1: Word of the Month – “Kashite, Douzo” (“Can I borrow it? Here you go”)
2: March Events
3: March Goals
4: How the Hina Doll Crafts Are Made at Each Class
5: Thank you, Sakura Class
6: The story about Ohina sama (Hina Dolls)
7: March Songs
8: Dear Moms
Word of the Month – “Kashite, Douzo” (“Can I borrow it? Here you go”)
Have you seen the cherry blossom tree to the left of the gate? Light pink flowers have been growing, and have started to bloom. Also there are jasmine flowers growing on the gate, they produce a fragrant scent every year around this time. In the grass field, dandelions have started popping up. We hope everyone has gotten a chance to go and discover spring around them.
3/2 (Wed), 3/3 (Thur)
Renge, Kiku, Momo Classes: Hina Matsuri Open House (Invitation/Information sent)
3/16 (Wed), 3/17 (Thur), 3/18 (Fri)
March Birthday Paries and Offering
Japanese School Presentation: 10:00am - 11:30am
3/21 (Mon) - 4/2 (Sat)
The 3rd Semester begins
Hiyoko no Kai resumes
Japanese School: The 3rd semester begins
- To display your hand-made hina-ningyo. Enjoy the event through songs and listening to stories.
- To enjoy spring by looking at a real hina-ningyo, spring grass, and observing living things in the ground
- Foster a love of small animals through interactions with the fish, turtles, and rabbits.
- To enjoy the outdoors by completing jump-rope charts (kiku class) and ganbari charts (sakura class)
- After finishing the daikon harvest, develop a sense of appreciation for the garden which grew our vegetables.
- Get interested in the growth of the snap peas.
How the Hina Doll Crafts Are Made at Each Class
Decorate Kimono on the body of Yakult container and complete.
Fold a construction paper in half and make the body round.
Make the body with the construction paper. Fold the hem of the Kimono and paste onto a felt.
Wrap the yogurt cup with Washi paper. For a male doll, wrap it straight and for a female doll, open the hem and make it look like Kimono.
Make a body with the yogurt cup. Put a face on a toothpick and stick it into the yogurt cup.
Use Mizuhiki (decoration made with strings)
Their crafts are displayed at the Huntington Library's Japanese Garden
Made dolls with Origami paper
Seashell Hina Dolls, String Mummy Hina Dolls, Pine Cone Hina Dolls, Guru Guru Hina Dolls, etc. By using different materials on the bodies, you can create various types of Hina Dolls.
Thank you, Sakura Class
On Sunday, February 28th, the Sakura class gathered at the Huntington Library for the Annual Girls' Day celebration. They introduced traditional Japanese games passed down from generations, as well as performing as living hina dolls. The beautiful hina costumes were made by various mothers from classes before. They performed at the old tea room within the Japanese garden, and had to be very careful not to tear a hole in the paper door and walls. It was a good opportunity to introduce proper etiquette to the children. A special thank you to all the guardians that helped out during the weekend event.
The story about Ohina sama (Hina Dolls)
Have you seen the hina doll set that is staged on sevel levels in the piano room? Long ago, the preschool did not have a proper hina doll set, and we made do with handmade dolls crafted by the preschool children. About five to six years ago, one of the mothers of a former student, who sadly passed away, donated their hina doll set to our school. We emphasize to the children that the doll set has a deep history, and to be careful around them. We display this hina doll set every year around this time for all to enjoy. If you have not seen it already, we encourage you to take a look.
Kawaii Kakurennbo (Cute Hide and Seek)
Shaberu de hoi (Dig with a shovel)
Inu no omawari san (Puppy Police)
Medaka no gakkou (School of fish)
Te no hira wo taiyo ni (Put the hand up towards the sun)
Ureshii Hina Matsuri (Happy Girls' Day Festival)
It seems that many people are catching colds. To avoid getting sick, please be sure to gargle and wash your hands thoroughly while singing the "Hand Washing Song". Please sing the "Hand Washing Song" at home.