At the beginning of March, Consul General Yasushi Misawa and Mrs. Yoko Misawa graciously opened their doors to hold a Hinamatsuri Celebration in their official residence for JASH members and guests.
Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival) also known as Momo-no-sekku (Peach Festival) is traditionally celebrated on March 3 by the Japanese to wish for the happiness and healthy growth of girls. Households display elegant dolls called hina ningyo dressed in ancient court costumes of the Heian Period (794 – 1185).
Mrs. Misawa provided a brief background on the Hinamatsuri tradition and shared insightful descriptions of the hina ningyo on display with the guests. For example, the emperor and empress dolls on the top tier are placed in different order from left to right in the Kanto (Eastern Japan) and Kansai (Western Japan) regions.
The guests also enjoyed a special performance of shigin (reciting poems) and traditional dance by Takamasa Fujima from the Fujima Takamasa Nihon Buyou Kenkyusho (Fujima Takamasa Japanese Dance Institute) accompanied by Kunihito Eguchi (shigin) and Darin Miyashiro (koto).
Thank you once again to Consul General and Mrs. Misawa for hosting this much-anticipated occasion. JASH would also like to thank our Tomodachi Committee members for providing additional refreshments for this event. Thank you Fujima-sensei, Eguchi-sensei and Miyashiro-sensei for the wonderful performance, and we hope to see you again in Hawaii soon.