Shichi Go San is a Japanese festival held every year on the weekend closest to November 15th. It’s a celebration for children 3, 5, and 7 years of age and involves a special short ceremony at their local shrine where they pray for health and longevity. For most, it’s the first time they dressed up in kimono, and boy were they cute!
All of these little girls and boys dressed to the 9s in their intricately-detailed outfits. Their parents must have planned and worked very hard the morning before the ceremony. It usually takes an hour and one or two people to dress an adult in a kimono. For a squirmy toddler? Haha I can just imagine!
Nevertheless, the kids looked adorable and were full of energy as during the ceremony and posing for plenty of family photos. I managed to sneak a few shots of the pretty kimonos including one of my nephew, complete with a samurai sword (ornamental of course!).