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This photograph is taken in Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Harajuku. When I got down from Harajuku Station, several sets of children dressed up taken to parents or grandparents were walking. I understood that they are families who go by congratulation of Shichi-Go-San to Meiji Shrine. I walked along the approach in the interest half, and went to the main shrine. I saw that they took the commemorative photo in the courtyard, and many parent and child went into shrine pavilions, and had received the pray from a Shinto priest at main shrine. Shichi-Go-San is an annual event of Japan which celebrates a child (7 years old's, 5 years old's, and 3 year-old's) growth. The origin is said as start in 1681 to have wished for the health of the eldest son of Tsunayoshi Tokugawa who is a 5th generation of Edo Shogunate general. It is a ceremony which the boy and girl of 3 years old, the boy of 5 years old, and the girl of 7 years old hold. Although it is an annual event which celebrates child growth and visits a shrine, a temple, etc. on November 15, it carries out more often on Saturday, Sunday, and the public holiday of either of November, without being scrupulous on November 15 now. It's a tradition that 3 years old grows hair, 5 years old wears a hakama first time and 7 years old are vestiges which carry out the fashion of an adult called the kimono and one-piece sash. There are more Japanese clothes according to full dress and clothes in the present age. And, at this time, a girl makes up her face for the first time.

(p.s.)
Shichi means seven.
Go means five.
San means three.

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