Have you ever heard of "Hina-Matsuri" (Doll's Festival / Girl's Festival) ?
Families with girls celebrate March 3rd to wish thier health, growth, and happiness.
They display "hinadolls" which wear Heian Period (8c-12c) clothing,
representing the emperor, empress, their servants, miniature furniture and so on.
When I was born, my parents bought me a set of hinadolls and still I have kept them at home with me !
On that day they enjoy special food - "shirozake"(sweet white sake), "hina-arare"(rice crackers) and "hishimochi"(rice cake).
- see my blog in "Food"category ! (^_-)
In this season you can get hina-arare at covenience stores or supermarkets easily.
But hishimochi and shirozake are not as popular as hima-arare.
I sometimes go to a few supermarkets looking for shirozake.
Or I make "amazake"(sweet sake) by myself instead of shirozake.
Amazake is quite popular.
Even vending machines sell this !
Try some ! Usually they are non alcohol.
If you are interested in hinadolls, please see my tour "Megrogajoen". I'm waiting for you ! (^o^)