Families with daughters have been displaying their Hina-dolls during the month of March in Japan for centuries. Murakami is an old samurai town with families dating back to the Edo-period. Some have passed their Hina-displays on and on to the next generation and kept them in pretty spectacular condition. It has become a tradition for shops and houses to display their old dolls for public viewing. Ruu, Sako, and Sako’s daughter, Hina, and I walked around all day Friday (another Japanese holiday) and even say the SL train pass through!!