GARDENA — Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, is celebrated in Japan on March 3. This year, however, the Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute will hold its Girls’ Day celebration on Saturday, March 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the upstairs GVJCI classrooms.

For only $5 girls will receive furoshiki (knapsacks) and kanzashi (hair barrettes) that they can decorate and style themselves. This event is ideal for girls in elementary and middle schools.

In addition to these awesome crafts, there will be a full doll display and kimono for girls to try on (and a professional kimono dresser on hand). Kimono and other traditional Japanese garments and accessories will be available for purchase.

Each girl will also be able to munch on some delicious hina arare (sweet rice puffs) and Pejoy chocolate (generously donated by Ezaki Glico USA Corporation).

To register, go online to (quick and easy online payment is available), call (310) 324-6611 and email

Space is filling up. Make sure you register soon to not only learn about Hinamatsuri, but to also enjoy and celebrate the girls in your lives.

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