Good bye summer heat and coming autumn season in Japan. Under blue sky, trees start dressing up with colorful leaves. In such a beautiful season, 753(shichi go san) is held in shrine. 753 is the traditional children ceremony to celebrate for good health on 7, 5, and 3 years old on Nov-15 normally (but any day can choose upon your schedule.) Nowadays boys celebrate on 5years old and girls on 3, 7 years old with wearing Japan traditional costume, Kimono.
5years old: Celebration for the first time to put on Hakama -Men’s Kimono trouser.
7years old: Celebration for the first time to tie Obi like adult.
Each ages is different meaning, but basic purpose is the same ” Celebrate for growing up well without any trouble” . Generally, we go to shrine to pray and take family picture on 753. Children will get special candy called Chitose ame which is long and thin candy with Japanese lucky color in red and white. This candy represents parent’s wish for children to be long life.
Until being mother, I never realize such hard work to take care of a baby. Each time we face different problems and repeat the same thing over and over again with patient. Then a baby is growing up day by day as a kid and 3 years after birth will be the time for the next stage in life. Children in Japan go to kindergarden from age 3 and make their own society away from parents. My daughter will be 3 years old next year. I am looking forward to dress her the same kimono as I wore and celebrate her debut to society at 753 ceremony!!
Tradition and Trend in Japan
30 Nov 2011