VIDEO| Japan’s 7-5-3 celebrates children

Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi
Photo by Takahiro Takiguchi

VIDEO| Japan’s 7-5-3 celebrates children

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

In the month of November, Japanese shrines and temples are busy with children in beautiful traditional attire visiting with their proud parents who you’ll see snapping plenty of photos. This month is when families in Japan celebrate “shichigosan” (seven-five-three), a traditional celebration and rite of passage in the country. In order to ward off evil spirits and wish for a long and healthy life, tradition says girls ages 3 and 7 and boys at age 5 should visit the temple or shrine on Nov. 15. Shichigosan is not a national holiday, so you’ll find that the entire month of November shrines and temples will be host to many children.

Subscribe to our Stripes Pacific newsletter and receive amazing travel stories, great event info, cultural information, interesting lifestyle articles and more directly in your inbox!

Follow us on social media!

Facebook: Stars and Stripes Pacific
Flipboard: Stars and Stripes Community Sites

Looking to travel while stationed abroad? Check out our other Pacific community sites!
Stripes Okinawa
Stripes Korea
Stripes Guam

Related Content

Recommended Content

Around the Web