ひなまつり(Hinamatsuri)

Hinamatsuri means "The Doll’s Festival" and is an annual event in Japan held on 3 March.

“It is a special day for girls,” Assistant Head of Junior School Languages (Asian Languages) Machiko Sensei said.

“Families with girls display special dolls known as ‘Hinaningyo’ to celebrate the health and happiness of them.”

IGS Kindergarten and Year 1 students studying Japanese recently made their own Hinaningyo using origami paper to celebrate the Festival.

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Year 1 students displaying their own Hinaningyo

“As they called out the name of each facial part in Japanese, they carefully drew the face of the doll,” Machiko Sensei said.

“In the Year 1 class, they were asked to describe what sort of hair and eyes the dolls have.

“They confidently responded ‘Me ga kuroi desu’ (Their eyes are black), and ‘Kami ga kuroi desu’ (Their hair is black).”

The students also learned about particular food and drink items which Japanese people have on the day of the Festival, and listened to a song and story about Hinamatsuri.

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More Year 1 students displaying their own Hinaningyo