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Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, at Japan House

Event Type
celebration, children, culture, holiday, japanese culture
Japan House
Japan House 2000 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana
Mar 1, 2020   1:00 - 3:30 pm  
Michael Darin

Japan House will be beautifully embellished with handcrafted decorations, as well as a display of traditional Hinamatsuri dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in the traditional court dress of the Heian era (794-1185 AD).

Two sessions will be held with the schedule as follows:

At 1:00pm and 2:30pm, there will be a presentation by the Japan House Interns on the history of Hinamatsuri, followed by a fashion show featuring a variety of beautiful kimonoyukata and accessories traditionally worn at festivals and special events in Japan.

Immediately following, there will be 4 hands-on crafting stations that children are encouraged to explore for the remainder of the time:

  • Wagashi-making (Japanese sweet)with Professor Emeritus and author of "The Art of Wagashi" Kimiko Gunji
  • Origami (paper folding)
  • Hinamatsuri hanging paper mobile crafting
  • Ikebana (flower arranging) led by the Illinois Prairie Chapter of the Ikenobo Ikebana Society of America.

Crafts are suitable for children ages 4-13 years old.

Cost is $10 per child, reservations required. Space is limited to 30 children per session. Parents or guardians are encouraged to come and watch.

We have a no shoe policy inside Japan House. Everyone will be removing their shoes. Please wear socks.

For more information, call Japan House at 217-244-9934 or email us at japanhouse@illinois.edu

Japan House, a learning facility centered on the art of Chado, the Way of Tea, is a non-profit organization located on the University of Illinois campus, and offers a multitude of educational opportunities for students and the local community.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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