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Japan Cultural Development is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers who help promote friendship between local and Japanese communities through the demonstration of Japanese culture in Detroit, Michigan.

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Big Success! Hinamatsuri 2023 : A cultural event that connects people

On March 5th, the Hinamatsuri held at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the first time in three years ended as a great success.

The event, featured ” Hinamatsuri Returns to the DIA”, attracted 3,369 visitors, the highest ever for a one-day Hinamatsuri event.

The six venues of the Detroit Institute of Arts were used for a variety of performances and hands-on workshop programs, as well as the exhibition and sale of works by a Japanese female artist living in Michigan, which was the first of its kind in this event.

It’s been three years since we couldn’t do this kind of cultural activity due to the COVID-19, but this year’s Hinamatsuri not only brought it back at once, but also made it a great success because we were able to connect many people through Japanese cultures.

I thank from my heart for all the performers who worked hard to plan, prepare, and perform the programs up to the day of the event, all the people who willingly accepted the volunteer activities, and all the staff of the DIA who worked together to implement this program.

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Past Events 2017-2020 in DIA by JCD

Hinamatsuri 2020 “Spring starts here”

welcoming the Princess




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[Past Events 2017-2019 in DIA by JCD (Planned and Implemented)]

• Hina-Matsuri 2020 in March 2020
• Hina-Matsuri 2019 in March 2019
• Symposium of “Interconnections Through Arts and Culture:
American Museums and US-Japan Relationships” welcoming Her Imperial Princess Akiko of Mikasa of Japan as a special lecturer in June 2018. Curation event with Historical Friendship Doll between the US and Japan.
• Hina-Matsuri 2018 in March 2018
• Japan Cultural Days featured Japan Gallery Opening in November 2017
• Hina-Matsuri 2017 in March 2017


JCD organized the Japan Cultural Days Event to celebrate DIA’s newly installed permanent Japan Gallery. The event was held for two days where more than 50 traditional and contemporary cultural masters in dances, art crafts, and martial arts performed and exhibited their work. There was special transportation arranged so that people in the suburbs could attend. The DIA received over 7,000 visitors for this event.

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