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Shichi-go-san

Karyn Planett

Or, 7-5-3, in English.  This is an annual Japanese festival that occurs officially November 15th every year.  On this day (or on the closest weekend), 3-year-old boys and girls, 5-year-old boys, and 7-year-old girls are taken to local Shinto shrines in traditional dress where they pray to the Shinto god of good health Ujigami.  The little girls wear kimonos.  The boys don hoary and hakama, many for the first time.  Today, though, some sport western dress instead.  The 7-year-old girls wear obi sashes for the first time rather than a plain cord.  And to reward her efforts, Asako receives special sweets making her day even more exciting.