This dish is a rice cake piled with 3 color rice cake (pink, white and green). Green color means health, long life and ground, and the green rice cake is made from Japanese mugwort, which encourages to increase of your blood. Then, the color of white means cleanness and snow and made by water caltrop, which helps to bring down the blood pressure. Lastly, pink color means talisman and peach blossom and made from gardenia, which is effective to detoxification.
The white Japanese sake is the sweetest sake mixed together from steamed rice with koji and makes it ferment for a month. Shirozake was created from 1600 to 1650. Due to its sweetness and low alcohol content, it became tied to Hinamatsuri even though women did not necessarily drink sake in the old days.
The white of the shirozake also complements the red (pink) of the peach blossoms and the Hinadan to the traditional colors of celebration in Japan that signify happiness and good fortune.
Sakura mochi is a glutinous rice dish that is often enjoyed during Hinamatsuri. This slightly sweetened, pink mochi is filled with sweet red beans (koshian) and wrapped in a salted sakura (young cherry blossom) leaf.
Chichi Dango mochi
These pillowy soft bites of mochi are made of glutinous rice flour and coconut milk. These pink, soft mochi are an absolute favorite among children.
A common snack during Hina Matsuri is Hinaarare. These puffed rice crackers are colored in springtime hues of pink, green, yellow and white.
A deliciously sweet and chewy festival favorite with this easy three colored dango dumplings recipe. Cute and colorful, these sweet dumplings consist of sweetened rice flour and water made into a paste and molded into bite-size balls. This traditional Japanese dessert is the perfect finishing touch to a Japanese-inspired afternoon tea.
A traditional soup that is often enjoyed on Hinamatsuri is clam soup. This clear style soup is known as sumashijiru and is simply seasoned from the broth of the clams. Actually, the shell of clam doesn’t match the other shell of clam unless it is the pair of it, which describes ‘closed married couple’. Therefore, it is wished that you will stay with your one and only for your entire life.
Chirashizushi, known as sushi, is served on plates or in bowls with colorful toppings. A full of sweetened and vinegared sushi rice is topped with ingredients in the Hinamatsuri color palette of green, white, pink and yellow, and might feature things like crab meat, omelette strips and raw fish.