WHO/WHAT: “Shichi Go San,” literally translated as “seven, five, three,” dates back to the Meiji Era (1868-1912), when parents brought their children dressed in kimono — girls, ages 3 and 7, and boys, ages 3 and 5 — to Shinto shrines to pray for long and prosperous lives for their children.
Today, this coming-of-age custom has evolved to encompass all children, regardless of age. Children can dress up in elegant kimono and zori (sandals) and have a professional photographer capture this traditional event. Kimono dressing by Masako Formals; photography by King Photo Service, Inc.; Shinto blessing by Izumo Taishakyo Mission of Hawaii.
WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Japanese Cultural Center of Hawai‘i.
COST: $75 for JCCH members and $90 for nonmembers. Register by Nov. 7. Photos are a separate cost with packages ranging from $20-$60. To register, go to https://www.jcch.com/events/shichi-go-san-keiki-kimono-dressing-1. Inquiries can also be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 945-7633 ext. 25.