Some old shots.. in the thumb drive … begging to be blogged…
Shichi-Go-San or 7-5-3 Festival – 15 November, Shichigosan, is the traditional custom of taking boys aged 3 and 5 and girls aged 3 and 7 to be blessed at the local Shinto shrine to thank god for their good health and pray for future blessings. Children are dressed up in colourful kimonos! how cute!
Adult’s Day – 15 January, is the Celebration of the coming of age for boys and girls turning 20 that year. The coming of age symbolizes amongst other grown-up things, the right to buy cigarettes and alcohol legally… and to erm.. snog… :P. Ceremonies are held at temples and shrines and girls wear special kimonos for the occasion.
Hina Matsuri – 3 March, is the festival dedicated to young girls. Dolls representing an ancient Imperial couple, are displayed in houses of unmarried girls, to bring good fortune to them. Superstition has it that if the dolls are not put back into their boxes before midnight, the girls in that house will never marry… yikes!
Tanabata Matsuri or Star Festival – 7 July, according to the Chinese legend, a princess and a shepherd fell in love, but were forbidden to meet, except for that day of the year (tanabata), when the two stars Kengyu (the shepherd) and Shokujo (the princess) meet in the Milky Way. Awww.. so romantic!
Children write poems or wishes on streamers and attach them to special tanabata trees.
Are you kidding… the way some of these Japanese chicks dress.. it looks like Halloween the whole year round… (ya think?!)