Celebrate Hinamatsuri 雛祭り with us! Today is Girls’ Day in Japan, which is an annual celebration of daughters! To celebrate, we’re offering a sale on all of our women’s and kids’ casual kimonos!
– Sale in casual kimono for women –
– Sale Children’s Kimono –
Hinamatsuri is celebrated in Japan on March 3. This festival is most notable for the beautiful and iconic setting of the handmade doll shrine. These doll shrines are associated with traditional images of Japan, including the Emperor and Empress of Japan presented in doll form. Each of these dolls can be quite valuable, and in most cases they are unique handmade works of art adorned in traditional miniature court attire dating back to the Heian period.
Interestingly, the dolls at these celebratory shrines are not usually dressed in kimonos as we see them today. Rather, the dolls are dressed in specialized outfits associated with the Imperial Court of Japan. For example, the emperor and other high-ranking men at court are often depicted with sokutai (束帯). Meanwhile, the empress and other high-ranking women of the court are seen wearing beautifully layered jūnihitoe 十二単.
Today, these formal outfits are mostly reserved for formal ceremonies and are still worn by high-ranking court officials.
In many cases, doll shrines and their associated dolls are treated as family heirlooms and can be passed down from generation to generation.
At the Detroit Institute of Art on March 5, 2023 there will be a Hinamatsuri Celebration open to the public. We will attend this celebration and plan to wear a full kimono set or haori paired with a modern and elegant outfit. We highly recommend attending Hinamatsuri in Detroit, Michigan, organized by the Japanese Consulate General in Detroit, Japan Business Society of Detroit, and Japan Cultural Development.
Detroit Institute of Art Hinamasturi 2023 – https://dia.org/events/hinamatsuri-japanese-girls-day-celebration
For a preview of this weekend’s live performances and entertainment at the festival, here’s the schedule.
Live performances and demonstrations
10:15 Opening Ceremony and Welcome Remarks | Big room
12:45 and 14:45 Musical performance by the Hanabi Ensemble | Big room
11:00 and 13:00 Sa-do, Japanese Tea Ceremony Presentation and Tea Service* by Omote-Senke and Ura-Senke Masters | glass gallery
11:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Nihon Mukashi Banashi (Storyteller) Performance by Ms. Shannon O’Leary | Big room
11:45 and 13:45 Shodo, Japanese Calligraphy Performance by Ms. Kyoko Fuji | Big room
12:15 and 14:15 Musical performance by Koto from MIYABI | kresge cut