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.
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.
Parting the crowds there were the occasional processions on their way to ceremonies in different parts of the shrine
All looking very important in their ornately embroidered robes
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.
…..Off to see some shopping streets – similar to Carnaby Street in London we were told ……………