DIA Celebrates Hinamatsuri with Family-Friendly Event

by | Mar 5, 2018 | Creative Destinations

Every year families in Japan observe March third as ‘Hinamatsuri’. This special day, also known as “Japanese Doll’s Day” or “Girls Day”, is where parents celebrate and pray for the growth, happiness, and health of their daughters. Yesterday at the DIA families were able to participate in hands-on workshops, and learn more about this uplifting tradition.

A vendor table at the event. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

A collection of dolls on display for purchase. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

The Meaning of ‘Hinamatsuri’

‘Hinamatsuri’ is also observed as “Doll’s Day”.  Step-alters covered in red felt display what are known as “hina” dolls. The dolls represent members of the imperial court from the Heian period (794-1185). The Emporer and Empress are on top, with the remaining dolls seated by hierarchy on the platform. As of late, it is not uncommon to simplify this practice by displaying the Emperor and Empress dolls only. Either display is believed to bring good luck for female members of the family.

A traditional display of hina dolls. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

A modern approach Hinamatsuri displaying only Emperor and Empress dolls. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Demonstrations and Events

The event hosted  live demonstrations such as Calligraphy (Shodo), the time-honored tea ceremony (Chanoyu), and the art of Japanese-style flower arranging (Ikebana). Stacie Tamaki, miniature origami artist, was also on-site wowing the crowd with her folded paper creations. “I love being able to talk to people of all ages and promote the art of origami,” said Tamaki. “ It ‘s a great cost effective way to be creative.”

Stacie Tamaki smiles as she holds up a paper crane she made for us. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Our paper complimentary crane gift courtesy of Stacie Tamaki. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Miniature origami artowork by Stacie Tamaki. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

A paper wind chime made out of small paper frog figures by Stacie Tamaki. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Miniature origami artowork by Stacie Tamaki. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

A paper wind chime made out of small paper frog figures by Stacie Tamaki. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Sounds of the Miyabi Ensemble

Guests wanting to relax for a moment were able to take a front row seat and enjoy performances by the Miyabi Ensemble. Using Kotos, which are traditional Japanese stringed musical instruments, the Miyabi ensemble filled the venue with beautiful melodies that summoned a large crowd of on-lookers. After the performance member’s could even be seen teaching guests how to play.

The Miyabi Ensemble filled the venue with the elegant sounds of the Koto. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

A member of the Miyabi Ensemble teaches a guest how to strum the Koto. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

An event rich in culture

What we enjoyed most about this celebration is that it was packed with educational activities for all to enjoy. Volunteers at the event were friendly and willing to answer any questions we had about items on display. The DIA was the perfect location for families to come and experience the beauty of ‘Hinamatsuri’. We were even invited to play a raffle-style game called ‘Gara-Pon’ and walked away with a pack of delicious cookies as a prize. 🙂

Vistors had fun winning prizes by playing Gara-Pon. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Naoko and Shinji, volunteers from auto supplier Aisin, invited guests to play Gara-Pon. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

What do you love about Hinamatsuri? Share your thoughts in the comments!

A stunning wedding Kimono on display. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

An event rich in culture

What we enjoyed most about this year’s Hinamatsuri celebration is that it was packed with educational activities for all to enjoy. Volunteers at the event were friendly and willing to answer any questions we had about items on display. The DIA was the perfect location for families to come and experience the beauty of ‘Hinamatsuri’. We were even invited to playing a raffle-style game called Gara-Pon and walked away with a pack of delicious cookies as a prize. 🙂

Vistors had fun winning prizes by playing Gara-Pon. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

Naoko and Shinji, volunteers from auto supplier Aisin, invited guests to play Gara-Pon. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

What do you love about Hinamatsuri? Share your thoughts in the comments!

A stunning wedding Kimono on display. (Photo: The Creative Armory)

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