Friendship extends beyond the walls of Lake Shore Middle School.



Japanese Festivals for Children


March 3
Japanese Doll Festival
Hinamatsuri or Hina Matsuri (Girls’ Day) is held on March 3 - the third day of the third month. March 3 is the 62nd day of the year (63rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.


May 5
Japanese Kite Festival
Tango no Sekku (Boys’ Day) or Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day) is held on May 5 - the fifth day of the fifth month. May 5 is the 125th day of the year (126th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar.



Japanese Friendship Dolls


The links on this page organize the numerous stories of Japanese friendship dolls.

Part 1: 1920s
American Blue-eyed Dolls and Japanese Friendship Dolls
Dr. Sidney Gulick

Part 2: 1990s
The Friendship Doll Program - The Japanese Cultural Center
Michiko Takaoka

Part 3: 2006-7
The Adventures of Miss Kasumi Tsukuba
Al Muchka

Part 4: 2007-present
Lake Shore Middle School's Japanese Ambassador Doll
Mike Dietz