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03 2011

Hina-matsuri

March 3rd is Hina-matsuri (ひな祭, Doll Festival Day or Girls' Day), the traditional Japanese festival expressing the hope that girls will grow up healthy.

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Full set of ornaments including dolls representing the emperor, empress and their servants, and miniature furniture

In the Heian Period (794 - 1192), people used to float dolls down the river to wash away bad luck. Then, in the Muromachi Period (1338 - 1573), wealthy families started to displayed the dolls. Later, in the Edo Period (1603 - 1868), the celebration spread among ordinary people.

Although fewer people display the full set of ornaments in recent days, most families with girls celebrate the day.

My sister and I had festival meals.

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Chirashi sushi (ちらし寿司), vinegared rice with thin strips of egg, pieces of raw fish, vegetables arranged on top

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