In Japan the Hina-matsuri, also called Doll’s Day or Girl’s Day, is a special celebration held on March 3rd each year. On this day people pray for the good health and happiness of girls by setting up a display of Hina-ningyo (special dolls for Hina-matsuri).
The dolls are set up on platforms covered with red carpet material, and dolls are arranged by status on the tiers. The emperor and empress dolls reside on the top tier, waited upon by the three ladies-in-waiting on the second tier, five male musicians reside on the third, two ministers with trays of food on the fourth and three guards on the fifth tier. The sixth and seventh tiers are decorated with household ornaments and carriages.
The Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage has set up a display of the dolls in the office lobby. We invite the public to come and see the display.
The office is open Monday to Friday 8:45am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 4:45pm and is located at 3601 C. St., Suite 1300, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.