What is Shichi Go San

November 15 is a holiday called Shichi Go San in Japan.  Shichi means 7, Go means 5, and San means 3.  When a girl becomes 3 and 7, and a boy becomes 5 years old, we celebrate it by visiting a shrine or temple dressed up.

I don’t know much of the history, like why November 15 or why these particular numbers.  I have no recollection of me celebrating this occasion.

These photos in my album, however, clearly states that I did celebrate it with my mother, over half a century ago.  I thank my parents for keeping these archives.

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