Hinamatsuri: Girls’ Day

hinamatsuri cookies
On March 3rd, girls in Japan celebrate Hinamatsuri, or festival of dolls, also known simply as Girls’ Day.

It’s celebrated by displaying special dolls of the Heian court. My mom gave me a lovely Empress and Emperor, and I put them out every Girls Day (um, except last year when I completely forgot!). My daughter loves to play with the tiny accessories, especially the sword. Me too.

Japanese treats are usually eaten on this day, with themes of pink and sakura (cherry blossom). I decided to make sugar cookies using this recipe from Martha Stewart. I found a cherry blossom cookie cutter from Daiso, a Japanese dollar-store that’s in town, and used it to make the flower shapes.

I didn’t have any pink sprinkles on hand, so I made some. It’s pretty simple.

And not to worry, Boys’ Day is still coming up on May 5th. It’s celebrated by flying koi-shaped kites. Who knows, maybe I’ll even have a kite to fly that day!

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  1. Posted March 19, 2013 at 10:33 | Permalink

    hah! c and i celebrate boys day the day after mother’s day. it’s a little holiday we instated last year or the year before when we discovered there really isn’t a day to celebrate cute little boys here in america. and plus he wanted to feel extra special as mommies and daddies get their own very special day. so maybe we’ll go out and fly a kite too! i don’t know… we’ll think of something. :)

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