March 3 rd is “Hina-matsuri (Doll Festival)” in Japan.
It’s considered as Girl’s Day because it’s a day to pray for young girl’s growth and happiness.
For the day, the homes which have young girls decorate peach blossoms and “Hina-ningyo (Hina dolls)”.
This is the classic seven tiered Hina-ningyo set.
The platforms covered with a red carpet and the dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period (794-1185).
Since today’s Japan is too crowded to set the seven tiered Hina-ningyo, there are also varieties of simplified ones.
Simple rabbit Hina-ningyo.
This is said to be the biggest in the East Japan, 30 tiered Hina-ningyo!
In the video below, it shows a Mao Asada look Hina-ningyo.
She is a Japanese figure skater and she recently won the silver medal at the Vancouver Olympic last week.
In front of Hina-ningyo, young girls enjoy Hina-matsuri treats and eat chirashi sushi (assorted sashimi on rice) with their families and friends.
This is JAPAN Style!
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