The basic methods for crafting these objects were brought to Tochigi when master artisans from all parts of Japan gathered to help build Nikko's Toshogu Shrine and left behind techniques for creating seasonal decorative objects and implements. Later, these techniques branched off into Sano- ishokibina (Sano costumed dolls) techniques and Sano Sekku-kakejiku (Sano seasonal-festival hanging scrolls) techniques.
These scrolls serve as interior decorations as well as implements put up in prayer for the healthy growth of young children. The images are based on the traditions of annual festivals and ceremonies including Jinjitsu (New Year's Day) in January, Joshi (Joshi no Sekku, the Girl's Day Festival) in March, and Tango (Tango no Sekku, the Boy's Day Festival) in May, each drawn by experts skilled in traditional paint/calligraphy brush techniques.
Sano Ningyo Association
96, Kubocho, Sano-shi, Tochigi, 327-0845