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Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

The Hinamatsuri (Girl's Day) celebration was very special this year because it was the first time we threw the event in our new space and it was the first Hinamatsuri for Kayoko's daughter, Mion!

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

This is one of Kayoko and my favorite events of the year because it's a day to take pause and celebrate girls and women's health. But let's be real - we also love it because it's a day to eat snacks and amazake! And snacks and amazake were had.

MaryKate of Sesame Tiny Bakery brought us a Matcha Chiffon Cake.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

My mom's friend Satomi-san brought a traditional Girl's Day sweet, Sakura Mochi (mochi wrapped in cherry blossom leaves).

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Our first customer!

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

And then they kept coming.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Cake for everyone.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020Kayoko, aka #1 Mom, made inarizushi (sushi rice in tofu skin), in the red obon bowl and amazake from Den Sake in West Oakland.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Posing with the hina doll set up.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Close ups of the hina doll set, made by my mom.

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 Mion gets best dressed in her Adidas sushi tracksuit.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Jubilee eating cake.

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

A determined hina!

Umami Mart Hinamatsuri 2020

Kayoko and I thank everyone who came out for Girl's Day. Quite frankly, we are always surprised by how many people come out for this event. It's a reassuring sign that everyone loves to celebrate with girls, women, and sweets!

See you next year!

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  • Thank you for keeping our Japanese traditions alive! Not only are you sake and sochu experts, you are tastemakers in every sense of the word, ❤️🙏🏼

    RHonda HIrata on

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