Just wanted to post a few pictures from our Girls’ Day celebration at home. This is another doll set that Little Guy made in his Japanese preschool:
Here is the sakura-mochi we had. Lately, it’s been harder to find it around here, even at Asian-food markets, so we were happy to find this one. It was delicious as usual. I enjoy sakura-mochi once a year, but like the Thanksgiving turkey, or Christmas treats, it’s worth the wait.
My wife also made a nice clam soup. I can’t recall what kind of clams these are, but usually we get Manilla clams. The small colored balls are fu, which are dried wheat balls (naturally colored) that expand in water. The soup itself is made from shira-dashi, which is like a clarified fish broth (dashi).
Finally the piece-de-resistance: a large plate of chirashi. Chirashi is basically sushi rice garnished with sashimi and such. This is mostly maguro tuna, egg, shrimp, and some boiled spinach on the side. The rice itself is mixed with shiitake mushrooms and such.
We played lots of karuta games with my daughter. The particular game we played was a karuta game based on famous Japanese yojijukugo phrases. Since neither my daughter nor I am that familiar with them, my wife read the cards for us, while we found the right cards to match. My daughter won most games, though not without some serious competition. 😉
All in all, it was a great Girls’ Day and looking forward to Easter and Children’s Day next.