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Hinanotsurushi Kazari – Hanging Dolls of Inatori. At the end of February and the first days of March every year, all Japanese families with daughters put out the traditional “hinaningyo“, to celebrate the little girl’s day and to make sure they are set up to be happily married sometime in the future. The saying goes that if you leave the dolls out too long (past the third of March) your daughter risks getting married late as well.

Tsurushibina. These are usually displayed during Hina Matsuri (girls day) They are all handmade with chirimen silk or rayon. A little expensive to purchase but such beautiful work. - Nagoya, Aichi

March 3rd is Hinamatsuri, the Japanese Doll's Day! March 03, 2014 Hinamatsuri, the Doll's Day, also known as the Girls' Day, is a special day to pray for young girls' growth and happiness. In Japan, it is also called Momo No Sekku (peach festival) because of the peach blossom season on the old lunar calendar. Most families with girls display beautiful Hina Ningyo (special dolls for Hinamatsuri) and dedicate peach blossoms to them. Platforms covered with a red carpet called hina-dan are ...

Sakura Mochi is a very popular Japanese sweet, now in spring it is the right time to prepare and serve it. It is also eaten traditionally on Hina Matsuri, Japanese Girls’ Day.