March 01, 2019
The 3rd of March is the Doll’s Festival in Japan. It’s also called “Hinamatsuri”. It’s the day to pray for the health and happiness of young girls. We have many traditional foods associated with the day. Families present these foods to the Festival Dolls as an offering for a few weeks. On the Festival day, they eat them for one of these Doll’s Festival foods. They are rice cakes the diamond shape, and have three layers means rhombus shape in Japanese means rice cake. The name comes directly from the nature.
But why does it have three layers?
The spring is just around the corner on the Festival day. So, the colors of the traditional foods imply the scent of the spring in the air is not an exception.
The three colors signify the signs of spring. That is, pink Japanese plum blossoms when still remains on fresh green. In the picture, they are presented upside down. It is to emphasize the green color against the pinkish small candies around.
The colors visual imagination. And they have some meanings from their ingredients point of view, too. Traditionally, they use Chinese herbal medicines for each color.
The rhombus shape has some meanings, too. The shape has been believed to protect you against evil spirits. It also symbolize the prosperity of descendants. Because the Chinese character for the rhombus shape is same as the water caltrop.
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