Girls’ Festival in Konosu

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Konosu, Japan – A huge pyramid of Japanese dolls adorns the city hall lobby for Girls’ Festival in Konosu, Saitama prefecture on Wednesday, February 12, 2012. The city, located some 40km north of Tokyo, is known as “Doll Town” for a number of factories making “Hina Ningyo,” Japanese dolls, and retailers. The doll manufacture in Konosu has about 380 years of history. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)

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A huge pyramid of Japanese dolls adorns the city hall lobby for Girls’ Festival. Tradition calls upon families with daughters for putting out these dolls for the Girls’ Day on March 3 with the hopes that they grow up healthy and happy. (Photo by Natsuki Sakai/AFLO)