On 3rd of March is Doll festival or Girl's day in Japan. It is a custom to display dolls and people used to believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. This day traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi or "doll floating", in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. People have stopped doing this now because of fishermen catching the dolls in their nets. They now send them out to sea, and when the spectators are gone they take the boats out of the water and bring them back to the temple and burn them. Families generally start to display the dolls in February and take them down immediately after the festival. Superstition says that leaving the dolls past March 4 will result in a late marriage for the daughter.
This morning there was a parents morning in Margret's kindergarten. Everyone's parents came and we did some craft together. Since Girl's day is soon we made cute versions of these display dolls. Here is a picture of our's, notice the boy is ginger ;)
It is always so much fun to go to Margret's kindergarten an see how things are done here :)
After the craft section all the parents gathered in the auditorium to have a chat and get information about the changes when the kids go up a class in April. Then we all talked together about problems we are having with the kids and got advise from the teachers. It was a fun morning :)
While we were in the kindergarten Siffi and his teammates got on the team bus and drove for many many hours to Fukui because they have a game there tomorrow. I think they will return tomorrow night which means we will have Sunday together. That will be so much fun :)