Thursday, February 26, 2009


Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven year-old girls and five year-old boys.

Pan and Mini Pan in traditional Kimonos.

Chitoseame (千歳飴?), literally "thousand year candy", is given to children on Shichi-Go-San. Chitoseame is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes and ensures healthy growth and longevity. It is given in a bag with a crane and a turtle on it, which represent long life in Japan. Chitoseame is wrapped in a thin clear rice paper film that resembles plastic. This is edible and a great source of fun for children.

Western version outfit. The blue dress was chosen because it reminded Maya of Cinderella.