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Hina Matsuri, a Japanese celebration
 

Hina Matsuri, the doll festival
March 3rd is Hina Matsuri, a Japanese celebration observed by families every year for centuries. This holiday is held to celebrate girls and wish that they grow up healthy and happy. Like many holidays in Japan, this includes a feast with special foods and tea.

Hina means "doll," and the center of the celebrations is an elaborate display of dolls that mother and daughter carefully put together in advance. The intricate dolls are arranged in a wedding scene from the old imperial court, featuring the emperor and empress, down to members of the court and entertainers. An elaborate display has up to seven platforms--as you can imagine, putting the display up might take the better part of an afternoon!

 
Take a break: Mugicha
 

Take a break: Mugicha
After putting up the display, mothers and daughters might want to take a break together and admire their efforts. A cup of mugicha, roasted barley tea, is soothing, slightly sweet, and the perfect thing to sip together in this moment.

 
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Tea with sushi: Genmaicha
 

Tea with sushi: Genmaicha
On the day of the doll festival, it's time to celebrate with the whole family. Bright foods like chirashi sushi and arare rice crackers are served for everyone to enjoy. We like to recommend genmaicha to pair with rice-based dishes like sushi. This green tea is unique because it is blended with roasted rice. Its flavor is light, and its aroma is malty and full, so it balances well with the sweetness of sushi rice.

 
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Enough tea for everyone: Glass Carafe
 

Enough tea for everyone: Glass Carafe
Even the most well-prepared will be busy once it gets close to dinner time. To make tea for everyone quickly, serve your genmaicha brewed in a 1 liter carafe, and then set it on the table for everyone to serve themselves.

Carafe brewing instructions
1. Brew a pot of genmaicha with a boiling water and a short brewing time (30 seconds or less).
2. Pour all the tea through a filter into the carafe.
3. Repeat 1 & 2 using the same tea leaves, until the carafe is full

 
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