The Japan Society

Kamishibai: Momoko and Hina (Doll's Festival)

Subject: English / Other Topics
Level: Key Stage 1 / Key Stage 2
Age: 5-7 years / 7-11 years
Resource Type: Presentations / Other

Hina-matsuri is also known as the Doll Festival. It takes place in Japan every March and celebrates the health and happiness of girls. In the run up to the festival, it is common to see public displays of ornamental dolls and families with daughters will also put up displays of dolls at home, many of which have been passed down from older generations. 

In this story, Momoko has just moved from Japan to the UK and is struggling with feelings of homesickness, as well as having to get used to the arrival of her new baby brother! To cheer her up, Momoko’s mum suggests getting out her hina dolls early. Momoko soon discovers that the dolls have a life of their own…

This original story was written by Kazuko Hohki and illustrated by Aya Burbanks. 

Suitable for Year 2 to Year 6. 


The PowerPoint (PPT), with some animated effects and music, is created to look like a live kamishibai show. The story text is in the notes section of each slide and is designed to be shown as a slide show in 'presenter view', where the text is visible on the presenter's screen only while the audience views the main illustrated slide. If you only have one screen (cannot use the 'presenter view'), or simply prefer to read from a piece of paper, but still want to show the kamishibai in PointPoint, the story text can be printed from the PDF version. 

Please note the PPT file is password protected but can be opened and played in 'read only' format.

Momoko and Hina - PPSX (7.6 MB)
PowerPoint Show: opens automatically and only in PowerPoint presentation view. You will need PowerPoint on your device in order to open and view properly.

Momoko and Hina - PPTX (7.6 MB)
PowerPoint Document: Use this file if your computer does not support pps or ppsx format.

The PDF is designed to be used as printed kamishibai cards (up to A3 size), however, it can still be shown on screen as a slide show using only the story image slides for those who are not using PowerPoint. The file comes with instructions on how to read kamishibai.

Momoko and Hina - PDF (40.8 MB)


Additional Resources

Visit the Hina Matsuri page for more teaching resources.


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