Meet Jason. We worked the doll room together at our Hina Matsuri Festival.
Jason knows more about the dolls than almost anybody at our church. Here he is entertaining some people describing a life-size Samurai armor replica.
Jason outgrew his boy’s kimono he wore last year but I include it here because it is amazing. A gift from his Aunt and Uncle who live in Japan.
A formal Kimono, not for casual wear. A real family heirloom that he can pass down to his son one day along with his knowledge of Japanese dolls.
The tea ceremony evolving from the scarce availability of green tea in Japan blossomed into a truly wonderful experience.
The rituals of the ceremony focus on the guest. Every small detail of the room and utensils leads the guest to serenity and appreciation.
The armor of the samurai. Labor intensive, intricate, beautiful and full of meaning. Rows of leather and plates of metal woven together with silk cord to make formidable protection. Functional yet mesmerizing.
Dazzling helmets designed to strike apprehension into opponents upon recognition.
Join us this Saturday or Sunday, March 4th and 5th, at Simpson United Methodist Church, 6001 Wolff St. in Arvada, Colorado for the 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival. Hours are 11:30am to 4pm and this is a free event.
Enjoy the doll room, tea ceremony, bonsai displays, ikebana (flower arranging) display, nonstop entertainment including music and martial arts or have your name written in Japanese characters.
Here are a couple more displays you will be able to appreciate:
Doll’s Day or Girls’ Day. In Japan it is held every March 3rd. At Simpson our Festival is held the first full weekend of every March, this year March 4th and 5th.
The Festival is open to the public and free of charge.
The families in the Japanese community display their amazing dolls, many of which have been in their families for generations. A few posts on dolls: Kokeshi Dolls, Otafuku-San, Pictures from Past Hina Matsuri Festivals
Also on display are Bonsai (miniature plants and trees) Bonsai at Hina Matsuri Festival and Ikebana (flower arranging) Ikebana at Hina Matsuri Festival. Very welcome as we wait for spring to finally replace winter.
The ladies prepare Bento Boxes for lunch each day which are extremely popular and are sold out quickly.
A constant parade of activity on the stage in the gymnasium including Taiko Drums, Martial Arts and variety of music. Taiko with Toni 2015 Hina Matsuri Festival
Other interesting displays are the Kimonos Wedding Kimono, Gaman Art from Internment Camp The Art of Gaman in Internment Camps, a Display at Hina Matsuri Festival
Hope you can join us! 6001 Wolff Street in Arvada, Colorado (just off of Sheridan & 60th).
This wonderful example of Chigiri-e art was displayed at a recent Hina Matsuri festival and is amazing.
Created from pieces of handmade paper. The paper is so delicate, even more delicate than tissue paper.
The artist is extremely talented and practices many different forms of Japanese art.
I have been enjoying her art displays at the festival for years and did not realize she was the artist for all the different forms of art she practices.
Her soul is even more amazing than her art and both she and her art are true inspirations.
Renjishi, the Kabuki dance of the shishi father and son (mythical lion-like animal).
As with many cultures regarding lions the myth of the shishi is that this animal is the king of beasts. Note the peonies on his costume. The shishi is also king of flowers!
The father shishi has white hair. This doll with its red hair represents the lion cub.
The shishi cub must be trained and it is the father’s duty to train the cub to be fearless. The shishi father must test his cub to see if he has trained him to be a strong and brave shishi. The father kicks his cub over the edge of a cliff and the cub showing extreme strength and courage triumphantly climbs its way to safety.
Perhaps other cubs before it were not able to make it to the top and thus the father’s anxiety waiting for his cub to appear.
What a wonderful experience to watch a story unfold, even knowing the outcome you are still rooting for that shishi cub!
The art of stone appreciation. The stones are naturally occurring, shaped by time and nature. Representing everyday things we should be thankful for, amazing creations of water and wind.
Suiseki can be many things so let your mind appreciate what you may find.
It could be a plant like the Matsutake mushroom above.
A miniature landscape? Waterfall, mountain or forest?
Your brother’s smiling face or a cat or dog from your childhood?
The cabin your family used to rent or the sunset you would all enjoy from its porch?
A drop of water on a pond, a blizzard of snowflakes, a volcano erupting?
A miracle of nature creating a masterpiece, taking its time, maybe centuries, to bring us peace and and serenity for as long as we care to gaze.
Jason worked both Saturday and Sunday as a doll interpreter in the doll room at our annual Hina Matsuri Festival.
He actually didn’t finish his homework Saturday night but his mom realized that we really needed his help and allowed him to come back to teach the public about the main doll display Sunday.
He is now our expert on the traditional girl’s Hina Matsuri seven tier doll display.
Next year his mom is going to help us with finding facts about the history of the samurai armor, weapons and protective clothing.
Hope you can join us next year for our 49th Annual Hina Matsuri Festival celebration. Dolls, Japanese food, Ikebana, Bonsai, Tea Ceremony, Martial Arts, Japanese music on traditional instruments, dance, and Taiko drumming just to name a bit of the program.
And Jason and I should have some interesting stuff to share with you!