Nov 152012
Shichi-Go-San – probably the cutest holiday in Japan

Shichi-Go-San, in November, should be called the cutest of Japanese holidays.

Its name means simply “Seven-Five-Three,” and on that day, parents of 7- and 3-year old girls, as well as 5-year old boys, visit shrines with their children dressed in colorful kimono.

Nov 072012
Shichi-go-san in Hamamatsu

Nowadays shrines from all over Japan advertise Shichi-go-san, but ceremonial visits to shrines with children have been traditionally limited to the Kanto area.

Hamamatsu is a town right in the middle between Kyoto and Tokyo, but because it used to be a fief of the first Tokugawa shogun, its customs are much closer to Tokyo and Shichi-go-san is very popular there.

Sep 192012
Hair fashion at Kishiwada Danjiri Matsuri

During Danjiri Matsuri in Kishiwada, a peculiar fashion show takes place.

As participants in each group wear identical uniforms, girls try to stand out through their hairstyle and blue or black nails.

Tightly plaited hair form patterns and are decorated with colorful threads woven into.

Apr 212012
Nakizumo – crying sumo tournament full of laugh

Nakizumo (“crying sumo tournament”) – once a local shrine festival have recently gained country-wide popularity. In a bout between two toddlers, the one who cries louder wins.

Tournament in Asakusa district of Tokyo is organized in a particularly professional setting thanks to proximity of Kokugikan – the national hall, in which real sumo tournaments take place.