A huge display of "hina" dolls on a giant tiered stand is seen in the west Japan town of Katsuura in Tokushima Prefecture in this recent photo. Some 30,000 hina dolls, big and small, are entertaining visitors in the 33rd edition of the annual "big hina doll festival" at the Ningyo Bunka Koryukan (doll culture exchange hall) in the town. The hall collects unwanted dolls from households around the country and is displaying them until April 4. An 8-meter-high stand was set up in the center of the venue, and dolls have been placed on 100 tiers in all directions. Last year, the festival was suspended before the scheduled finishing date due to the coronavirus pandemic. Minoru Inai, 81, chairperson of the festival organizing committee commented, "We were able to hold the festival thanks to the many volunteers who helped with venue decoration and other work. We'd like to keep it open until the final day by taking thorough measures to prevent infections."
(Japanese original by Yoshiyuki Hirakawa, Osaka Photo Department)