Monthly Archives: March 2016

Hinamatsuri Peach Festival

ohinasamaWoshite World has posted three articles about the Hinamatsuri Peach Festival, also known as Girls Day or Dolls Day on March 3.

“It is said that Hinamatsuri originated in the Heian period as a form of play with dolls. In modern times it is a Girls Day festival held on the third day of March. One of the main elements is a display of dolls of Emperor and Empress (Tennnou and Kougou) and their court in Heian period dress. This is the true story behind Hinamatsuri and it reveals why it is also the peach blossom festival. This is the charming tale of childhood friends who became the fourth Amakami. The deep significance to their wedding is that it was the first time that the Amakami were recognized as a couple, and this led to societal changeover to a family-based system.”

The origin of this festival is described in Hotsuma Tsutae, Verse 265ff. It is the love story of the fourth Amakami, Uhitini and Suhitini. You can read the first part of the three-part post here:

Woshite World Blogsite is Now Open!

DSCN2581Bamboo Forest by Okunomichi

On this day, the third day of the third month of 2016, a leap year, a new blog-site is born. For the latest and the correct information about the Woshite language, you are invited to visit Woshite World,

This site explains to the Western reader, in English, the intricacies and the subtleties of Woshite not found elsewhere except in Japanese. It will also shed a lot of light on the mysterious creation myths of old Japan.

As you know, Woshite is the written script and the spoken language of the Hotsuma period. The three documents written in Woshite are the Hotsuma Tsutae, the Futomani, and the Mikasafumi. In the Woshite documents, we will discover the cosmology of the Hotsuma people, together with their physical science and philosophical viewpoints.

Woshite World is produced by Okunomichi under the watchful eye of Woshite researcher Shoko Sakata. Sakata Sensei shares her expertise on the Woshite language gained by years of study with the Japan Woshite Institute.

What this means to Okunomichi readers is that some of our earlier posts may be out of date in view of rapid Woshite research advances. We are endeavoring to rectify any discrepancies. In the meantime, we encourage you to learn from the pros, the researchers of the Japan Woshite Institute at