WHO/WHAT: Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha – Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu celebrates Shichigosan, a custom that originated in the Heian Period (794-1185) among court nobles celebrating the passage of their children into middle childhood. The ages 3, 5 and 7 are consistent with Japanese numerology, which dictates that odd numbers are lucky — ages 3 and 7 for girls, and age 5 for boys.

Jusan-Mairi, (literally, “thirteen-year-old visit to a temple or shrine”) is a traditional coming-of-age event when 13-year-olds participate in a ceremony to be blessed with good health; knowledge and strength of character; and to affirm the emotional, psychological and physical changes challenging young teens. School is more challenging, bodies are changing, relationships with parents are different and new issues arise with friends.

Rituals are important because they provide patterns of consistency and connectedness. The consistency creates a feeling of safety. The connectedness creates a feeling of security — being connected to your immediate family, community, and your ancestors and their traditions.

WHEN/WHERE: From Oct. 22-Nov. 19 at the shrine (1239 Olomea St.) from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Reservations are now being accepted.

COST: $60 donation for each blessing. The Shichigosan blessing includes the Shinto blessing, Chitose-ame candy, omamori and a gift. For both blessings, complimentary kimono use and dressing is offered on weekends upon request. Reservations are required.

For more information, visit http://www.e-shrine.org/shichigosanjusanmairi.html, call 841-4755 or email kotohira@hawaiiantel.net.


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