On Friday, March 2, 2018, Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito graciously opened their doors to JASH members and guests for a Hinamatsuri Celebration in their official residence.
Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated on March 3 by Japanese to wish for happiness and healthy growth of girls. In homes, elegant dolls called hina ningyo dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian Period (794 – 1185) are displayed.
After welcome remarks by Consul General Ito, Mrs. Ito gave a thorough introduction of hina ningyo about its history and costumes. Following the introduction, Mrs. Shirley Miyamoto presented her personal memories of Girl’s Day celebration with a 7-tier hina ningyo display that was passed on from her grandmother.
The guests also enjoyed a special performance of Japanese folk song by Anju Madoka of the Madoka no Kai Japanese folk song school.
Thank you once again to Consul General and Mrs. Misawa for hosting this much-anticipated occasion. JASH would also like to thank Ms. Anju Madoka for her special performance. A big mahalo to Tomodachi Committee members for providing additional refreshments, and special thanks to volunteer photographer Ray Tabata.