[3rd March] ひな祭りGirl's day - Doll festival

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3rd of March every year is Hinamatsuri (雛祭り, Hina-matsuri), also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a special day in Japan to wish good health and future happiness for girls. Each family sets up a display of hina dolls clothed in colorful kimono and the whole family enjoys eating delicious food.

As with almost all holidays, food and drink play a role on Girls' Day, with rice wine and rice cakes taking center stage, along with flower blossoms.

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Hinamatsuri is also called Momo no Sekku, which means a festival of peach blossoms. Peach blossoms, shiro-zake (white fermented rice wine) and hishi-mochi(diamond-shaped rice cake) are placed on the stand with the hina dolls. Hishi-mochi are colored pink representing peach flowers, white representing snow, and green representing new growth.

 

Traditionally, girls in Japan invited their friends to a home party to celebrate this festival. Many people prepare a special meal for girls on this day, including savory dishes such as chirashi, which is a sugar-flavored, vinegared sushi rice with raw fish on top; clam soup served in the shell; and edamame maze-gohan, a mixed rice usually consisting of brown rice and soybeans. 

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To celebrate Hinamatsuri, there would be Chirashizushi(sushi cake) on special menu at IRON PAN Japanese Kitchen this coming weekend which we often eat for the festival. Call us 07 3856 5656 to secure your sushi cake. limited number will be made ;-)