The School at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya will once again be hosting Shichi-Go-San, a Japanese traditional rite of passage for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys.
The rite’s customary prayer ceremony will be conducted by special guest, Takebe Masahide, a shrine priest from Ikimi Tenmangu, the oldest shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
Parents can look forward to bringing their children to learn and experience this cultural festival on 4th and 5th November at The School by Jaya One from 10am to 6pm daily.
Traditionally, Shichi-Go-San is held annually on 15 November where parents would take their children to shrines to perform a prayer for their health.
During the ceremony, the girls would dress in Kimonos and the boys in Hakama trousers with Haori jackets and carry a long stick candy thin candy known as “chitose-ame”, believed to bring good luck. It usually comes in a bag decorated with cranes and turtles to symbolise long life.
The symbolic 2-day event will have The School transformed into a Japanese-themed setting, ideal for family photo taking, and will feature various activities, fit for all children to participate in including kimono dressing, origami and flute classes, soba and sushi making classes, Japanese arts and craft, Japanese Folks Dance & Kid Culture Dance and many more.
There will also be a tuna and salmon cutting show and an auction where parents have the chance to bid for their favourite slice.
The festival is supported by the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, I Am Nikon, Yaezakura Japanese Traditional Music & Dance Group, Jetro and Gemini Creation.
Parents can register their children for the prayer ceremony and book a time slot at bit.ly/753theschool