Jason at 2017 Hina Matsuri Festival

Jason 2017
Jason 2017

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.

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Jason My Co-worker at Hina Matsuri Festival

imageMeet Jason.  We worked the doll room together today at our Hinamatsuri Festival.

Jason is wearing a boy’s kimono.  A gift from his Aunt and Uncle who live in Japan.

The square fabric tucked into his obi and tied with white rope represents a knife.  He promised he didn’t really have a knife, just a piece of cardboard.

The back of the Kimono was amazing.  This is a formal Kimono, not for casual wear.  Perfect for a special festival!

Jason will be back tomorrow teaching people about the dolls, if he gets his homework done!


Yummy musubi and bento box lunches available while they last.

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Wedding Kimono Displayed at Hina Matsuri Festival


This beautiful wedding kimono was displayed at the Hina Matsuri festival.  An iro-kakeshita kimono with amazing detailed embroidery.


Another type of wedding kimono is all white, the shiromuku kimono.  It is all white as the bride indicates her willingness to take the groom’s family colors.

The bride wears a type of veil or hood covering her face called a wataboshi.  The groom removes it at the end of the ceremony and underneath she wears another head covering called tsunokakushi.  (Tsuno means horns.)    This head covering represents the bride’s willingness to let go of jealousy and indicates her obedience to her new husband.


These colorful flowers are for good fortune and a deep connection to nature.


Photographs do not do this beautiful kimono justice.  I am grateful I am able to expirience artistry such as this at the festival each year.


Shichi-Go-San, Blessing of the Children

Shichi-Go-San “Seven-Five-Three” is a traditional festival day in Japan celebrated to mark the growth of children as they turn three, five and seven years of age.  In Japan this festival occurs annually on November 15 or on the nearest weekend.  Parents take their children to a shrine where they pray for the good health and well-being of their children.

At Simpson UMC Shichi-Go-San was celebrated this year on October 5th.  We also call the day “Blessing of the Children”.  We bless all children of the congregation and other children who wish to attend, we thank God for their presence in our lives and for their health and happiness.


In Japan the children may wear their traditional dress, kimonos for girls and haori jackets and hakama trousers for boys.

At Simpson the girls wore kimonos and the boys happi jackets.  Ann Henderson presided over a blessing for the children.  Ann truly joined in the spirit of the day and wore a kimono provide by Jane Fujioka.