Town Overrun by Dolls for Annual Festival

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In a small Japanese town dolls outnumbered the residents for the last two weeks. Some 23,000 small, intricate dolls were displayed as part of an annual festival. (March 4)

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Katsuura, Chiba, Japan - March 3, 2014

1. Pull out to wide of Hina dolls on display on the steps of the Tomisaki Shrine

2. Mid of dolls on steps

3. Mid of doll faces

4. Various of women having their pictures taken in front of dolls

5. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese with English translation) Mr. Kobayashi, Curator, Tomisaki Shrine:

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6. Various street displays of Hina dolls

7. Tight, pan up doll

8. Pan to street display

9. Wide of indoor display

10. SOUNDBITE: (Japanese with English translation) Hayashi Hiromo, Visitor from Tokyo:

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11. Pan of Hiromo taking picture of her husband and baby daughter

12. Pan of large shelf display of dolls

13. Pan of dolls on shrine steps

14. Pull out to wide of dolls on shrine steps

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(SUPER = Katsuura, Japan)

(SUPER = March 3)

IN THIS SMALL JAPANESE TOWN, DOLLS OUTNUMBERED THE RESIDENTS FOR THE LAST MANY DAYS.

AN ESTIMATED 23-THOUSAND SMALL DOLLS WITH DELICATELY-PAINTED FACES WERE DISPLAYED IN THE TOWN OF KATSUURA, TWO HOURS OUTSIDE TOKYO.

THE ANNUAL HINA DOLL FESTIVAL, OR HINA MATSURI IN JAPANESE, HONORS WOMEN.

(SOT)

(SUPER = Mr. Kobayashi, Curator, Tomisaki Shrine)

"The Hina Matsuri has always been a festival to celebrate and bring happiness to women."

THE DOLLS ARE SEEN AS A PURIFYING FORCE.

GENERATIONS AGO FAMILIES WOULD BUY STRAW VERSIONS FOR YOUNG GIRLS, WHO WOULD FLOAT THEM DOWN A RIVER TO TAKE AWAY BAD LUCK.

NOW, HINA DOLLS ARE FANCIER AND PUT ON DISPLAY IN HOMES UNTIL GIRLS GROW UP.

THIS TOWN COLLECTS THEM FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY... AND COMMEMORATES THE DOLLS ALONG STREETS... IN TEMPLES, SHRINES, SHOPS AND A LARGE SCHOOL.

(SOT)

(SUPER = Hayashi Hiromo, Visitor from Tokyo)

"We heard great things about the Katsuura Hina Doll Festival and now since we have a 7-month-old daughter, we decided to come here today."

FESTIVAL TURNOUT WAS LOWER THAN EXPECTED THIS YEAR, BUT USUALLY DRAWS UP TO 300-THOUSAND TOURISTS IN ITS TWO-WEEK RUN.

AS TRADITION HOLDS, ALL THE DOLLS WERE QUICKLY SCOOPED UP AND PUT AWAY MARCH 3RD.

IF DISPLAYED PAST THAT DATE - IT COULD SPELL TROUBLE FOR A WOMAN'S MARRIAGE PROSPECTS.

CINDY SHARP, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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