Hina Matsuri or Girls Day is celebrated in Japan on March 3rd every year. This is the day that families pray for the happiness and prosperity of their girls to ensure that they grow up healthy and happy. Most families with girls display “hina-ningyo” (special dolls for Hinamatsuri) and dedicate them to peach blossoms. The dolls are usually arranged on a five or seven-tiered stand covered with a red carpet. Special foods, rice sweets and other candies colored in pink, white and green are usually eaten on this day.
I love good sushi and no-one makes better sushi than my mother in law. Here are some of the sushi dishes that she brought over today to celebrate Hina Matsuri.
The platter below is Nigiri sushi. According to Wikipedia, Nigiri sushi consists of an oblong mound of sushi rice that is pressed between the palms of the hands, sometimes with a speck of wasabi and a slice of fish called neta draped over it. In this platter there is tuna, yellowtail, salmon, cooked shrimp and tamago (which is a sweet egg omelette).
The second platter is Chirashizushi (scattered sushi). According to Wikipedia, Chirashizushi is a bowl of sushi rice with other ingredients mixed in (also refers to barazushi). It is commonly eaten in Japan because it is filling, fast and easy to make. Chirashizushi most often varies regionally because it is eaten annually as a part of the Doll Festival, celebrated only during March in Japan. Chirashizushi is sometimes interesting because the ingredients are often chef’s choice.
In this Chirashizushi, my mother in law mixed in all kind of finely chopped vegetables with the rice and then covered the rice with very finely sliced tamago ( sweet egg omelette). She topped it with shrimp and vegetables.
Here are some of the sweet that they brought to celebrate.