Posted by: Darrell | November 15, 2008

Shichi Go San

A child at Heian Jingu for Shichi Go San

A child at Heian Jingu for Shichi Go San

With all the travelling that I have been doing, I haven‘t really had the chance to go to any festivals or cultural events in Japan. So to kill two birds with one stone, I decided to go to see Heian Jingu and see the festival known as Shichi-Go-San (or 7-5-3). This festival is where kids that are 7, 5 or 3 years old are dressed up in traditional Japanese clothes and taken to the shrines and temples to pray for good luck and health.

Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu Shrine

Heian Jingu is the newest temple in Kyoto and clashes with the more richly historical and centuries old temples and shrines. With its bright red paint, it is evident that Heian Jingu isn’t the prettiest temple nor the most celebrated (although, the most celebrated would be debatable), however, it does play home to the majority of the Shichi-Go-San participants. So then, a new home for an old tradition.

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  1. that girls’ cute 😮


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