November 15th is “Shichigosan” - an ancient Japanese tradition – a day of prayer for the healthy growth of young children.
At three years of age, a ritual called Kami-oki was performed where 3 year-old children whose hair had been shaved, started growing their hair.
At five years of age, there was a ritual called Hakamagi (Chanko), in which 5 year-old boys wore hakama-clothes with an obi-belt as opposed to a string attached to the child’s clothes.
At seven years of age, there was a ritual called Obioki when 7 year-old girls start wearing an obi-belt.
“SHICHIGOSAN” is celebrated on the 15th of November every year in most regions of Japan.
By Edo-era (1603-1868), most people practiced “Shichigosan”.It is believed that November the 15th was chosen for this celebration because it was considered the most auspicious day of the year, according to the traditional Japanese calendar. There are various theories on why it falls on November the 15th – some say that adding 3, 5 and 7 makes 15, some say it is because the famous Edo era Shogun Tokugawa’s son was born on November the 15th.
Whatever the theory and whatever the era, through “Shichigosan” rituals, parents offered gratitude for their children’s healthy growth, safety and prayed for their future happiness.
Following the visits to the local shrine, parents generally buy “Chitose-ame” (Chitose = thousand years) – Longevity candy. Long candies in bags which are decorated with turtles and cranes are given to the children. The turtles and cranes symbolise longevity. Chitose-ame is the parents wish that their children live long and happy lives.
Why don’t you take the opportunity to dress up your child in a Kimono, not only for the 3/5/7 children’s festival, but for parties and special occasions.
Prices vary depending on the Kimono of your choice.
We carry out photo sessions during the 3/5/7 children’s festival season
(between Oct-Nov every year).
Prices are valid only during the festival season.