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A celebration for children 'Hichigosan'

Hi
Today, I’ll talk about an annual event in Japan, 'Hichigosan'.


It is held on 15th November, it’s for children at the age of 7,5,3.
This event was named after this fact, as ‘Hichigosan’ meansseven, five, three.

On that day, parents thank God for the healthy development of their children.
Generally, boys at the age of 3 and 5, girls at the age of 3 and 7 are involved in
Hichigosan.

People visit a local shrine and pray to God for happiness and longevity of their children on Hichigosan.
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By the way, how did Hichigosan start?

Years ago, it wasn’t easy to survive for children since many of them suffered from malnutrition and plagues
For that reason, people believed that children under 7 belonged to God, so God decided whether they lived longer or not.

That’s why people performed some ceremonies for their children as they grew up, and prayed for them.
This custom was common among the upper classes at first, however, it spread among people as ‘Hichigosan’ in Meiji era.



We visited Okayama shrine to see Hichigosan children
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It wasn’t too busy since it wasn’t weekend.


We saw some small shops which sells toys and balloons
They are children’s favorite
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Children who wear Kimono are gathering the ground of the shrine.
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We saw a Shinto priest praying to God.
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First, the priest called the name of each child, then prayed for them.
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When we went outside, we found a big group of children!
I guess they are from a kindergarten in neighborhood
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This is a good luck charm ‘Omamori’ for Hichigosan.
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Children are supposed to carry it or keep it somewhere high in their house, like on a cupboard, a chest etc…
And, the charm will be returned to the shrine one year later.


I also came across this one.
It’s a good luck charm for children as well.
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So cute


Can you guess what it is
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This is called ‘Chitose ame (longevity candy), a special candy for Hichigosan.
These candies are coloured red and white, because they are said to be lucky colours.
The shape is long and thin, it means ‘a long life’.
The only problem is that the candy is difficult to eat because of this shape…

Besides, you can see other good luck stuff on the packaging.
There is ‘Tsurukame’, a turtle and a crane.
You can also see ‘Shochikubai’, a combination of a pine tree, a plum, and a bamboo.


On Hichigosan day, children wear different types of Kimono, it depends their sex and their age.
I’ll show you some of them!


This style is for girls at the age of 3. They wear Kimono without a belt.
Instead of it, they wear a kind of vest ‘Hifu’.
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She’s so sweet


This Kimono is for boys at the age of 5.
The jacket with gorgeous embroidery is called ‘Haori’, and the trousers is ‘Hakama’.
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This design is really becoming on him


However, the style of children has diversified recently.
Children wear dresses or suits sometimes.
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Cool


This girl wears Kimono with a belt even though she is 3 years old.
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Such a lovely girl


Parents prepare Kimono for their children on Hichigosan day.
In fact, they tend to spent much money on Kimono.
Generally it costs about 10000 - 50000 yen, but some parents choose more expensive one.
They pay about 100,000 - 300,000 yen for it They don’t mind if they pay a lot, because Hichigosan is a big day for them.
But, it’s also possible to rent Kimono, so don’t worry It’s becoming popular nowdays


We bumped into these women, they are helping people to adjust Kimono that came loose.
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Because… Kimono is a bit heavy, so it’s coming loose as you move… unfortunately, it doesn’t look smart. You’ll need a helping hand to fix it

Kimono is a traditional costume of Japan, but many people don’t know how to wear it (because it’s complicated!)
So, this service must be helpful for parents and children.


According to Yoh and Yan, there are similar celebrations in Korea and China.

For instance, Chinese people celebrate the 100th day after birth, it’s called ‘Baiten’.
Parents and relatives eat red-coloured boiled eggs
In Korea, the 100th day after birth is also cerebrated as ‘Bekuiruzanchi’,
People have a big party for their children


Yes, every parents all over the world love their children
That goes without saying

Happy Hichigosan!



Okayama shrine

Address : 2-33 Ishizekicho, Kita Ward, Okayama City

Tel : 086-222-7198

www.okayama-jinjya.or.jp/index.html



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