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Friday, Jan. 21, 2005

Traditional dolls on show

Original hina dolls, created by about 40 doll makers, will be on display in Tokyo's Ginza from Jan. 21.

Hina dolls are usually displayed in the home during March's Hina Matsuri (Girls' Festival).

The exhibition features dolls with a rich variety of facial expressions; some are in the classical impassive style while others have the innocent look of children.

The doll makers include Keiko Arai, Mitsue Ito, Hideko Kawai, Tamae Inada, Miki Takahashi, Tamiko Mizuta, Shigeru Muraoka and Akira Ueda.

"Haru o Irodoru Sosaku Hina Ningyo (Original Hina Dolls Giving Colors to Spring)" will be open 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1 (closed on Jan. 23 and 30) at the Art Salon on the fourth floor of Wako department store (4-5-11 Ginza, Chuo-ku. Tel. [03] 3562-2111) at the Ginza 4-chome intersection. Admission is free.

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