The Doll's Festival

The Doll's Festival (March 3rd) is the day to celebrate the growth of girls. As bringers of good luck, we eat rhombus-shaped mochi and Hina-arare (sweetened rice-flour cakes for offering at the Dolls' Festival). Hina-arare have 4 colorful rice cakes (pink, green, yellow and white) representing four seasons, which is to wish girls have happy days throughout the year. Hina-arare is actually one of my favorites and I actually eat them throughout the year! Although I am a guy, my mission is to share this beautiful culture as the Japanese rice cracker Sommelier. :-)

by Hideki Tazawa

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