Dolls in Toritaka

This afternoon we drove to the little town of Toritaka where tradtional dolls are displayed through the month of March. The dolls are bought when a girl is born and displayed each year on the 3rd of March for the Girls Day Festival.

The main street of the town is a long narrow street with tradititional houses on each side which are probably a hundred years old or so. About 80 residents have combined to display their sets of dolls in their houses and shops.

One of the most interesting shops that we looked at was a Chinese Herbalists. Not only did they have their dolls on display, they also had some antique gramophones, pharmacy items and even a suit of armour that dated back 150 years or so.