|Mother and daughter in their ceremonial kimono, resting in the shade.|
On that day, parents bring their children to the shrine to ask for blessings from the gods, drive out evil spirits, and to wish for a long life. We decided to visit Hie Shrine, Tokyo's most urban shrine (because it sits on prime central Tokyo land), to see how the Japanese people celebrate Shichi-Go-San. And also because Kit is three years old, I thought we could celebrate it by giving him Chitose-Ame (thousand years candy), and wish him a long, healthy life.
|Kit holding on to his packet of Chitose-Ame.|
|Japanese boy wearing the haori and hakama.|
While the girl's ceremonial kimono, which they wear during the shrine visit, is understandably pretty, and probably photographed by many. I love the boy's haori (jacket) and hakama (pants), which looks very stately, serious yet decorative and majestic at the same time.
|Mother buying Chitose-Ame for her children.|
|500 yen for each packet of Chitose-Ame.|
|There were five sticks of sweets inside each packet. Two sticks were disappeared into the boys' stomach after two days.|
|No little boys with their ceremonial robes. Just the Milka girl in her kimono.|
It was the boys' first taste of a Japanese tradition.