It’s March 3rd on this side of the globe. And in Japan, that means it’s Hinamatsuri or Girls’ Day! Although I’m not Japanese, my bento-making hobby has made me come to appreciate the Japanese culture. And Hinamatsuri is definitely something I can get on board with. An annual festival, it’s a day to celebrate girls and wish for their happiness and good health.
I’m happy to say that I have made several Hinamatsuri-themed bento throughout this week (Bento #1, Bento #2, Bento #3). To cap it off and to commemorate Hinamatsuri Day, I prepared another Hinamatsuri-themed bento; this time featuring a pair of little onigiri Japanese emperor and empress chickens.The onigiri emperor chicken is wrapped in a thin strip of scallion and nori while the onigiri empress chicken is wrapped in cheese and salami. I finished the face details with black sesame seeds for the eyes, ketchup for the cheeks, and corn kernels for the beak. The side dishes include: stir-fried chicken and shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts with carrots and red bell pepper, radishes, and some broccoli with cheese slices. Happy Hinamatsuri and Happy Friday! Sending good thoughts to all the little girls – and boys – around the globe. ❤