11 / 2009

Japan - Girl's Shichi-Go-San festival 'Pokkuri-Geta' - late 20th C

Shichi-Go-San or Seven-Five-Three, is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan. Boys who are 3 and 5 years old and girls who are 3 and 7 are taken to a Shinto shrine, often in their first kimono, and the parents pray for their continuing good health and prosperity. The numbers, especially 3 and 7, are lucky numbers in Japan. A sweet candy called Chitose-ame (in 1000 years) is also often bought in a bag decorated with cranes and turtles, 2 other symbols of long life. Pokkuri Geta, with bells attached to the inside and decorated with cranes, are named pokkuri, because of the sound the make when worn by girls for this important celebration.

Research and text by : W.A.H.M. Habraken-Oosterhout-Holland
Illustration by : Colin Ball - Waalwijk - Holland