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Latest newsletter: "Shichi-Go-San"

November 29, 2018

Here is a Haiku written by KONISHI Raizan who was a Haiku poet living
in the 17th century.
"Hakamagiya Kono zori toru Oyagokoro"
Interpretation: I am in my Kimono and handing Zori (Japanese
traditional sandal associated with kimono) to my child.I'm extremely
happy to celebrate my child's growth.

As the name shows "Shichi (七)"means seven, "Go (五)"means five,
"San (三)" means three, "Shichi-Go-San" is a traditional event in
which parents and children go to a shrine together and express their
gratitude for children's healthy growth so far and pray for their
happiness in the future. This event is one of rite of passages,
usually called "Sachi-Go-San no Oiwai" or "Kodomo no Toshiiwai".
Celebrations are held at the age of three and five for boys but three
and seven for girls.

Read the full article:
Gratitude for autumn harvest: Shichi-Go-San

Translation by: Hitomi Kochi, reviewed by Chan Yee Ting

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