Hinamatsuri or Girls Day is celebrated in Japan every 3rd day of March. To commemorate this occasion, I decided to make these onigiri in the shape of the Emperor and Empress.

As a backgrounder, this is the day when people pray for the happiness and health of their girls. They also put up a display of dolls in tiers wearing costumes during the imperial times. With the top most reserved for the emperor and the empress. The remaining tiers would hold the ladies in waiting, court musicians, ministers and guards.

Onigiri “Empress”

Onigiri “Emperor”

The Imperial Couple