Sunday, November 15, 2009
Shichi-Go-San is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Far east.
For three and seven year-old girls and three and five year-old boys, held annually on November 15.
Shichi-Go-San is said to have originated in the Heian Period (794-1185) amongst court nobles,
who would celebrate the passage of their children into middle childhood.
The children wear the kimono which was various colors.
Chitose Ame, literally "thousand year candy", is given to children on Shichi-Go-San.
It is long, thin, red and white candy, which symbolizes healthy growth and longevity. A girl has it.
The behind boy wears a white Tabi and Hakama.
Here is Tomioka Hachiman Shrine, downtown area of Tokyo.
Please look at the whole "kimono", click here.