Japan Day Two:2

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As I understand it, because of a high infant mortality rate in the past, in Japan, before the age of 3, a child is considered to be in another realm. Once they have survived 3 years they are welcomed into the realm of human existence on earth. They dress in kimonos and are given presents to wish them long life, health and good fortune.
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Many of them go to the shrines and temples for special ceremonies to celebrate with their families and are often attended by very proud grandparents.

For boys there is another ceremony when they are 5 and girls when they are 7.

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The kimonos are bought or hired for the occasion
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And they try to walk in the ridiculously difficult special wooden sandals.
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They seem very happy and proud to be photographed by anyone and everyone, 24little princes and princesses for the day.DSC_0033

Parting the crowds there were the occasional processions on their way to ceremonies in different parts of the shrine

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All looking very important in their ornately embroidered robes

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If I had had time to think, I would probably have written a prayerDSC_0041

and left my donation.

It all felt very busy and colourful and rather a lot to take in on the first day out and about in Tokyo.

Just a few shots of the architecture and a door carving and it was time to leaveDSC_0050 DSC_0052 DSC_0051 (1) DSC_0053

…..Off to see some shopping streets – similar to Carnaby Street in London we were told ……………

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15 responses to “Japan Day Two:2

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  4. Thanks that you post this, it is so beautyful!

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  5. Wow. That’s really interesting. All of it. I love hearing about the root of traditions. And this 3-yr-old celebration is fascinating.

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  6. This is an amazing you are taking us on! I’m so moved by the ceremonies to celebrate not a child’s birth, but survival. The first years must be a tremendous mixture of joy and worry. Those little kimonos are such a bright and beautiful sight!

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  7. Learning lots of things I didn’t know about Japan. Thank you.

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  8. Examination? Predictive text gone crazy! Should read post!

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  9. Japan is somewhere I know nothing about so this examination fascinating
    The children looked very pretty.

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