2014 / Hina dolls are displayed in Los Angeles

Hina dolls at JCC

Hina dolls at Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California (Cultural News Photo)

Roots of Hinamatsuri or Girl’s Day celebration are placed back to an ancient custom called hina – nagashi, or “doll floating” where people would float dolls down the river to carry away the bad spirits. Today, family with daughters display their heirloom dolls called hina – ningyo, representing the Emperor, Empress, and their attendants dressed in beautiful ancient Heian Period (794 – 1185) court costumes.

On the day of Hinamatsuri, which is held on March 3, they celebrate by having a party of delicious Japanese treats and drink, and “offering” it to the dolls.  


Japanese American Cultural and Community Center

244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 628-2725

Saturday, March 1, 1 – 4 pm

Lecture and workshop / On the Veranda: Hinamatsuri

This one-day workshop focuses on the traditions and symbols surrounding Hainamatsuri. Children can learn about this special girl’s day cerebration through hands-on craft activities. The Ogawawara – Ryu Tea School will lead a special tea ceremony demonstration.


Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Southern California

244 South San Pedro Street, 4th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012. (213) 626-3067

Hina dolls on display through April 3

Sunday, March 2, 12 – 3 pm, sweets and macha tea will be serviced. $5 suggested donation.  This event is organized by Tomodachi Japan.


Japan Foundation, Los Angeles

5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036. www.jflalc.org

Hina dolls on display in its library through March 28

Library hours are: Tuesday and Thursday, 12 – 7 pm; Wednesday and Friday, 12 – 4 pm, every 2nd and 4th Saturday, 12 – 4:30 pm; Closed on Sundays, Mondays, 1st & 3rd Saturdays and holidays.


Orange County Buddhist Church Girl Scouts

909 South Dale Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804. (714) 827-9590

Girls’ Day

Friday, Feb. 28, 6 – 9 pm