March 7 — The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) opens up
the spring season of the On the Veranda Cultural Programs with “Hinamatsuri: Celebrating Japanese Girl’s Day.” Traditionally held on March 3, Hinamatsuri (doll festival) is an observance of rituals practiced by Japanese families in honor
of young girls.
Hinamatsuri roots are placed back to the ancient custom called hina-nagashi, where people would float dolls down the river to carry away the bad spirits.
Today, families display their heirloom dolls depicting the royal Heian court on a
special red lacquered tiered platform, starting with the Emperor and Empress on the
top tier shelf and going down to the various ladies in waiting, musicians, samurai
on the following tiers. Little girls celebrate Hinamatsuri by having a party of
delicious Japanese treats and drink, and offering it to the dolls.
The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of games, arts and crafts
activities and special treats. Families enjoy the day with a stroll through the
newly re-dedicated James Irvine Japanese Garden, a tea ceremony, Japanese music, and
viewing of an elaborate display of traditional Hina Dolls.
Pre-registration is required. Cost: $20 general admission, $15 JACCC members. To register, please call (213) 628-2725 ext. 133. For more information, visit www.jaccc.org, or e-mail Gavin Kelley at [email protected]