The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) opens up the spring season of the On the Veranda Cultural Programs with "Hinamatsuri: Celebrating Japanese Girl's Day." Traditionally held on March 3, Hinamatsuri (doll festival) is an observance of rituals practiced by Japanese families in honor of young girls.
Hinamatsuri roots are placed back to the ancient custom called hina-nagashi, or "doll floating" where people would float dolls down the river to carry away the bad spirits.
Today, families display their heirloom dolls depicting the royal Heian court on a special red lacquered tiered platform, starting with the Emperor and Empress on the top tier shelf and going down to the various ladies in waiting, musicians, samurai on the following tiers. Little girls celebrate Hinamatsuri by having a party of delicious Japanese treats and drink, and "offering" it to the dolls.
The public is invited to join us for an afternoon of games, arts and crafts activities and special treats. Families enjoy the day with a stroll through the newly re-dedicated James Irvine Japanese Garden, a tea ceremony, Japanese music, and viewing of an elaborate display of traditional Hina Dolls.
Want to attend?
James Irvine Japanese Garden at JACCC
244 S. San Pedro St., Level B, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hina Doll Exhibit & Tea Ceremony: Free admission;
Tea & Hinamatsuri Treats Tasting Event at the Garden:
$20 General Admission, $15 JACCC Members
BOX OFFICE: For tickets visit www.jaccc.org or call (213) 680-3700
INFO: Visit www.jaccc.org, call (213) 628-2725 ext. 133, or by email Kelley@jaccc.org.