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The history of Iwatsuki,the doll town
The doll town
岩槻の歴史Iwatsuki has flourished as a post town on the Nikko-onari highway since the time of Iwatsuki castle’s construction by Sir Doukan Oota. Iwatsuki is well known for having the best raw materials relative to doll making. This area was originally famous for predicting the finest paulownia wood powder used in doll making, in addition to paulownia wood, the abundance of high quality water found on Iwatsuki is essential in mixing white plaster of Paris as well as mixing and developing other colors for use in making dolls. Thus, doll making has been a flourishing practice in Iwatsuki since the Edo period. At present, the Tougyoku Company ranks highest of about 300 doll workshops and 100 wholesale and retail stores, making it both in name and reality, one of the finest producers of traditional dolls in Japan.

The tasteful castle town --- Iwatsuki!
岩槻の歴史Approximately 500 years ago in the middle of the Muromachi period (1457), Sir Doukan Oota began to build Iwatsuki Castle (Shiratsuru Castle) on what is presently the town of Iwatsuki. Since that time, Iwatsuki has prospered as its kingdom.

Presently, the site of Iwatsuki's Castle ruins is called "Castle Site Park (Joushi Kouen)", and has come to be known as a place of recreation and relaxation for Iwatsuki's citizens. Within the park are two statues, representing dolls of the Emperor and Empress. These doll statues have since become revered symbols of the town of Iwatsuki.

Nanka kodama and Time Bell, the most precious treasures of Iwatsuki
As sung in the folk songs of Japan, the prevate school of "Senkyoukan" estableshed by the confucian scholar Nanka Kodama, can be found in Iwatsuki. Also noteworthy is the "Time Bell (Toki no Kane)" that was built by the feudal lord Sir Masaharu Abe in the year 1671. His wish was to build a great bell for the townspeople of Iwatsuki, so they might tell the time of day by its ringing. To summarize and exhibit these historical monuments, as well as the history of Iwatsuki Castle, there is a history walk available for residents and visitors to Iwatsuki.
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Many seasonable events that are suitable for this town of dolls
Events in Iwatsuki include the "Nagashibina", which takes place around the timeof the girls' festival; the "Iwatsuki Dolls Town Festival", which takes place in the summertime; and lastly, the "Dolls Memorial Service", which takes place on the third of November. Other events, such as the "Cherry Blossom Festival", and the 470-year-old shinto ritual, "Koshiki Kodomo Dohyou Iri", occur every year, and are popular times for social gatherings.

The town keeping with its rich history and modernizing in the future
From January to February, dolls in the town of Iwatsuki go on sale. Doll shops order and display vast amounts of their products, and people flock to Iwatsuki to shop for dolls, and doll-related items. During this season, the dolls town of Iwatsuki fairly overflows with life and Vigor.
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