In Japan, we can see fall leaves turning beautiful red and yellow in this season every year. A lot of festivals are also observed. Shichi-go-san is one of them.
November 15th is the day for shichi-go-san. Shichi(7)-go(5)-san(3) literally means seven, five and three. When children reach these ages, they usually dress up in a kimono or a hakama and go to a Shinto shrine in the neighborhood to celebrate their healthy growth. They also take commemorative photos at a photo studio.
As I was writing this article, it made me think about my own shichi-go-san. I got quite excited when I put on makeup and a kimono for the first time. I felt like a princess!
Now, I have a 3-year-old son. We’re not able to celebrate shichi-go-san for him in Japan. When we visit Japan the next time, we’d like to celebrate his shichi-go-san. We’d be happy if he also feels like a prince!