Monday was Hina Matsuri, Girls' Day in Japan. Many families displayed Hina Ningjo, a traditional doll display, in their homes to bring good luck and happiness for their daughters. The dolls represent the Emperor, Empress, and attendants in traditional court clothing from the Heian period. Displayed starting in February, the display is usually taken down on or soon after March 4th, as leaving the dolls on display long after this date would result in a late marriage, according to superstition.
Many local shops also join in on the celebration. Baskin Robbins celebrates the day with a variety of specialty ice-cream creations such as the one below which mimics the doll display.