Underwritten by the Homer and Martha Gudelsky Family Foundation

Hina Matsuri, Doll’s Festival or Girls’ Festival, is celebrated on March 3rd in Japan. A set of dolls representing the emperor and empress and their court (three ladies-in-waiting and five musicians) is set up in the family home to mark the occasion.

Join us for a fun-filled day of craft activities celebrating the Doll Festival, Hina Matsuri!  Make a doll festival mobile to hang in your room, emperor and empress origami, or a doll display decoration to add some doll festival flair to your room! Come see a traditional Doll Festival display, customarily set out by families with daughters to wish good health and happiness for girls. Get the chance to meet and learn about Miss Gunma, the Japanese Friendship Doll, who turns 91 this year!

DATES  Saturday, March 3, 2018 

TIME  All day (10:00am—5:00pm)

LOCATION  Throughout the museum


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  • Tsurushibina: Mobile Craft– Library (10am-4:30pm) 
    Create a fun hanging mobile featuring symbolic images to represent good health and happiness for children.
  • Origami and Doll Display Craft – Classroom A (10am-3pm)
    Make your own emperor and empress origami, or a Hina Matsuri doll display to decorate your home.
  • Friendship doll bookmarks – Lobby (10am-5pm)
    Color and take home a friend that will hold your place in your book.

Pre-registration is not required. 


  • Get your own Sound Safari fan for cool fun in the gardens. Walk through the gardens and discover the world of Japanese sound effects. Fans are a $1 donation (All proceeds go towards Morikami education programs).

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