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Here is an explanation of the tiers that the dolls are displayed on .

First Platform
The top tier holds two dolls representing the Emperor (お内裏さま, O-Dairi-sama) and Empress (お雛さま, O-Hina-sama). (Dairi means Imperial Palace, Hina means girl or princess). The dolls are usually placed in front of a miniature gold folding screen.

Second Platform
The second tier holds three court ladies (三人官女, San-nin kanjo). Each holds a sake-filler.

Third Platform
The third tier holds five male musicians (五人囃し, Go-nin bayashi). Each holds a musical instrument except the singer, who holds a fan.

Other Platforms
On the fourth, fifth, and lower tiers, a variety of miniature furniture, tools, carriages, etc. are displayed. Two ministerial dolls, (大臣 Daijin) may be displayed to the right (右大臣 Udaijin--Right Minister) and left (左大臣 Sadaijin--Left Minister) of the fourth tier.

The first of many Hina Doll displays that we saw that day.

A little temple on the side of the road that we found.

Telling about the temple and the path leading up into the woods.

Pretty flowers we saw all day long smelled great.

They take branches and put colored matcha on them for the Hina Doll Festival (girls day).

These are REALLY old!

He was drawing cute animals with some sayings on them in his little shop.

Not real sure what this is for but it looked really funny.

Some of the Hina Dolls that were for sale. They were ~$18 and the ones that I made were ~$10 and nicer.

These are made of clay and were the 'commoners' dolls. Not everyone could afford the beautiful and elaborate HInal dolls. Everday peopld had these.

Noriko tried to explain these to me. They are tangerine like fruits that are hanging to dry and then used in food or eaten.

Where we ate lunch ... it was yummy and cute.

We ate upstairs but downstairs was nice.

A really neat 'wall clock'.

Asuke is a really cute old town that had real neat streets and alleyways. Ignore the Mini in the foreground.

A lantern that is used a lot in the summer to light the streets.

The river and the neat Japanese style houses.

I thought that these hanging plant holders were really neat.

Cute bamboo flower holders and sitty things. This area is known for it's bamboo products.

Another nice little street/alleyway.

I thought that this tree was really neat.

This was a museum. All the clay dolls in here are over 200 years old!

There were a ton of them in there! It's hard to imagine this many dolls surviving for 200 years!

A sign explaining about the dolls.

A flier for the Hina Matsuri.

More cute little Hina dolls for sale.

These are like miniature floats that we saw in August and September at the big festivals. They were neat.

You could buy your own float!

These looked REALLY old!

A neat little waterfall outside one of the shops.

She was really cute.

This is a Matcha tea maker. You put the tea leaves in the top and the stones move in opposite directions to grind the leaves into tea powder.

This is something that used to be in most homes. You put charcoal (not at all like ours) in it and you can sit by it and warm your hands.

Here is another one. These are really neat because it puts out quite a bit of heat to help warm a room, and you can heat up your water for tea also.

I thought that these pottery Hina dolls were cute.

A temple that we passed that was neat.

Real pretty carvings above the door.

This was really cute. Things moved and made noise. I think that kids made them, there were several down a street we walked.

The whole group.

Our fun hippy bus that some of us rode up in.

Erin and her fun bus!