Shichi Go San: Keiki Kimono Dressing

Shichi Go San, literally translated as “seven, five, three,” stems from the Meiji Era (1868-1912) when parents brought their kimono-clad children—girls, ages three and seven; and boys, age three and five—to Shintō shrines and prayed for their children to have long and prosperous lives. Today in Japan this coming-of-age custom is celebrated on November 15. Today, this coming-of-age custom has evolved to encompass all children, regardless of their age.

At JCCH's annual event, children are dressed in elegant kimono and zōri (sandals), a professional photographer captures the day, and they receive a Shintō blessing.

Shichi Go San 2021 has been canceled.