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The Hinamatsuri, or Doll Festival, takes place on the 3rd of March, but municipalities all over Japan put out their Hina doll displays well in advance, as early as early February. In Mihara, the Hina dolls are made of stone and decorated by kindergarteners and other locals and placed in shrines, temples, storefronts, et cetera. The “Main Event,” which are the displays at shrines and temples like Oshima Shrine pictured above, takes place on the last weekend of February only, but the display inside Mihara Station starts in early February and lasts until the actual date of the Doll Festival. Swing by Mihara some time this February to catch a glimpse of a fun twist on a Japanese tradition!