Shichi-Go-San |International, Traditional, Japanese | Hawaii
I absolutely loved this! This was my first time to photograph a “Shichi-go-san.” Shichi-go-san literally means seven, five, and three. When girls are at the age of three and seven, and when boys are at the age of three and five , they celebrate their health and growth. In Japan, it is a tradition to wear a kimono and take pictures so that they may remember this moment of their life.
This family is from California but visited Hawaii for a relative’s wedding. The mother is from Japan, so their kids are mixed Japanese. It was all too perfect that youngest girl is three years old, the second boy is five years old, and the oldest girl is seven years old. Obviously, a “Shichi-go-san” with all three kids was in order! Their grandmother brought traditional kimonos all the way from Japan to help document these kids Shichi-go-san.
I couldn’t resist these adorable kids, especially while they were wearing a kimono. They have Kasa (looks like an umblella), Sensu (Japanese fan), Hana Kazari (hair decoration), and many more props to add decorations to their clothing. Even though it was super early in the morning, the kids looked so happy and beautiful. They gave huge smiles for camera. One of my favorite pictures from this session is the one where the kids are with their grandmother. Her smile says it all. She is the one of the happiest grandmothers on the planet to have such beautiful grand children. She looked so happy and kids love for their grandmother is also apparent in the photo. I learned a great lesson from them today. Wherever you live, it is a good thing to keep your traditions and, in this case, the Japanese spirit to teach your children. I miss home and proud of the beautiful Japanese culture.
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