3, 5 and 7

By: Reiko Nishioka, Director of EducationOn November 15th, 3 and 5 year-old boys and 3 and 7 year-old girls pay a visit to a shrine or temple to pray to grow up to a healthy adulthood.  In addition, November weekends are crowded with formally dressed parents and children wearing formal kimono or Western clothes which for boys are handsome suits and for girls are beautiful dresses. You will know children are 3, 5 or 7 years old because they carry a long paper bag called chitiseame.  This candy bag has either a crane …

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