Hina Matsuri – Doll Festival in Japan

Hina Matsuri or “Doll Festival”, is celebrated in Japan on March 3rd every year.

Ayako Egawa wrote to me from Japan about the holiday:

“Families with daughters celebrate March 3 by displaying Hina-dolls on a stepped shelf to express the wish for their daughters’ good health and growth. I posted a photo of ‘Hina-dolls’ (below). They are pretty.”

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“We decorate Hina-dolls with flowers of peach and field mascard (canola) on ‘Hina Matsuri’. These below are flowers of peach.”  The peach blossoms are thought to repel evil.

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Ayako makes flower arrangements.  She wrote, “This is a ‘Hinamatsuri’ arrangement I made.  It has in it flowers of peach, field mustard (canola – the small yellow flower), gerbera, roses, persion buttercup (the big yellow flower) and lemon leaf.  The point of this arrangement is arrange the flowers of peach vertically going higher.  The pink tone of the flowers create an elegant mood.”

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Here’s the Hina Matsuri Song that’s sung all over Japan for the holiday. You can hear it being sung below by Sakura and Hatsami.  The recording is followed by the transliterated lyrics, an English translation and the Japanese text…

MP3 of the Hina Matsuri Song

Hina Matsuri Song

Transliterated Japanese

Akari o tsukema sho bon bori ni
O hana o agemasyo momo no hana
Gonin – bayashi no fue daiko
Kyoo wa tanoshii Hina Matsuri

Loose English Translation

Let’s light the lanterns on the tiered stand
Let’s put peach blossoms on the tiered stand
Five court musicians are playing flutes and drums
Today is a Happy Dolls’ Festival.

Japanese Text for the Hina Matsuri Song

うれしいひなまつり

You can read more about Hina Matsuri in a previous posts I’ve written about it by clicking on the links below.

You can visit the Mama Lisa’s World Hina Matsuri Song Page for sheet music to this song.

Many thanks Ayako Egawa for sharing her photos with us about Hinamatsuri and for commenting on them, to Sakura and Hatsami for singing the Hina Matsuri Song and to Peter Galante of Learn Japanese with JapanesePod101.com for allowing us to use this wonderful recording! The recording is from their podcast about the Hina Matsuri Festival (it’s mainly in English).

Happy Hina Matsuri!

Mama Lisa

8 Responses to “Hina Matsuri – Doll Festival in Japan”

  1. Juijui Says:

    Hello!
    I am a student and for a project, I have to do a report on Hina Matsuri. I just wanted to thank you for putting this on the web–it’s been so helpful, and it’s given me a great advantage, being that I can listen to the music. [This is a band project].
    I was simply wondering if you could list the instruments needed to perform the Hina Matsuri Song..?
    I understand you might be busy, so no worries, but thank you for this wonderful article anyways!

  2. toolbox Says:

    thank u for this web. it helped me do my jap project

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    hi love ur things abt hina matsuri nice one huh i wish i could be born in japan

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