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Celebrating Hina Matsuri

Language learning can come alive when cultural lessons bring home how vocabulary is used in context and connection. This week students in Primary Japanese Language Acquisition classes learned about the Hina Matsuri - or Girls’ Day - celebration that happens on March 3rd every year. They learned about the tradition of displaying Hina-ningyo - traditional dolls used for the occasion - and tried their hands at creating their own with origami paper. And with most celebrations in Japan, they also learned about the types of food that are prepared and eaten in celebration! But why just girls? Certainly, they also learned that Children’s Day in Japan is also traditionally known as Boys’ Day and it is also certain that the traditions around that holiday will also be experienced come May!