Exhibition of Decorations for Tango-no-Sekku, the Boy’s Festival in May

The doll of Oujin Tenno

The doll of Oujin Tenno


The decorations for Tango-no-Sekku, which have been handed down in the Sugimoto family, show well the features of Tokokazari (display in the Tokonoma, the alcove in a traditional Japanese room) of a merchant house in Kyoto of the Meiji-era. In the display, the doll of Oujin Tenno (the 15th Emperor), the son of Jingu Kogo, is placed in the center, attended by Takeuchi-no-Sukune (a legendary faithful retainer) and a standard-bearer on both sides. His headgear is an Eboshi, not armor, and his facial expression shows calm refinement. With the beautiful figure of the sacred horse doll, ordered in 1932 when the 9th head of Sugimoto family was born, please enjoy the Tokokazari decorations of Tango-no-Sekku.

Moreover, dolls connected with the parents’ home in Fushimi of the 9th head’s wife are also exhibited. Fushimi is the area that prospered as the Momoyama castle town built by Hideyoshi Toyotomi, and people preferred more gallant dolls, such as armored samurai warriors Yoshitsune Minamoto and Kiyomasa Kato, in contrast to the atmosphere of Sugimoto family’s dolls. 

Additionally, dolls of figures who reflect Meiji Restoration are displayed including the Meiji Tenno dressed in European fashion in a dignified manner along with a chamberlain and retainers. 

Tokokazari of Oujin Tenno

Tokokazari of Oujin Tenno with Takeuchi-no-Sukune

Yoshitsune Minamoto

Armored Yoshitsune Minamoto

Meiji Tenno dressed in European style with a chamberiain


Thursday, May 3 – Saturday, May 5, 2018


Open Time:
13:00 – 17:00


Sugimoto Residence (Important Cultural Property)


Entrance Fee:
1,500 yen (800 yen for high school students and under) as a donation to the preservation efforts of the properties


– No reservation is needed.

– We ask visitors to enter the residence with socks for the protection of cultural properties.

– Taking photos of the exhibits are prohibited.