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Mar 17, 2020

Hinamatsuri Doll Festival

The Hinamatsuri Doll Festival was the perfect opportunity for our Prep students to experience Japanese culture. The students immersed themselves in the festival where they arrange hina ningyo (dolls) on a platform, praying for the health and happiness of young Japanese girls. 

This popular Japanese tradition goes back over a 1,000 years to the Heian period (794 to 1185). During the festival, they have the opportunity to wear a traditional Heian court dress, whilst enjoying special sweets and treats. 

Prep students celebrated the occasion by trying on traditional yukata (garment), obi (belt) and geta (footwear) with a set of traditional dolls displayed. 

As part of their cultural studies, the Prep students have also been looking through the contents of a gift parcel from Japan, helping them understand more about this exciting and colourful country. They have loved celebrating Japanese culture, especially with their buddy Rirakkuma, the fictional bear, by their side.