Hinamatsuri or Girl's Day is tomorrow, 03/03/10. Traditionally, a family will have a set of dolls dressed like heian courtiers and they would set up these dolls for Girl's Day. The dolls were believed to trap bad luck, thus ensuring good fortune for daughters of the family. My family doesn't have a set of dolls, come to think of it I don't think I know anybody with a full set, so I've never had a Girl's Day party.
What are my memories of Girl's Day in Hawaii? My grandma would make pink nantu (steamed mochi rice flour) that I would take to school and the boys had to put our chairs on our desks at the end of the day in elementary school.
What can you do to celebrate Girl's Day? Well, be extra nice to any females in your life. Enjoy some nantu or butter mochi, both of which are made using mochiko (sweet rice flour) instead of having to steam and pound mochi rice, with some green tea. Watch "The Peach Orchard" scene from Akira Kurosawa's Dreams.
Itadakimasu! - KP