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Hinamatsuri - Girls' Day Kimono Sale!

Celebrate Hinamatsuri 雛祭り with us! Today is Girls' Day in Japan, which is an annual celebration of daughters! To celebrate we are offering a sale on all of our casual kimono for women and children!

Hinamatsuri is celebrated in Japan on March 3rd. This festival is most notable for the beautiful iconic handmade doll shrine setup. These doll shrines are associated with traditional images of Japan, including the Emporer and Empress of Japan as presented in doll form. Each of these dolls can be quite valuable and are most often handmade unique works of art adorned in miniature traditional court attire that dates back to the Heian period.

Interestingly, the dolls at these celebratory shrines are not often dressed in kimono as we think of them today. Rather the dolls are dressed in specialized attire associated with the Imperial Court of Japan. For example, the Emperor and other high-ranking males of the Court are often depicted wearing sokutai (束帯). Meanwhile, the Empress and other high-ranking women of the Court are seen to be wearing beautifully layered jūnihitoe 十二単.

Today these formal outfits are mostly reserved for formal ceremonies and are still worn by high ranking Court Officials

In many cases, the doll shrines and their associated dolls are treated are heirlooms and can be handed down from generation to generation.

At the Detroit Institute Of Art on March 5th, 2023 there will be a Hinamatsuri celebration that is open to the public. We will be attending this celebration, and plan on wearing to it either a full kimono ensemble or a haori paired with a stylish modern outfit. We highly recommend attending Hinamatsuri in Detroit, Michigan hosted by the Consulate General of Japan in Detroit, Japan Business Society of Detroit, and Japan Cultural Development.

Detroit Institute Of Art Hinamasturi 2023 -

For a preview of the live performances and entertainment at the festival, this weekend here is the schedule.

Performances & Live Demonstrations

  • 10:15am Opening Ceremony & Welcoming Remarks | Great Hall

  • 12:45pm & 2:45pm Music performance by Ensemble Hanabi | Great Hall

  • 11:00am & 1:00pm Sa-do, Japanese Tea Ceremony Performance and Tea Serving* by Masters of Omote-Senke and Ura-Senke | Crystal Gallery

  • 11:00am, 12:15pm, 2:15pm, and 3:15pm Nihon Mukashi Banashi (Storytelling) Performance by Ms. Shannon O’Leary | Great Hall

  • 11:45am & 1:45pm Shodo, Japanese Calligraphy Performance by Ms. Kyoko Fuji | Great Hall

  • 12:15pm & 2:15pm Koto Music Performance by MIYABI | Kresge Court


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