The set of ornamental dolls on red carpet representing the Emperor, Empress, their attendants and musicians from the Heian period traditionally displayed on Hinamatsuri (March 3) are resplendent by themselves but they are best viewed against a stately background such as that of the Koma Old Town House, a beautifully restored historic house dating back to the Edo Period and the former residence of one of the richest families in Koma, Hidaka, Saitama. The Koma Old Town House hosts this exhibit yearly and it is a chance to view rare dolls that are over a hundred years old, but each year, there are slightly different dolls on loan, so if you happen to be in the area, it is worth checking out. Admission is free.
From Koma Station on the Seibu Chichibu Line, follow the directions towards Kinchakuda (巾着田). The Koma Old Town House is opposite the street from 7-11. Parking spaces are available.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.