It is the Girl’s Day ‘Hina-Matsuri’ today the 3rd of March. For a few weeks until this day in Japan we place a set of dolls called ‘Hina-Ningyo’ in a room and celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of girls.
There are many different scales in Hina-Ningyo and some gorgeous one is composed of several shelves with a red cloth on top and each shelf is decorated with either some figures or ornaments. The most important part of this is the very top shelf where a male and a female figures are placed. They are the Emperor and the Empress.
There are several sweets that are traditionally only for this occasion. One of them is a diamond shaped sweet in tri-colours of pink, white and green called ‘Hishi-mochi’. Last year I created Hishi-moch with a type of Japanese sweet called ‘Ukishima’ but this year I made the Hina-dolls too.
Hina-Ningyo/Hina-Dolls the Sweet
These are my Hina-ningyo, the Emperor and the Empress this year with Hishi-mochi on the side.
These are made from eight parts and took quite a long time to create each figure.
I did not want to make their faces too realistic so I only made the eyes and mouths and then …. they became a little bit common looking. (-_-;) Particularly the Emperor looks a bit weird?
I think the Empress looks a little cuter (from this direction) showing her long hair down her back.
Hishimochi is also made with ‘Nerikiri’ sweet this time.
All these sweets are Free from Gluten, Egg, Dairy & Oil.
The Empress, the female version of this sweet, is served at Wasoukan Café (Notting Hill, London) until the end of this month. 🙂