, we have guided tours of the Japanese House instead of a seasonal activity to accommodate the crowds.
Japanese House has limited hours. Please check the specific hours on the day of your visit.
ひな祭りMake origami Hina-dolls to celebrate Girls' Day.
Hina-matsuri (Girl’s Day, or the Doll Festival) is celebrated on March 3rd every year to honor girls. Families with daughters display special dolls called Hina-ningyo in their homes and wish for health and happiness for their daughters’ future on this day.
The origin of Hina-matsuri can be traced back to medieval times. In the olden days families used the dolls as talismans to keep bad luck away from their daughters. Later on, it became popular for wealthier families to display a set of elaborate dolls for their daughters. This is similar to how Hina-ningyo are displayed today.
In the Japanese House this month, a set of Hina-ningyo, a gift from Kyoto, Japan, is on display. Yoou can also enjoy making your own origami Hina-ningyo decoration to take home.