Shichi-go-san is a rite of passage ceremony for children ages three, five and seven celebrated on November 15th every year, but as it is not a national holiday most families will hold their festivities on the nearest weekend instead.
The ages three, five and seven are celebrated because odd numbers are seen as lucky in Japan, also ages three, five and seven are seen as an important time of development, children of three understand words, children of five get wisdom and children of seven have a permanent tooth. Boys are celebrated at three and five, girls are celebrated at three and seven.
Families celebrate with a visit to a temple or shrine to offer prayers to the Shinto guardian god of good health, Ujigami (氏神), wishing for the well-being of their children.
Shichi-go-san dates back to the Heian Period (794-1185) when aristocrats celebrated the growth of their children. This practice was adopted by commoners during the Edo period (1603-1868), In order to pray for the health of their kids, they started visiting shrines.
The 7-5-3 Day as we know it today evolved in the Meiji era (1868-1912),
Most girls wear kimonos when making their Shichi-go-san visit, while boys come in haori and hakama. However in recent days a lot of children wear western style dresses and suits instead.
Foreigners are also welcomed to the shrines and temples, it is a great opportunity to take many cute photos of the kids in their vibrant kimonos.
During shrine and temple visits, one should be careful as most shrines do not allow people to wear sandals and shoes inside. The same goes for most temples, but slippers are always given to be worn instead, a pair of slippers can be brought along if desired.
To go with occasion, why not get a pair of the beautiful and comfortable CP Slippers for the fashionably dressed kids. The colorful, comfortable and simple yet luxurious slippers from the CP Slippers kid’s collection would complement the flashy attires worn during the festival.
The CP Slippers which got its origin from Japan since the early 1980’s is known for its simplicity and giving the wearer the illusion that they are barefoot.