Season to Meet Kids in Kimono
Nov 04 2015
Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage in Japan cerebrated for children. Many Japanese have fond memories of the ceremony in their childhood - dressed up in beautiful kimono and received a bag of chitose ame (thousand-year/ longevity candy).
Shichi-Go-San means "seven, five, three" in Japanese. In earlier times when child death rates were higher, people started celebrating their children's growth and prayed for their safety. Today, most parents take their three- and seven-year old girls and five-year old boys to shrines for the ceremony.
Children dressed up in kimono receive oharai (ritual purification) for continued health and safety as their parents express their gratitude to tutelary kami (Shinto god).
Many families take this opportunity to take commemorative pictures and/ or have a ceremonial dinner.
If you are visiting Tokyo around this time of the year, do visit major shrines like Meiji Jingu and Kanda Myojin. You should be able to meet children dressed up in kimono like little princesses or feudal lords from the Edo period.
It is actually a precious opportunity to witness Japanese children wearing kimono today as most of us rarely wear them in everyday life.
Why not ask a family celebrating Shichi-Go-San to take a photo of their little one?
It will be a great opportunity to get a glimpse of Japanese traditional culture.
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