Shichigosan At Meiji Jingu

On a Sunday closest to November 15, considered the most auspicious day in the Japanese calender, families descend on Shinto shrines across Japan, to celebrate a rite of passage called Shichi-go-san.

The name literally translates to ‘Seven-Five-Three’, indicating a medieval tradition among aristocratic/Samurai families that stipulated that boys and girl stopped getting their hair shaved when they turned three, that boys aged five put on Hakama for the first time in public, and  that girls aged seven began using obi sash to tie their kimono, instead of cords.

Today it is more a joyous celebration and thanksgiving for the gift of children, and a time to offer prayers for their health, longevity and success in life. What serendipity to have visited the Meiji Jingu shrine on such an auspicious and festive day!

You might remember the wedding ceremonies I featured earlier, as well as the joyous father with his newborn from a couple of weeks ago. Here are more happy families in all their traditional finery:

Thank you for visiting, and have a great weekend.

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

89 thoughts on “Shichigosan At Meiji Jingu

  1. HAPPY 2014 Madhu! WOW! YOur new website looks amazing! What a fantastic post! I have seen these ceremonies in person and you’ve captured the essence of the celebrations beautifully! Cheers to another wonderful year of exciting travels to you!!!

  2. Great post Madhu. Knew nothing about Shichi-go-san. Thanks for sharing the information and the lovely photographs!

    I love the new magazine-like look of The Urge to Wander! Beautiful theme.

    1. Many thanks Uday. You don’t think the new look is too busy? Hard to decide which photo will work best for the background. Trial and error is too time consuming 🙂

  3. Madhu, wonderful post – such a beautiful and respectful photos – and the little boy that is showing of his beautiful kimono for you. The little boy in his hat and short pants he steals the show for me. What a fantastic event – you where able to share with us. Thank you so much. Love your new look … *smile

    1. Thank you for your always generous support Viveka. much appreciated, really. Hope all your aches and pains are behaving 🙂

  4. It’s interesting to note the ages at which various cultures place their milestones. Obviously three, five and seven are “growing up times” in traditional Japanese culture. I’ve experienced ages three and five and they seem to be wisely chosen from a developmental point of view – and I’ve been told great things about seven!

    It would be great to have a ceremony to help the children appreciate their maturity and signal expectations more firmly.

    1. My daughter claims she wishes she could turn back the clock at every milestone! I tell her it is just hindsight. Just back from an extended weekend with them, that started out by my thinking how much I miss having young children at home, and ended with huge relief that I don’t 😀

  5. konnichiwa, Madhu-san! 🙂 I’ve been to Japan 4 times and I deeply miss this country… my very best and sayonara! Merani-san 🙂

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