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Hinaningyou - Doll's Festival

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Hinaningyou

March 3rd is Hinamatsuri (Doll's Festival) , a day to pray for a young girl's growth and happiness. My late grandparents bought a "Hinaningyou (special dolls for Hinamatsuri)" for my sister and me when we were little. It was always exciting for us to see hinaningyo displayed on Hinamatsuri. Even after we grew up and left home, my mom put them out for Hinamatsuri every year. Several years ago they were given to my niece who was three years old at that time. I am happy that she will enjoy it just like we used to.

Japanese Translation

ひな人形

3月3日はひな祭りです。この日には女の子の成長と幸せをお祝いします。私達が小さかったころ、今は亡き祖父母が私と姉のために、ひな人形を買ってくれました。ひな祭りの時期になると、ひな人形が飾られるのを見るのはいつもとても楽しいことでした。私達が大きくなって家から離れても、母は毎年ひな祭りにはひな人形を飾り続けました。数年前、そのひな人形は、当時3歳だった姪っ子に譲られました。姪っ子も私達のように、ひな人形を楽しんでくれると思うとうれしいです。

Romaji Translation

San-gatsu mikka wa hinamatsuri desu. Kono hi wa onna no ko no seichou to shiawase o oiwaishimasu. Watashitachi ga chiisakatta koro, ima wa naki sofubo ga watashi to ane no tameni, hinaningyou o kattekuremashita. Hinamatsuri no jiki ni naru to, hinaningyou ga kazarareru no o miru nowa itsumo totemo tanoshii koto deshita. Watashitachi ga ookiku natte ie kara hanaretemo, haha wa maitoshi hinamatsuri niwa hinaningyou o kazaritsuzukemashita. Suu-nen mae, sono hinaningyou wa, touji san-sai datta meikko ni yuzuraremashita. Meikko mo watashitachi no youni, hinaningyou o tanoshinde kureru to omou to ureshii desu.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

My late grandparents bought a Hinaningyou for my sister and me.

  • Naki sofubo ga watashi to ane no tameni hinaningyou o katte kuremashita.
  • なきそふぼが わたしと あねのために ひなにんぎょうを かってくれました。
  • 亡き祖父母が私と姉のためにひな人形を買ってくれました。

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