Chica Manga HinaMatsuri

Hinamatsuri, the japanese Girls Day

In Japan, every year on the 3rd of March comes a traditional celebration known properly as momo-no-sekku, but more casually referred to as Hina Matsuri or Girls Day.

Is a day to wish for the health and success of girls. It’s observed by families with girls until they reach adulthood. It’s a day for the girls in the family to take center stage.

Families with young daughters mark this day by setting up a display of dolls inside the house. They offer rice crackers and other food to the dolls.

Thanks to our friends from Japan Talk, we bring you a summary of what The Festival of the Dolls means and all traditions related to Hina Matsuri:

Chica-Manga-HinaMatsuri-dolls1. Dolls

The primary observance on Hinamatsuri is laying out a set of dolls. This is generally thought to be good luck for the girls in the family. The dolls are laid out sometime in February before girls day on March 3rd. They are strictly taken down by the 4th at the latest. It’s traditionally believed that leaving the dolls up past the 4th is bad luck that will lead to a late marriage for the girls in the family.

The dolls are in the style of a Heian period imperial court. Doll sets vary greatly in size and price. Some include dozens of dolls that are laid out on a 7 layer platform according to the status of each doll. Other sets only include the Emperor and Empress, the two most important dolls.

In the past, a Hinamatsuri doll set was the most expensive item that a daughter might own until she gets her first kimono. These days many families choose smaller sets for modern apartments.

Historically, hinamatsuri dolls were put on boats in rivers throughout Japan and sent out to sea each year. This is known as Hina Nagashi or “Doll Floating.” It was believed that any potential bad luck and disease could be transferred to the dolls in a special ritual. With time this seemed wasteful and people started keeping the dolls and carefully packing them away each year.

A handful of shrines, such as Awashima Shrine in Wakayama, still offer Doll Floating rituals each year. The dolls are collected after floating them and burned.

Peach blossoms are traditionally used to decorate the house on Hina Matsuri. The blooming of peach trees in Japan often coincides well with the day. If you stay at a good ryokan in early March, you may notice peach blossom decorations.
Chirashizushi is the meal most associated with Hina Matsuri. It’s a dish of colorful ingredients such as vegetables, egg and seafood scattered on top of sushi rice. It’s easy to make, popular with kids and can be made in bright colors that feel festive.

Wagashi is a catch-all term for traditional Japanese desserts. The dessert most associated with Hina Matsuri are diamond shaped, tricolored mochi known asHishimochi. Other wagashi such as sakura mochi may also be served.

Whatever desserts are enjoyed for Hina Matsuri are also placed before the dolls as an offering. Some doll sets include plastic food as an offering.

Tsurushi Bina are decorations on a string that are hung from a ceiling for Hina Matsuri. This tradition started in Shizuoka Prefecture but is increasingly common throughout Japan. The decorations include dolls and other symbols of Hina Matsuri. They are often made of thick Japanese silk and are cute.
Girls are usually presented with gifts of candy on Hina Matsuri. The traditional snack is Arare. Other candies are sold for the day that are usually small and fancy in light colors.
If you’re visiting Japan on Hinamatsuri, there’s not much to do because it’s a family day. Nevertheless, there are a few scattered events on Hinamatsuri at shrines throughout Japan. Perhaps the most interesting is the display of thousands of traditional dolls at Tomisaki Shrine in Chiba.
And if you want to sing and dance for a while, you can do it with Minimoni… Enjoy!

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Chica Manga Says

A few days ago, at ChicaManga we decided to give another design to what we published on Instagram: more fun, and with many stories to tell.

That is why we present a series of the most cute character to tell us in first person how is their life and what is the relationship with ChicaManga. Today we present some of them, with a first part of their history. Surely soon you will find that you can identify with one (or several) of them.

Enjoy the first part of #ChicaMangaSays

 

Chica-Manga-Sakura-Carrot-butterfly-clasp-pinPompom the Rabbit

Pompom the Rabbit loves carrots. If it were for him, he would spend the day (and a good part of the night) eating them. Winter. Summer … in the sun or under the rain. His entire life revolves around carrots, which he considers his best friends. Be like Pompom. Eat them for Breakfast, lunch and dinner, but better if they are Chica Manga carrots!

 

Whiskers the CatChica-Manga-Sakura-polka-dot-heart-butterfly-clasp-pin

 

Whiskers is the most sociable cat you can meet: he loves making new friends every day and showing them they are very special to him. He listens to them, spoil them, adores them. And he always waits for the moment to express his friendship with a Polka Dot Heart pin

 

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Sweety the Cupcake

 

Sweety is a most delicious cupcake. She loves being with her friends, and showing them that she loves them madly. She is always smiling, because she believes that the world is a better place if we are all happy and we can prove it. Would you like your life to be as pink and sweet as Sweety? 

 

Dark PawChica-Manga-green-boom-butterfly-clasp-pin

 

Dark Paw is a panda who loves action movies: explosions, bombs, persecutions. His perfect date is at the cinema, and he loves to comment on the movies while they are showing them. He makes sounds and movements just like the actors, for that reason he often has to leave the room. That’s why Dark Paw carries with he an amulet that defines his style. 

 

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Penguin has recently moved and misses his family. Now he lives in a better place, he is not cold all the time and he has more friends than ever, but his family is very important to him. His mother, his father, his little nieces write letters to him and send him boxes of ice and snow, so he does not miss his home. In any case, Penguin always carries with him the image of his family close to his heart. 

 

 

Nigi

 

Nigi  is a famous sushi chef who has dedicated his life to expand his art. He has traveled the world and has made a lot of friends from all the places you can imagine. If he has time, he send small trasures to his friends. so he can remind them their love. When he has discovered Fruits Basket, he has become fascinated with Tohru: he is his soul mate! 

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Shogatsu: New Year’s Eve in Japan

If you are in Japan today, you may want to know what are the best places to spend the New Year’s Eve with all the Japanese spirit.
Our friends from The Culture Trip bring us all the keys:

The New Year holiday, or Shōgatsu in Japan, is a time for quiet reflection. Many people return to their hometowns to be with family, adhere to tradition, and make preparations for the New Year. As more and more Western-style celebrations pop up, Tokyoites are left with more things to do than they can handle. So whether you feel like making the hatsumode pilgrimage or counting down to midnight, these are the places to be on New Year’s Eve in Tokyo.

Hatsumode at Meiji Jingu-mae

Hatsumode is the first shrine visit of the New Year. It’s often done at midnight on December 31st, but anytime during the first few days of January is also acceptable. Every shrine will have its hatsumode visitors, but any shrine as large and well-known as Meiji Jingu will receive more than its fair share of the crowds and is truly a sight to see. Lineups to make your prayers heard by the gods can last several hours.

Celebrate in Shibuya

Shibuya has one of the most active nightlife scenes in all of Tokyo, so it makes sense that people would come out in droves to soak up the energy and bring in the New Year together. Crowds gather at Shibuya Crossing on New Year’s Eve for the countdown. When it’s all over, the neighborhood has no shortage of bars and clubs to help keep the party going.

Joya no Kane at Zojoji Temple

Tokyo’s Buddhist temples ring their bells an even 108 times at the stroke of midnight on December 31st. In the Buddhist faith, 108 marks the number of desires people have and, thus, the causes of human suffering. Visit Zojoji, or Sensoji, to experience the joya no kaneritual firsthand and have your heart, mind, and soul cleansed for the New Year ahead.

Countdown at Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward has a modest countdown celebration for its own New Year’s greeting. At midnight, the lights change color, the date display changes, and balloons are released into the air.

Hatsuhinode on Mount Takao

Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the New Year. The Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building host viewing parties in their observatories for the event, but the lottery-selected guest list is limited and not easy to get your name on. Another option is to get outside of the city – watch the sunrise from a vantage point on nearby Mount Takao or Mitake.

Hatsuhinode on Mount Takao

Hatsuhinode is the first sunrise of the New Year. The Tokyo Sky Tree and Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building host viewing parties in their observatories for the event, but the lottery-selected guest list is limited and not easy to get your name on. Another option is to get outside of the city – watch the sunrise from a vantage point on nearby Mount Takao or Mitake.

Dance at AgeHa

Welcome the New Year in style at AgeHa, Tokyo’s biggest nightclub. For their ‘Countdown 2018‘ party, they’ll be staying up all night long!

Enjoy and Happy New Year!!!

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Teresa Power

If you’re a manga reader, just like me, you’ll have plenty of reasons why you’re so Otaku. It might be because your love of fiction. Or because of the funny characters .

It may be that, like me, you adore how the mangacas across the world see the world. Or because, no matter how strange the characters or stories can be, they leave always something on the bottom of your heart.

But rarely a history of your favorite manga creates a new story, a real and powerful one.

A few months ago, a friend of Chica Manga saw a ring on my hand. She does not read Manga. She even did not know this word. But the face of Teresa has fascinated her (as many of us …) I told her the story behind the character and she was marveled. By this afternoon, Teresa was shinning from her wrist.

Feeling as powerful as the character, my friend decided to surprise her sister with a matching bracelet: a nice  and powerful tie.

The months kept passing, and other friends of my friend fell into the spell of Teresa. But an especially one received the bracelet as a gift. A friend in need. One who needed a lot of strength to overcome a bad time in her life. And my friend thought no better than a strong warrior to protect her friend. So she gave her, her own Claymore bracelet  because she wanted to show her love and strength.

When I heard this story, I could not resist to share it, because we  all approach to our Manga stories differently. And this is lovely in deep.

Do it: invite a warrior to your life.


Pulsera 20mm Teresa

Claymore Teresa Butterfly tie pin

If you are a Claymore lover and you want to prove it every day, this is your ideal pin!

 

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We love Claymore

portada Claymore WeekClaro que amamos a nuestras guerreras Claymore. Son fuertes, decididas, valientes.

Pero nuestro Manga favorito llega a su fin. Si, como yo, no soportas la idea de dejarlas marchar, puedes optar por llevarlas todo el días contigo.

Para ello, entra en la tienda, elije el tesoro Claymore que más te guste y disfruta de un 10% de descuento con el código CLAYMORE (cómo no)

Enjoy de tus compras Chica Manga!!

Of course we love our Claymore warriors. They are strong, determined, brave.

But our favorite Manga comes to an ends. If, like me, you can not stand the idea of letting them go, you can choose to carry them with you throughout the day.

To do this, enter the store, choose the Claymore treasure that you like and enjoy 10% off with code CLAYMORE (of course)

Enjoy your shopping at Chica Manga !!

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My Map

Mapa Chica Manga

My girls are travelers.

Sometimes going to the same city repeatedly.

Others, they visit one country only once.

But always flying with a smile.

Have you found your city on the Chica Manga´s map?


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Search and find yours!

 

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Pink

Pink

 

Maybe you ever happen: if you have a difficult day, you best use those things that makes you

smile. That is why, sometimes, I decide for some fun accessories to lift your spirits.

Today: Pink! To show everyone that everything is in the eye of the beholder …

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Pink

pinkQuizás te ha pasado alguna vez: si tienes un día complicado, mejor recurre a aquellas cosas que te sacan una sonrisa. Es por esto que, a veces, me decido por unos accesorios divertidos para levantar el ánimo.

Hoy: Pink! Para mostrarle a todo el mundo que todo depende del cristal con que se mire…

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Carolina

Happy customer CarolinaToday I received a special email: Our #HappyCustomer Carolina has take a picture of her Rukia ring on the Salón del Comic in Granada.A special place to share her love to # Bleach.

Thanks Carolina!

 

 

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