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Hina Matsuri: The Japanese Doll Festival

Hina Matsuri

Hina Matsuri, also known as the Japanese Doll Festival or Girls’ Day, is celebrated on March 3 every year. Hina are the special dolls for the occasion and matsuri is the Japanese word for a festival or holiday. Families and communities wish health and happiness for all girls on this special day. Disclosure: This post…

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Shichi-Go-San: A Japanese Birthday Celebration


Shichi-Go-San literally means seven-five-three in Japanese. The celebration, held every November 15, is a traditional rite of passage for Japanese boys turning 3 and 5 and girls turning 3 and 7 years old. The day is dedicated to the growth and happiness of young children. Why 7-5-3?  There are some different explanations for the ages chosen…

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Discover Tanabata: the Japanese Star Festival


Also known as Star Festival, Tanabata is a Japanese festival meaning “Evening of the seventh.” Tanabata is originally based on a Chinese legend. It celebrates the meeting of two stars which are usually separated by the Milky Way and, according to legend, only allowed to meet once a year: on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Find…

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