Hina Festival ひな祭り

The Hina Festival prays for the healthy growth and happiness of young girls, and decorative dolls are a feature of this tradition. Different regions, even within individual prefectures, celebrate the festival in different ways. Fukuoka is no exception. Everywhere you go, you are likely to see the special dolls and display stands, as well as “Sagemon,” the brightly colored decorative orbs that dangle like mobiles. From about the beginning of February until the beginning of April, towns throughout the prefecture will be holding Hina Festival events—come out for a taste of old Japan.

Chikuzen-Iizuka Hina Festival (Iizuka City)
Middle of February to the middle of March
All the stores along Iizuka’s shopping arcade will be displaying dolls on their decorative stands—close to 10,000 in all! At the “Hands-on Hina Corner,” anyone from children to seniors may take a picture ‘dressed’ in the Hina clothes.

Chikugo-Yoshii Hina Walk-around (Ukiha City)
February 10th to the beginning of April
Old mud-wall storehouses and traditional homes line the streets of this quaint town where there will be a great array of Hina dolls on display, some very rare and dating back as far as the Edo era. On Sundays, you can take a tour of the town on rickshaws.

Hina Hometown: Yame Festival (Yame City)
Middle of February to late March
Yame is well known not only for its craftsmanship of Buddhist altars and lanterns, but also its varieties of Hina Dolls. Along the shopping arcades and at various public facilities, visitors will be treated to displays of the Bakobina, which has only survived in this region, as well as more contemporary dolls.

Yanagawa Sagemon Festival (Yanagawa City)
March 1st to April 3rd
Yanagawa is the only city that displays Sagemon decorations together with the dolls. There will be a special display of Hina Dolls at the O-Hana Western-style house built in the Meiji era.

3月3日はひな祭り。一年の大半を大切にしまわれている雛人形が、立春(2月4日)を過ぎた頃から飾られ始めます。ひな祭りの祝い方は、福岡県内だけでも地域によって特徴があり、雛人形や羽子板を飾ったものや、「さげもん」といわれる色鮮やかな毬や布で作った飾り物を部屋いっぱいにさげたりするものなどがあります。

2月上旬から4月上旬にかけて、福岡県内各所で町をあげてのイベントが開催されます。ぜひ出かけてみてください。

◆筑前いいづか雛まつり (飯塚市)
 2月中旬~3月中旬
飯塚市の商店街全体で約1万点に及ぶ人形や羽子板が展示されます。「お雛様体験コーナー」では子供からお年寄りまでお雛様の衣装を身にまとって写真撮影ができます。

◆筑後吉井おひなさまめぐり (うきは市)
2月10日~4月初め
白壁土蔵が並ぶ町並みの古い商店や旧家に、江戸時代から現在までの豪華なものから珍しいもの等、数多くのおひなさまを展示しています。 日曜日は人力車に乗って、町を巡ることができます。
◆雛の里・八女ぼんぼりまつり (八女市)
 2月中旬~3月下旬
 八女は仏壇や提灯の工芸技術により、日本でも有数な雛人形の生産地です。町内の商店や公共施設に、この地域にだけ残っている「箱びな」や現代のお雛様が展示されます。
◆柳川さげもん祭り (柳川市)
3月1日~4月3日
雛人形と一緒に「さげもん」を飾るのは柳川だけです。明治時代に築かれた西洋館「御花」では常時お雛様を展示しています。