Every year, through February and March, the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo celebrates the Hina-matsuri festival, a time when families pray for the health and growth of their daughters. The main lobby, and other locations around the hotel, showcases thousands of handmade hanging silk dolls which are said to trap evil spirits and bring girls good luck. The exhibition this year also has a special corner highlighting the history and tradition of Japanese incense culture. They are sure to delight everyone who sees them.
The main lobby, and other locations around the hotel, will showcase 6,800 handmade hanging silk dolls which are said to trap evil spirits and bring girls good luck. Using precious antique cloth of silk, careful handwork is used to make sure every single needle stitch is perfect. Each motif carries its own implications as a charm to bring happiness to girls. The central set of dolls represents figures from the Japanese court of the Heian period (794–1185), including the Emperor and Empress, ladies in waiting, and musicians.
Incense arrived in Japan from China during the Asuka period (538–710) together with Buddhism. However, over the centuries, Japan developed its own distinct incense culture. Flourishing especially during the Heian period (794–1185), it was used as a perfume, and sachets of blended incense became a popular gift. During the Kamakura period (1185–1333), fragrant wood was a favorite among the emerging samurai class, which the warriors’ found calming before they went into battle. Through the ages, incense has also been a part of Japanese art, a source of inspiration for songs and poetry.
Guests will also have a chance to make their own incense pouches at workshops that will be held throughout the exhibition.
* Approximately eight people can attend each workshop
From February 1 to March 31, 2018, guests staying on the Club Floor Premier Grand floors who try the Hina-matsuri special menu at our in-hotel restaurants can get a Japanese incense sachet.
How to get the gift:
Please make a reservation for a restaurant at the Club Lounge or show your restaurant receipt to our concierge.
The hotel’s restaurants are doing something special for the Hina-matsuri festival, with menus offering colorful and exquisite dishes that highlight this time of year through fresh, seasonal ingredients.