Little Kimono Girl ~ Festival Japan

Posing for photos for her family for her special day.

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From the Shichigosan festival. Shichigosan is a coming-of-age festival when kids 3,5, and 7 dress up in kimono and head to shrine to celebrate, hence shichigosan which literally means 7-5-3. Girls 3 and 7 go, and boys 3 and 5.

Why these ages? Traditionally age 3 was when kids were allowed to grow out their hair (prior to this it was shaven), boys at age 5 were allowed you wear hakama (a traditional bottom worn over a kimono; think of aikido and you have the image), and age 7 was when girls were allowed to use an obi to tie their kimono rather than simple strings. So as you can see, all three of these ages had some significance.

But of course none of these things really matter these days and it is just an excuse to have a fun holiday. (And rent very expensive clothes to dress your kids in.)


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    This post has received a 100.00% upvote from @fambalam! Join thealliance community to get whitelisted for delegation to this community service.

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    I often forget this kind of deep peaceful traditional meaning when I have a busy mind. My mind became very narrow. However, when I see or hear beautiful Japanese traditional things, my mind quickly opens! Also, I see the 'Ougonhi" through your photo!

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    Japan does have so many nice and peaceful traditions. I love learning about them and experiencing them.

    Glad you could see ougonhi here!

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