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Writer:Yuta Sakaguchi

Hi, I’m Yuta. I grew up and live in Yokohama, a port city near Tokyo. I once lived in Kichijoji, located in the western part of Tokyo. I love walking around a street and taking pictures. On my article I introduce attractions mainly of Tokyo with many wonderful pictures. Please enjoy them!

Edo Nagashibina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Dolls)

January 22, 2016

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Geisha having Nagashibina

Edo Nagashibina (Floating Ceremony of Paper Hina Dolls) is a traditional event in Japan and it is said to start in the middle of the Heian period (approximately 1,000 years ago). People make a wish for their children’s perfect health by having Hina Dolls (made from paper or plants) suffer misfortunes in place of the children, floating the dolls in a river or a sea and purifying them. Edo Nagashibina is held from the end of February to early May every year. Hina Dolls are floated from Sumida Park and doll-decorated ships on the Sumida River. Geisha in Asakusa also gather, so the ceremony gets lively.

Sumida Park in the day