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七五三, 7, 5, 3-year-old children

  Shichi-Go-San 七五三 is a Japanese custom to celebrate healthy growth and wish longevity for 3, 5, and 7 year-old children.  (7 years old for girls, 5 for boys, 3 for both).


 It is not an event strictly given by shrines nor temples, but usually, parents take their children at the age mostly to Shrine having them wear traditional or modern formal dress.

  Those children are given Japanese traditional candy called Chitose-Ame 千歳飴.


  That's why you see many dressed-up children with a long candy-paper-bag in their hands in that season.


  It is on Nov. 15th as an annual 7-5-3 date, but actually many families do it on the week ends near 15th.








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