chirashi sushi, or "scattered sushi": sushi rice--mixed with boiled lotus root, shredded carrot, brown enoki mushroom, and bamboo shoots--topped with shredded egg omelette, salmon roe, salmon, prawns, pickled ginger, and um, some boiled mountain greens. i regret to say that i didn't make this myself, but it was a special bento from my favourite japanese supermarket/deli, tokyo mart. it was offered in honour of hina-matsuri on friday, march 3rd. hina-matsuri means "doll's festival", and it is meant to celebrate young girls' health and happiness.
i don't really know why chirashi is considered typical food for this festival; i would imagine it's because it's fresh, healthy, and colourful. is there more?
the dolls pictured above are not the type of doll, hina ningyo, brought out for the festival. those are considerably more ornate and formal. however, given the spirit of the festival, these kokeshi make a lovely standby, and are no less welcome.