Hinamatsuri: Doll Festival

March 4, 2018
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Family Program

Sunday, March 4, 2—4 PM

Wish for the health and happiness of young girls with songs, a dance performance and festival-related food while learning about and enjoying displays of intricately decorated Hinamatsuri dolls. Make your own doll! Both girls and boys are welcome to participate.

Main Program begins in Auditorium at 2 PM.

Tickets: $15/$8 Japan Society members; children ages 2 or under free. Advance ticket purchase recommended. Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults.

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Main Program
2 PM — 3 PM

Learn about the history and traditions of Hinamatsuri in this interactive program for kids filled with songs led by Michiyo Kigawa! Children will have the opportunity to go onstage to help decorate the hina doll set. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Japanese classical dance and dancers in kimono, performed by internationally-recognized Sachiyo Ito & Company.

Mini Dance Workshop with Sachiyo Ito & Company
3 PM — 4 PM

Learn the basic movements of Japanese classical dance and how to use dance fans for expressive movements in this hands-on mini workshop with Sachiyo Ito & Company. Perform a short dance piece that expresses the beauty of flowers!

Hina Dolls
3 PM — 4 PM

Make your very own dolls, and create your own hina doll display at home!

3 PM — 4 PM

Tsurushi-bina, small hanging dolls, are often displayed during Hinamatsuri. Decorated with lucky symbols, they contain wishes for the child to grow up healthy and well. Make your own Tsurushi-bina!

Decorative Wagashi
3 PM — 4 PM

During Hinamatsuri, families may enjoy wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) that are specially decorated for the festival. Try your hand at making an assortment of decorative wagashi at this hands-on craft station!

This event will be photographed and videotaped.

Family Programs are generously supported by the Nissan Foundation, Delta Air Lines, Kumon Centers of Manhattan, and the Wendy Obernauer Foundation.


Student and Family Programs are supported in part by the New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Education and Family Programs are made possible by Chris A. Wachenheim and The Norinchukin Foundation, Inc.

Additional support is provided by James Read Levy and Hiroko Onoyama.

Healthy Japanese light meals, snacks and festival-related refreshments available for purchase by  .

  • Sunday, March 4, 2018
  • 2:00 pm