March the third Girls’ Day

March the third Girls’ Day

Hina dolls out of boxes

Peach flowers in vase


About AshiAkira

AshiAkira. Author of Haiku Poems ( Old resident of Tokyo. 葦享(あしあきら)、著書(1)「伊奈葉くんアメリカを見る」、(2)「伊奈葉さん日本を憂う」(中央公論事業出版)
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11 Responses to March the third Girls’ Day

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Sounds like a lovely occasion.

  2. hsampson says:


  3. mopana says:

    Sounds like a tradition, Ashi. It must be beautiful 🙂

    • AshiAkira says:

      Yes, it is a tradition. For hundreds of years, the Japanese people have celebrated March 3 as Girls’ Day and May 5 as Boys’ Day. They celebrated the girls’ day with peach flowers and hina dolls and the boys’ day with shobu (calamus ?) flowers and samurai (warrior) dolls. Years ago a government-sponsored bill was passed to combine the two festival days into one Children’s Day observed on May 5 which was made a national holiday. The people gladly accepted the national holiday but kept on the 2 separate festival days – a peaceful example of what can be and cannot be regulated. 🙂

  4. Azul Zaffre says:

    Sounds wonderful, almost like a festival?

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