On Tuesday, March 3, Consul General Toyoei Shigeeda and Mrs. Michiko Shigeeda generously opened their doors to hold a Hinamatsuri Celebration in their official residence for JASH members and guests.
Hinamatsuri is a celebration for parents to wish for happiness and good health for daughters. Traditionally celebrated on March 3rd, Japanese dolls are arranged to contain bad spirits and save the owner from dangerous encounters.
Fujima Takamasa from the Fujima Takamasa Nihon Buyou Kenkyusho (The Institute of Japanese Dance Studies of Tokyo) performed for the guests with his crew, taking the time to explain different aspects of the Hinamatsuri kimono. Guests had many questions answered regarding the number of kimono layers, the evolution of the Japanese fan, and dressing habits of the aristocracy as early as the Heian Period.
Thank you once again to the Consulate General of Japan for hosting this much-anticipated occasion. JASH would also like to thank our Tomodachi volunteers for providing additional refreshments for this event. Thank you Fujima-san for the wonderful performance, and we hope to see you again in Hawaii soon.