Dolls of the Seasonal Festivals: Maruhei Bunko Collection -The Four Seasonal Festivals of Kyoto-

Jan. 27 (Sat.),2024 Mar. 4 (Mon.),2024
Please print out the flyer and bring it with you
to get a 50 yen discount on your admission.

Seasonal festivals are held during the significant turning points of the seasons, to ward off evil spirits. The seasonal festivals were designated as national holidays by the Edo shogunate, and the custom of celebrating the festivals became common among the general public. Especially, ‘Jōshi’ (Doll’s Festival or Girls’ Festival) on March 3rd and ‘Tango’ (Boys’ Festival) on May 5th are known as an event for the healthy growth and happiness of children.

This exhibition displays a collection of various dolls from the early Showa era (19th century), made by renowned Kyoto doll maker Ōki Heizō, which had been owned by the sake brewing Tatsuuma family. Ōki Heizō’s excellent skills can be seen in his work, such as the set of fifteen 7cm tall hina dolls called “Ni-sun Hina Dolls”, and in an ornamental piece of armor with elaborate metal fittings and embroidery.

For this year’s special exhibition titled “The Five Seasonal Festivals in Kyoto”, fascinating and festive dolls owned by Maruhei Bunko, the reference room of Marihei Ōki Doll Store, are on display.

Please enjoy the exhibition of the dolls which heralds the arrival of spring, and take a close look at the small but extravagant figurines.    

Ni-sun Hina Dolls (detail)
Oki Heizo Ⅴ

The Five Court-Musicians
Oki Heizo Ⅴ

Jan. 27 (Sat.),2024 Mar. 4 (Mon.),2024
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
General Admission: 500 yen
Junior High and Elementary School Students: 250 yen
(Combination ticket for Kinen-kan and Sakagura-kan)
・Group(over 20 visitors): 400 yen each
・Over 65yrs old (with official ID): 400 yen
・Admission is free for a student upon presentation of Hyogokko Kokoron card
・A discounted admission appliles to a visitor with a disability (with official ID) and his/her caregiver.

Other Exhibitions on View

  • Sake Reference Room

Sake and the Media

Period: Dec. 6 (Wed.) - Jan. 14 (Sun.), 2024
Jan. 27 (Sat.) - Mar. 4 (Mon.)
Sake breweries have used many kinds of media that starting with hikifuda (announcement fliers), flyers, outdoor advertisements, posters, TV commercials, novelty goods, in recent years, social networking services to promote their products to consumers. This exhibition highlights the history of sake and the media, as well as the efforts to promote sake sales.
  • Sasabe Sakura Reference Room

The Man of Sakura’s Bookshelf

Period: Dec. 6 (Wed.) - Jan. 14 (Sun.), 2024
Jan. 27 (Sat.) - Mar. 4 (Mon.)
Sasabe Shintarō (1887-1978)who devoted his life to the preservation of Japan’s ancient and wild cherry blossom trees, was self-taught in the study of cherry blossoms without any specialized education in botany. This exhibition highlights a wide variety of books from Sasabe Sakura Collection(entrusted to the museum by Nishinomiya City) that supported his research including not only specialized books on agriculture and plants, but also collections of waka poems about flowers and geographical descriptions of cherry blossom viewing spots.

I’m deeply interested in the works of art depicting the four seasons and the items that make me feel the history.


Look! Various exhibitions are held as well as those related to sake and sakura!!