Weekly Update 2/25

Dear Members and Friends of JASH,

Next Wednesday, March 3, is Girls’ Day! Also known as Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) and Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival), on this day we wish for the happiness and healthy growth of our daughters. In homes, elegant dolls called hina ningyō dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian period (794 – 1185) are often displayed on a tiered platform covered with red felt. The size of the dolls and number of steps vary, but usually the displays are of five or seven layers while single-tiered decorations with one male and one female doll are also common. In addition to the graceful set of dolls, seasonal peach blossoms are used as decorations, which is the reason for this traditional event being also known as the Momo-no-sekku.

In recent years, JASH Tomodachi members have had the honor of attending Hinamatsuri festivities at the Consulate General of Japan in Honolulu. Last year, on March 3, 2020, Consul General Koichi Ito and Mrs. Misako Ito graciously invited our organization to celebrate the day with them. Mrs. Ito recounted her childhood memories of Hinamatsuri, sharing the stories of hina ningyō in her personal collection that date back over 100 years. Tomodachi members were treated to live musical performances by Mrs. Ariake Jun and Mr. William Watson, and spent the afternoon enjoying wonderful food and lovely company.

Left: JASH Tomodachi members enjoy refreshments at the Consulate

Right: Mrs. Misako Ito shares her hina ningyō

This year, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to gather for our annual Hinamatsuri festivities. While we are sad to cancel another beloved event, we look forward to when we can again safely gather. Although we can’t celebrate Girls’ Day together with everyone, we’d love to celebrate peach blossom season with you this Saturday, February 27 at 1:30pm (HST)! We’re teaming up with the Moanalua High School Japanese Club to present a Storygami telling of Momotaro “Peach Boy.” Learn some fun origami while listening to the BILINGUAL reading of the classic Japanese folktale! Suitable for kids ages 3-11. As this is a virtual event, please prepare your own sheets of origami. Click to Register!