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.



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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