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In about 5 minutes by Izukyu train from Kawazu Station, I got to Izu-Inatori station, well known for its first-rate Onsen hot springs and “Kinmedai” the alfonsino, and as a birthplace of “Hina no Turushi Kazari” the hanging hina dolls and accessories. Beyond the ticket gate of the station, I saw many people from Ryokan Japanese Inn picking up their guests to their cars or buses. I wished I could have taken one of them.＾＾；
Getting out of the station, I found a large alfonsino statue. For the visitors who don’t know “alsonsino”, it might be nothing but a monster fish.＾＾
Now, I walked down the way toward the sea and turned right at the first traffic light. Good walk again. On my way, I found hanging dolls in almost all stores including restaurants and electric appliance stores. In 20 minutes or so, I got to the main square, “Inatori Culture Park”.
The first thing that came into sight was a wooden lodge. Walking closer to it made me recognize that it was a Ashiyu foot spa ! I slipped off my shoes and socks and got my feet in it. 10 minute rest.＾＾
I could find the main hall “Hina no Yakata” straight ahead. Sakura cherry blossom in front seemed in full bloom. Evening wind passed me. Smells of spring. I took extra 5 minute break for the next action. ＾＾ｖ
Maybe I should explain first what “Tsurushi Kazari” is. As I’ve told you in the last report about Hina Matsuri, we set up Hina dolls with wishes for our daughters’ well-growing up on March 3rd. Now, please see the pictures below. While we basically arrange dolls on the stair-like stage, here in Higashiizu Town, they make it with suspended accessories. And these accessories have profound meanings.
It looks more gorgeous, huh ? All dangled dolls and accessories are handmade. If you watch them closer, you will find how they are shaped.
Rabbits as messengers from the god, hot peppers for a talisman against evil ( euphemistically pointing at men ), monkeys for taking difficulties away, drawstring pouches for enough money and persimmons for their good health. Each has its meaning and that is exactly what their mother or grandmother wishes on their daughters or granddaughters.
It did not take much time to look around “Hina no Yakata”. I walked away there after 15 minutes with enough pictures and headed for Inatori Fishing Port.
Next time, I’ll introduce “Around Inatori Fishing Port”.
Have a good day !＾＾
Hina no Tsurushi Kazari Festival
※From Jan 20 through March 31
Culture Park “Hina no Yakata” main hall
Access from Izukyu Izu-Inatori Sta. ： 20 minutes on foot
Admission ： ￥300
Open Hours ： 9:00 – 17:00
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