So yours truly was over at the School at Jaya One, over the weekend in Petaling Jaya to check out Shichi-Go-San, a Japanese traditional rite of passage for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys. Nevermind that my mini me is over grown… Its the culture and custom that fascinates me..
It was nice seeing the School decorated in Japanese autumn-themed style, with instagram worthy spots here and there as well as interesting activities for both adults and kids to participate in including kimono dressing, soba and sushi making classes, Japanese arts and craft, Japanese Folks Dance & Kid Culture Dance and many more.
The rite’s customary prayer ceremony was conducted by Takebe Masahide, a shrine priest flown in from Ikimi Tenmangu, the oldest shrine in Kyoto, Japan.
This was an amazing experience for everyone where Japanese parents living here in Malaysia and other curious parents willing to keep a free mind and try new things bring their children to learn and experience this cultural festival over the weekend of 4th and 5th November at The School by Jaya One from 10am to 6pm. I got my mini me one of those little charms for good studies…
There were just so much and snacks around as well, all affordably priced and my mini me and I got ourselves some of those Japanese Curry, some grilled teriyaki chicken, onigiri and taiyaki to indulge in…
Traditionally, Shichi-Go-San is said to be held annually on 15 November where parents would take their children to shrines to perform a prayer for their health.
My mini me and other younger kids were pretty transfixed with the cutting of the blue fin tuna said to be worth RM15,000 before those present had the chance to bid for their favourite slice, which is way below market value.. since we all know how expensive some of these meguro sashimi is… My daughter quipped wonderingly, on how the smaller kids nowadays are not scared seeing a huge fish getting beheaded and cut up..
The festival was made possible with the support by the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, I Am Nikon, Yaezakura Japanese Traditional Music & Dance Group, Jetro and Gemini Creation.