Hinamatsuri (Girls Day) Treat and Craft

Posted by on March 4, 2014 in Confessions, Crafts, Desserts & Treats, Japanese Celebrations, Special Occasions | 4 comments

Hinamatsuri Girls Day Treats Bebe_Love_Okazu


Each year, during Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, the Japanese markets near our home sell sweets specifically for celebrating this holiday. The most popular is “Hina Arare” or sweet puffed rice. The kids really seem to like this one.

This year, we had a nice variety of treats thanks to my brother and my sister-in-law so I thought I’d share a photo of all the sweets we’ve been enjoying since yesterday.

My favorite is the Botan Rice Candy. It’s a classic, very “old school” Japanese candy. It’s a chewy sweet candy made of rice and it’s wrapped in edible rice paper that melts in your mouth. Bebe tried her first Botan Candy and loved how she could eat “paper” that melts in your mouth.

Botan Rice Candy Bebe_Love_Okazu

I also love these cute little individually packaged cookies that have pastel-colored icing atop each cookie. These are so good! The icing has different fruity flavors but I think my favorite is the yellow one (lemon).

Bebe and I also did a simple Hinamatsuri craft.

Each year, I try to incorporate a craft into our Girls’ Day celebration. This year we made a collage to recreate a Hina doll display. We used supplies we already had in the house: origami paper, aluminum foil (from the kitchen), glue stick, and my circle punches that I used for Aya’s wedding shower (blog post available here) to make the lanterns. This was inspired by a similar craft that Bebe made at her Japanese school.

Easy. Fun. Cute. That about sums up our craft.

Two great traditions to incorporate into our annual Hinamatsuri / Girls’ Day celebration: sweets & crafts (in addition to all the food I shared in my previous post).

Hinamatsuri Girls Day Craft Bebe_Love_Okazu


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    Oh my gosh, you are such a good mom! :) I love the card she made — so cute!

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      Thanks Melissa. Hope all is well. :)

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    How did you make the bodies of the dolls? How did you fold?

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      Hi Jillian, It’s just a square piece of origami paper with one fold down the center to make a triangle, with the tip pointing down. The point on the bottom of the triangle is cut with scissors into a half moon so it’s rounded. The remaining right and left pointed corners of the triangle are folder over to create “crossed arms”. It’s a cute, easy, fun craft! :)