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Yanagawa is a city located in Fukuoka, Japan. Yanagawa is popular with Japanese tourists because of its 470 km of wide canals. Yanagawa riverboats, called "donkobune", are used to take tourists around the city. In 1987 a video documentary was created by Studio Ghibli about these canals and their restoration. The Story of Yanagawa's Canals is widely available and includes English subtitles. Yanagawa was originally constructed in the mid-16th century by the Kamachi clan. Before then, it had been a traditional farming village, with the canals used for irrigation; Tanaka Yoshimasa ordered the canals to be maintained and built a castle in Yanagawa, which is still maintained today. The modern city was founded on April 1, 1952. Yanagawa is the birthplace of Kitahara Hakushu, a Meiji-era poet and writer of children's songs. An annual three day festival is held every November in Yanagawa complete with poetry readings, fireworks, music, and a great number of evening boat rides. During this festival, most activities begin from Shimohyaku Town and center at the Hiyoshi Shinto Shrine. In addition, Hakushu's birth house is located in Yanagawa and open to the public for tours. The Yanagawa Municipal Folk Museum is mainly dedicated to preservation of Hakushu-sensei's works and memorabilia. During the months of March and April, Yanagawa also plays host to a number of festivals, most notably Hinamatsuri or Girls' Festival on March 3rd. A great number of finely crafted Heian-era styled dolls and Sagemon are placed on display in a number of private homes, shops, and businesses throughout the city. During this time, a number of local citizens actually open up their homes to the public, allowing people to come and see their elaborate decorations and displays.

Sagemon hanging dolls are a custom that can be traced back about two centuries. When a baby girl is born, relatives and close associates make dolls with colorful fabric workmanship unique to the Yanagawa region, Fukuoka Prefecture and display them on both sides of a tiered doll stand called a Hinadan. These dolls can be seen at all of the tourist facilities in the city during the Yanagawa Hina Matsuri Festival held from the February 11 through April 3 every year.

Making Sagemon!

You need fabric, sagewa, fusa and gold paper