Thursday, November 15, 2012

七五三 Shichi-go-san

七五三 literally means 7-5-3 and it refers to ages. On 15th November every year, girls aged 3 or 7 and boys aged 5, celebrate their age. Normally, the celebration is actually held in the weekends around 15th Nov. The celebration consists of a visit to the local shrine and then, a family lunch or dinner. Of course, kids wear beautiful traditional clothes and female relatives usually wear kimono.

Last Sunday, we joined our niece's celebration. She is now 3 years old. In the morning, grandparents and kids took photos in a studio near their home and then, we all went together to our shrine, Nezu Jinja.

In Nezu Jinja, we went inside and listened to the priest singing and blessing all the kids one by one.

Finally, we all went together to a nice kushikatsu restaurant near Nezu station.

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