Today is Hinamatsuri (or Girl's Day) here in Japan. This is our third Hinamatsuri since starting our blog (2007)(2008) and today I bought some of the traditional sweets eaten to share with my girls. We tried both "sakura-mochi "(bean paste-filled pink rice cakes with cherry leaves) and "kashiwamochi "( rice cakes wrapped in kashiwa (oak) leaves. Kashiwamochi are traditional Japanese sweets usually eaten on Children's Day on May 5th but they were being sold together with the girls day sweets today. A great thing about Japan is the festivals, celebratory and seasonal foods - there is just so much variety! Happy Girls Day to all the girls out there.