> On November 15,this adorable little three year old took part in a Shichi-go-san ceremony……..literally 7,5,3 when parents celebrate their children with prayers for the child’s healthy growth and longevity.
The customs followed today evolved in the Meiji era (1868-1912) and November 15 was chosen for the celebration because it was considered the most auspicious day of the year.
As Shichi-go-san is not a national holiday,many failies choose to celebrate on the weekend prior.
Accompanied by her parents and grandparents, Rinko visited a Shinto shrine dressed in traditional kimono………(.she actually showed me her gorgeous costume when we met her grand-parents in Himeji in late October.)
Most children carry a bag decorated with cranes and turtles which symbolise longevity,and into these are placed chitose-ame (longevity candy sticks.
The candy and bag indicate the parent’s wishes for a long prosperous life for their children.