Earlier this week we celebrated Girls Day, Hina matsuri. At the beginning of February we set up Miss Sunshine's dolls in our washitsu (Japanese room). They are left on display until March 4 and then they should be put away promptly, as superstition has it the owner won't get married if they aren't. Well I'll let you know that ours still grace the washitsu floor, maybe they'll be put away tomorrow. Apart from me being busy it also rained here at the beginning of the week so I didn't want them to be damp when they went back in the box, or I should say boxes.
We also have on display the Hina crafts that the kids have made at kindy over the past six years along with the dolls I was given by my penfriend when I was a teenager. Apart from admiring the dolls over and over again and retelling the story of how my daughter came to receive them there is not much else you can do with them. We take photos, a lot of photos of the girls in front of their dolls, it's a great way to see how they have grown over the years.
We had sukiyaki for dinner with a Japanese Hina matsuri cake for dessert. Miss Sunshine chose a cake which was six slices of different cakes, they loved it.
Sometime within the month of the festival we see and exhibition related to Girls Day. This year we visited Kashibaya in Fujieda, Shizuoka prefecture.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Girls day festival have a look here