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In this Workshop, Learners will learn about the Japanese holiday of Hinamatsuri, or Girls' Day, and make an origami Japanese doll bookmark.  This paper doll is traditionally given by the older sister to the younger one on Hinamatsuri. This festival serves to wish good health and a happy future to the young girl.

Hinamatsuri takes place each year on March 3. This festival is also known as the Doll’s Day, as each family decorates their home with ornamental dolls placed on a platform covered in traditional red kimono fabric. The paper dolls like the ones we are making are usually given away as a present.  Hinamatsuri is a seasonal festival, as it is a tradition that announces the arrival of spring in Japan.  It is exciting to receive these paper dolls and know that winter is about to end.

This Workshop is recommended for children 8+ Younger Learners may participate with a parent. 

What You'll Need

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Hinamatsuri Japanese Doll Bookmark GLOkit

This GLOkit contains an assortment of origami papers and a ribbon.

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue stick

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Angela NishizawaView Profile

I was born and raised in Colombia, and I moved to Japan over 6 years ago. What I love about both of these cultures is that you are always surrounded by colors, creativity, festivities, and happiness. 

Since I was little I enjoyed making crafts, especially to give as a gift for my family and friends. I loved using stationary, stickers, and colored papers as materials to create with.  When I came to Japan, I naturally became interested in origami.  Origami has been a tradition in Japan since ancient times,  and many of the celebrations have a handcraft that you can make to go along with it.  In my Workshops I am excited to share some of these celebrations with you! 

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Hinamatsuri Japanese Doll Bookmark