Japan – Crossing Milestones

A literal as well as symbolic crossing of the threshold in the Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo.

This little girl, in her traditional finery, is all set to mark a milestone at the Shichi-go-san, a coming of age ritual celebrated annually at Shinto shrines across Japan. More about it here.Crossing a threshold in Meiji Jingu, Japan

Thank you for visiting………..have a great weekend.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on instagram.com/theurgetowander

58 thoughts on “Japan – Crossing Milestones

  1. Your photograph nails it for the challenge, Madhu. The rest of us can just wait for next weeks challenge and enjoy your excellent entry! No one can top it I’m certain.

    1. Pure serendipity David! I was actually trying to get a shot of the door without people in the frame, when this family walked past 🙂

  2. I love your new look, Calcutta background, Madhu. And as always, your picture walks in step with the pretty girl… 🙂
    How have you been?

    Keep flying around. Keep smiling.

  3. Great – it can’t get much better than this! Excellent choice for the challenge, Madhu. I feeld deeply moved, watching this young girl. Wonderful capture of a special moment.

  4. Many cultures have their “rite of passage” ceremonies, huh? For some with questionable values, we’re glad they are no longer relevant. For those that have continued and have gone on to be more relevant, we celebrate! There are many historical significance a to them. Very interesting. Thank you for highlighting this one.

    1. I agree. Many regressive ones in India have lost their relevance thankfully, although instances of practice in remote areas do surface occasionally. This one seemed like a delightful tradition though. Appreciate your thought provoking comment Mary-ann.

  5. wonderful photograph of their serious faces, appropriate for the ritual, and her colourful kimono makes a startling contrast with the setting and the other’s clothing … deeply appropriate for the theme, a thought provoking shot 🙂

  6. I have a book on Shinto sent to me by one of my business associates in Japan before I made my first visit there. It was a good exposure to that culture along with the help I got on Japanese etiquette from a Japanese friend in Singapore. I came to the conclusion it was more a way of life than a religion though of course there are temples and shrines. Japan is such a wonderful place to visit, specially in cherry blossom time.

  7. Serves me right- this wasn’t at all what I was expecting when I followed the link from Ruth’s, Madhu. But I love it 🙂 Happy Sunday!

  8. The little girl looks so so pretty in her kimono!

    The ritual sounds very interesting.. shall read up about it. Thanks for posting this!

    Lucky you.. to be able to see and experience all of this in real life. 🙂

  9. Nihon forever… 🙂 I’ve been to Japan 4 times and do hope to return asap… 🙂
    have a pleasant week-end, cheers, Mélanie

  10. Excellent entry .. excellent image .. and the little girl had also step over a threshold in her life. Great job, Madhu .. I wish you and your boys a great weekend.

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