Hello everyone 😊

This is Keko from the online staff.

March 3 is the Girls' Festival, also known as "Josimi no Sekku" or "Peach Festival. In English, it is called "Doll Festival" or "Girl's Day.

In the old days, it was believed that evil spirits easily entered during the change of seasons, and the festival was held to ward off bad luck and pray for happiness. Today, it is a special day to celebrate the health and happiness of young girls.

Every household decorates elegant dolls in the shape of the Emperor, Empress, and the Imperial Court to wish for the healthy growth of their children.

At temples and shrines, "Nagashi Hina" is held to transfer impurities into dolls and float them down a river. Other events associated with Hinamatsuri, such as "Kyokusui no En," in which people pour sake cups into flowing water and recite poems, are also held.


We also display dolls at our main store.

Midopa-san once asked me, ``Are the left and right positions of the dolls aligned? ” someone once asked me.

The ``Kyo Hina'' dolls made in Kyoto are actually unique in the way they are decorated.

Nationally, it seems that the position of the Imperial Palace in Hina dolls is often placed with male Hina dolls on the left and female Hina dolls on the right, but in Kyoto it is the opposite.


While remembering such nostalgic exchanges, I cracked Hina Arare.

"this is? 'Midopa-san looks at me strangely.

Come to think of it, Hina arare also seems to differ depending on the region...



In Kansai, the mainstream is round arare made with glutinous rice and seasoned with various flavors such as soy sauce and green seaweed.

In the Kanto region, it is a rice pop confectionery that often has a sweet flavor.

Both are delicious and you can't help but reach for them.