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Hinamatsuri at GFS

Hinamatsuri, also known as “dolls day” or “girls day” is a Japanese holiday celebrated each year on March 3. Yoshinobu and Kathleen Shiota visited Garrison Forest this week to share more about the day with the Middle School. 

Hinamatsuri is a day to celebrate girls and to pray for their health and happiness.  The day is marked by families displaying a set of hina dolls in their homes and serving tea, sweets and other food delicacies. The Shiotas began celebrating the holiday when their own daughter was young and brought two of their hina dolls, an emperor and empress, to show the students. Traditionally, parents or grandparents of a newborn girl buy a set of hina dolls for the baby, unless they have special dolls that are passed down through generations. They also presented different doll displays, shared ways that families celebrate and talked about common superstitions. Kitty Hashimoto ’23, a boarder from Japan, helped the Shiotas with their presentation wearing a kimono which girls may often wear during Hinamatsuri celebrations. 

Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Shiota and Kitty for bringing knowledge of this wonderful celebration to the Middle School. 


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