Hinamatsuri Workshop at JACCC

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A traditional Girls' Day doll display.

A traditional Girls’ Day doll display.

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, 244 S. San Pedro St. in Little Tokyo, will present Hinamatsuri (Girls’ Day) on Saturday, March 1, from 1 to 4 p.m.

JACCC’s On the Veranda series returns with a special day of celebration for girls and families.

Hinamatsuri roots are placed back to an ancient custom called hina-nagashi, or “doll floating,” where people would float dolls down the river to carry away the bad spirits. Today, families with daughters display their heirloom dolls, called hina-ningyo, representing the emperor, empress, and their attendants dressed in beautiful ancient Heian period (794-1185) court costumes.

On the day of Hinamatsuri, which means “doll festival,” they celebrate by having a party of delicious Japanese treats and drink, and “offering” it to the dolls.

This one-day workshop focuses on the traditions and symbols surrounding Hinamatsuri through hands-on craft activities.

This year, the Ogasawara-Ryu Tea School will lead a special tea ceremony demonstration.

As space is limited, reservations are required. Admission: $20 general, $10 for JACCC members. For more information, call (213) 628-2725 or go online to www.jaccc.org/hinamatsuri.php.

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