Thursday, March 3, 2016


It was fine.

March 3 is Hinamatsuri (雛祭り), Doll's Festival or Girl's Festival in Japan. Families with girls often decorate hinaningyo (雛人形) to wish their healthy growth in February for this day. After March 3 they clear them as soon as possible hoping them to get married earlier.

On this day there is a custom to have  some special dishes, sweets and drinks such as Chirashi zushi (ちらし寿司: mixed sushi), hamaguri no osuimono (蛤のお吸い物: clear soup with clam), sakura mochi (桜餅: sweet rice cake with red bean paste wrapped with the leaf of cherry blossoms), hina arare (雛あられ: sweet small colorful rice crackers), shiro zake (白酒: sweet white sake) and so on.

March 3 is also "mimi no hi (耳の日)," day for ears. It is because of the shape of 3.3.

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