Spring vocabulary in Japanese

春 [はる] - spring
三月 [さんがつ] - March
四月 [しがつ] - April
五月 [ごがつ] - May
花見 [はなみ] - cherry blossom viewing
エイプリルフール - picnic
ひな祭り [ひなまつり] - Hinamatsuri, Girls’ Festival, Dolls’ Festival
ホワイトデー - White Day
春分の日 [しゅんぶんのひ] - Vernal Equinox Day
イースター - Easter
エイプリルフール - April Fools’ Day
ゴールデンウィーク - Golden Week
昭和の日 [しょうわのひ] - Showa Day
憲法記念日 [けんぽうきねんび] - Constitution Memorial Day Holiday
緑の日 [みどりのひ] - Greenery Day
子供の日 [こどものひ] - Children’s Day
母の日 [ははのひ] - Mother’s Day
日 [ひ] - sun; day
晴れ [はれ] - clear weather, fine weather
暖かい [あたたかい] - warm
風 [かぜ] - wind
涼しい [すずしい] - cool
霧 [きり] - fog
雨 [あめ] - rain
雪 [ゆき] - snow
氷 [こおり] - ice
溶ける [とける] - to melt
水たまり [みずたまり] - puddle
流れ [ながれ] - stream
洪水 [こうずい] - flood
木 [き] - tree
葉(っぱ) [は(っぱ)] - leaf
草 [くさ] - grass
花 [はな] - flower
桜 [さくら] - cherry blossom
種子 [しゅし] - seed
芽 [め] - sprout, shoot, bud
芽を出す [めをだす] - to sprout; to put forth buds
蕾 [つぼみ] - bud
球根 [きゅうこん] - bulb
咲く [さく] - to bloom
花粉 [かふん] - pollen
アレルギー - allergy
動物 [どうぶつ] - animal 
生まれる [うまれる] - to be born
孵る [かえる] - to hatch
鳥 [とり] - bird
巣 [す] - nest
卵 [たまご] - egg
昆虫 [こんちゅう] - insect
虫 [むし] - bug
蝶々 [ちょうちょう] - butterfly
蠅 [はえ] - fly
蛙 [かえる] - frog
蜥蜴 [とかげ] - lizard
蚯蚓 [みみず] - worm

Celebrating Girl’s Day, Then and Now

Contributed by Debbi Michiko Florence, Author

For generations, March 3 has been a special day in Japan, when families pray for good health and happiness for their daughters. It’s called Girl’s Day or Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival). The dolls, handed down from mother to eldest daughter, represent the imperial court and are thought to bring good luck.

As a child, born and raised in California, Girl’s Day meant special time with my mom and little sister. Following tradition, our mother would set up the ceramic dolls dressed in silk with miniature accessories on a platform. We’d eat mochi (sweet rice cakes) and take pictures with the doll display. Sometimes Mom would dress us in kimonos. When I grew older, we expanded the tradition: I invited my girlfriends from elementary school to celebrate with us. We ate cake and played games, much like a birthday party. When I got married, Mom gave me her dolls.

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March 3rd is Hina Matsuri, Doll Festival in Japan. It is our tradition with a long history and we pray for the happiness and healthy growth of girls displaying special dolls called “Ohinasama” and representing the Emperor and Empress, plus court officials, royal attendants and warriors in Heian period (A.D. 794-1185). Also I celebrated it for my daughter preparing something special contained in Jubako (tiered food boxes). Therefore it can be said to be the bento boxes for the special day.

It’s almost march again and that means Mogeko March is almost here! Ah yes, a brand new calendar with that brand new calendar smell and the monthly challenge. We hope you enjoy this year’s Mogeko March and if you have any questions regarding the challenge please ask! The banner/header for the calendar is done by @stellar-art​ (the same person who did it last year!) 

(This year’s banner is inspired by Japan’s Hinamatsuri (Doll’s festival)/Girls day which falls on March 3rd. Girls Day celebrates the happiness and good health of growing girls and is marked by setting up dolls in the fashion of the Japanese imperial court of the Heian period (794-1192). The dolls traditionally began as a way to ward off evil spirits and are still believed to take peoples place in carrying away sickness and bad fortune. )

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新幼年(New Childhood) Hinamatsuri Edition March 1920

Today is Hinamatsuri! (03rd March) or the Dolls festival. Traditionally a miniature Heian court with the Emperor, Emperess and courtiers are represented by intricate dolls and displayed on a red carpeted unit. Normally the display is put up during February and then on 3rd March usually there is a special meal involving shirozake, a sake made from fermented rice, a colored hina-arare, bite-sized crackers flavored with sugar or soy sauce and hishimochi, a diamond-shaped colored rice cake.

Chirashizushi (sushi rice flavored with sugar, vinegar, topped with raw fish and a variety of ingredients) is often eaten. A salt-based soup called ushiojiru containing clams still in the shell is also served.

All but the last two photos are illustrations from New Childhood about a Hinamatsuri adventure and were found here

The last two are just for your reference. One, a traditional hinamatsuri display and the other a guide to the doll types and placement. 

Best get them put away quickly though, it’s said to be bad luck in love if the dolls are left out after the 4th March.

Midori’s dream - Working on an illustration for Hinamatsuri.

Hinamatsuri is a Doll festival celebrated each year in Japan, on March 3rd. This is a day to pray for young girls’ growth and happiness. Families set up a special step-altar on which to arrange their Emperor and Empress dolls, called “hina ningyô” in Japanese. It is said that the dolls have the power to contain bad spirits.

Third month, 1901.  “A print from a series by Migita Toshihide (1863-1925) that, after being issued as a series in 1901 were issued as a woodblock printed advertising calendar, for the Kawamata Silk Refining Company of Yokohama, in 1909.  A young woman stands beside a display of dolls behind her that have been placed out for the Doll Festival (Hinamatsuri), held on the third day of the third month..

Text and image via Gina Collia-Suzuki. 


Hinamatsusan figure (2017 February)

the sextuplet disguise themselves as hinaningyou(hina dolls, a set of dolls of girl’s festival in Japan).
the dolls depict the imperial court.
the Emperor, the Empress, three court ladies, five court musicians, the minister of the left, the minister of the right, and three servants.

usually, a set of five court musicians dolls are on the third platform.
Osomatsusan hina dolls are drunken six court musicians.

hinamatsuri(girl’s festival) is celebrated each year on March 3.


Today is Hina Matsuri (also called Girl’s Day) in Japan! For more info on this occasion, here’s the Wiki page for it!


Special lines are available just for this day! Here are the translations. Translation captions will be available below and on the screencaps!

First Years

Rin - When you go down the doll platforms, there’s stuff like a tiny cabinet on the lower ones! It’s so cute♪

Hanayo - The Hishimochi that are decorated with the dolls are so Spring-like and beautiful. They also look delicious…

Maki - I think I may only like the Emperor and Empress dolls. It’s more than enough if you only have those two, don’t you think?

Second Years

Honoka - The emperor is decisive and majestic, so I think Umi and Eli might fit the role for emperor~!

Kotori - Be sure to treat your dolls with care! ’Put away the dolls only on days with good weather!’ as they say.

Umi - Me being the emperor? Yes, I do not mind. I will be sure to keep a firm guard up and protect the empress!

Third Years

Eli - Huh? You think the emperor’s garments might suit me? …Hehe, that might not be a bad idea♪

Nico - Once Hina Matsuri is over, be sure to put your dolls away as soon as you can! If you don’t… then things might turn bad. (There’s a superstition that if a girl doesn’t put away the dolls once Hina Matsuri is over, she won’t be able to get married.)

Nozomi - If Eli is the emperor, then I’m the empress…? No. Hmm… maybe one of the three court ladies?

Doll made of  wood, gofun, silk, natural hair, crystal .   17th century, Kyoto, Japan.  This puppet, called “Odairi Sama,” represents a prince and is used in the puppet festival called “Hinamatsuri."  

National Museum of Anthropology , Japan

From as far back as the Edo period, a festival called Hinamatsuri (Hina means puppet and Matsuri means festival) has been celebrated in Japan, in which families lay out puppets and dolls on domestic altars for the purpose of praying for the health and growth of the girls. This festival is celebrated every March 3rd. The dolls are stored away from one year to the next, even though at the beginning they were made of paper and thrown into the river, so that the girls’ imperfections were carried away by the water current. Traditionally, the two main puppets would represent the emperor and empress, and offerings were made during the festivities. The oldest ones were made of wood covered with a substance made of oyster dust called “gofun”, filled with straw and dressed with rich garments of silk. They could also have different accessories on the hands, made with natural hair. At present, the puppets have been reduced in size because of the decrease in the birthrate and the limited size of Japanese housing.

La poupée

We’ve been asked to make 2 illustrations for an art¨gallery in Niigata (the town where we lived in Japan). The theme was “Hina Ningyô”, the dolls used during the japanese doll’s festival called Hinamatsuri. Our 2 illustrations will be exhibited from February 24 to March 21 in Craole gallery ( ギャラリー蔵織) . Olivier drew this one which will be used for the poster of the exhibition.