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7-5-3

Postby Mukade » Wed 11.15.2006 9:56 am

So this time of year, many families are taking their young sons and daughters to the nearby Shinto shrine for the 7-5-3 (shichi-go-san) Ceremony.

Apparently originating in the Heian period, girls of 7- and 3-years old and boys of 5-years old would visit the nearby shrine to commemorate their coming of age.

The age of three is when children no longer had to shave their heads (a cultural necessity in the Heian, it would seem). At the age of five is when young boys could begin to wear hakama, and the age of seven is when young girls would trade their kimono waist ropes for real obi.

My daughter is turning three this year (finally, we can stop shaving her head!), so we recently visited our community shrine to have her blessed by the kamisama. I thought I would share some pictures with you all.

Here's my daughter in her kimono before the shrine 'purification water' (what would we call that in English, anyways?!?):

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Just after the blessing ceremony inside the shrine, parents write wishes for their children on ema, or 'votive boards.' My wife is doing that in front of the sacred sake casks:

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And now she hangs the wishes with all the others:

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Finally, one last picture before the shrine torii before going home:

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RE: 7-5-3

Postby hyperconjugated » Wed 11.15.2006 10:04 am

How cute :-)
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby Oyaji » Wed 11.15.2006 12:00 pm

Great pictures!!

Enjoy each and every one of these moments. Before you know it you will be attending her 入学式, and then in the blink of an eye she'll be smiling down at you at her 卒業式, and in what will seem like a couple of weeks you will be sitting at the back corner table as 新婦の父.

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RE: 7-5-3

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 11.15.2006 12:16 pm

Mukade wrote:

Here's my daughter in her kimono before the shrine 'purification water' (what would we call that in English, anyways?!?):


sounds like a christian christening or sprinkling. couldn't call that a baptism as there is no immersion or dunking..
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby clay » Wed 11.15.2006 12:26 pm

Nice pictures!
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby Txkun » Wed 11.15.2006 1:27 pm

What a nice kawaii girl you have!
Thanks for sharing pictures and knowledge about this.
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby keatonatron » Wed 11.15.2006 1:47 pm

two_heads_talking wrote:
sounds like a christian christening or sprinkling.


I don't think the two are alike. This is just clean water that you use to wash your hands with before entering the shrine. It is a way to symbolically get clean before entering a pure space, but it has nothing to do with sins.
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby tanuki » Wed 11.15.2006 2:05 pm

You have a very cute daughter! :D
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby coco » Wed 11.15.2006 2:27 pm

かわいい〜! :D べっぴんさんになりそうなお顔だち。 :)
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby two_heads_talking » Wed 11.15.2006 2:41 pm

then maybe purification water would refer to just plain holy water.. blessed for whatever purpose.

i had the impression that the water was sprinkled.. I somehow remember seeing that.. maybe at the age of 20.. hmmm
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby Mike Cash » Wed 11.15.2006 3:03 pm

I wish to go on record stating that Mrs. Mukade and the Center of Mukade's Universe are both cutie-pies.
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby kanadajin » Wed 11.15.2006 3:50 pm

then maybe purification water would refer to just plain holy water.. blessed for whatever purpose.


The only way to find that out is to throw the "purification water" in your eyes :)

Nice pics Mukade :) Cute daughter.
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby Rounin T » Wed 11.15.2006 5:23 pm

Those pictures are so cute, I'm tempted to say:

OMG KAWAIIIIII!!!!!!1!!!111!!!!!eleven!!!! ^_^ (^_^) ^_^


But I'll try to refrain.
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby Schattenjedi » Wed 11.15.2006 5:56 pm

It looks like you have a wonderful family. I wish you more cute kids :D

In the second picture your wife is standing in front of some large jars. What are inside of those jars?
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RE: 7-5-3

Postby Mukade » Wed 11.15.2006 7:29 pm

Oyaji wrote:
Enjoy each and every one of these moments. Before you know it you will be attending her 入学式, and then in the blink of an eye she'll be smiling down at you at her 卒業式, and in what will seem like a couple of weeks you will be sitting at the back corner table as 新婦の父.


I know, I know. I've had scenes from 'Father of the Bride' flashing through my head ever since she was born... :(

My first words to her, after getting wiped clean by the nurses, were:
ボイフレンド、あかんで!


two_heads_talking wrote:
sounds like a christian christening or sprinkling. couldn't call that a baptism as there is no immersion or dunking..


Although the water in front of the shrine, as keatonatron pointed out, isn't quite the same, the 7-5-3 ceremony itself has some similarities with baptism. The children are brought into the honden, or main shrine, where the body of the kami is believed to be. The priest then chants requests or prayers for blessings for the children from the kami.

The water in front of the shrine is called 手水舎(ちょうずや), and after looking around a bit, it would seem this has no standard English translation. 'Water for washing away impurities (not sins)' is probably as close as one can get.


coco wrote:
千歳飴、ぜんぶ食べます? 最近のものは美味しくなったのかな。


昔の食べたことないので、美味しくなったかどうか分かりません。でも、姑は「昔の千歳飴より短い」と言いました。ちょっと味見して、何か、ヨーグルトの味がありました。美味しかったよ。


Mike Cash wrote:
Mrs. Mukade and the Center of Mukade's Universe


Is it that obvious?

Man, I guess it's time to admit it. I'm such an oyabaka people around me get physically ill...


Schattenjedi wrote:
I wish you more cute kids

In the second picture your wife is standing in front of some large jars. What are inside of those jars?


I already have two! My hands are full for the moment, but thanks for the wishes anyway.

As for those jars...

The gods love sake, my friend! ;)
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