Thursday, February 26, 2009

Shichi-Go-San

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.

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Anonymous robin said...

Lil Pan is too cute! She's getting so big!

10:01 PM  
Blogger The Chhamanator said...

Hey I happen to stumble upon your blog and really liked the thing you're doing here. Planning to visit often :)

8:20 AM  
Blogger foto.bongbong said...

Nice pictures. I remember this tradition... I was stationed on Okinawa for quite a while!

3:26 PM  

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