And I meant to write a post about it. A few students mentioned it, so it was on my mind. Then I got distracted by other things and forgot until this morning. So here it is, at last. Hina Matsuri is the Doll Festival, or Girl's Day and it comes on March 3rd each year. You-- if you're a girl, that is-- put out your dolls in February but you have to remove them promptly after Girl's Day ends or you'll never get married. Horrors!
Here's a lovely fantasy version of Hina Matsuri from Kurosawa Akira's film Yume ("Dreams"):
Do not cut down your peach trees, please.