Shichigosan is a traditional Japanese event celebrated by 3 and 5 year old boys and 3 and 7 year old girls. In November, children dressed in kimono visit a Shinto shrine to report their healthy development and to receive divine blessings. Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha - Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu has initiated a special event with complimentary kimono dressing to perpetuate a tradition that is spiritually enriching and culturally exciting.
Shichigosan Blessing includes: Blessing Omamori Goodie Bag Chitose-ame Candy Only
Complimentary Kimono Rental & Dressing, hair and makeup offered as part of our service to the community. Please request this special service at the time of reservation.
Kimono Dressing is offered 10/22~11/19/2017 on Saturdays and Sundays only between the hours of 9 am - 3:30 pm. WE DO NOT TAKE PHOTOS AND HAVE NO PHOTOGRAPHERS ON SITE.
Jusan Mairi is performed during Shichigosan season. Complimentary kimono dressing is available by request.
Reservations are required and will be accepted from September 1.
Donation $60 donation
12 animals represent the rotating 12 year cycle that is the basis of the Chinese Zodiac. The Chinese zodiac sign begins a second cycle when one turns thirteen. Girls and boys visit a shrine or temple to be blessed in ceremony known as "Jusan Mairi." Ju San Mairi literally means "thirteen-year-old visit to a temple or shrine.”
Jusan-Mairi, is a traditional coming-of-age event when 13-year olds participate in a ceremony to be blessed with good health, knowledge and strength of character and to affirm the emotional, psychological and physical changes challenging young teens. School is more challenging, bodies are changing, relationships with parents are different, and new issues arise with friends.
Rituals are important because they provide patterns of consistency and connectedness. The consistency creates a feeling of safety. The connectedness creates a feeling of security - being connected to your immediate family, community and also with your ancestors and their traditions.