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Shichi- go-san (7-5-3) Ceremony|Sangha News Journal


From leading left:Rev Koyu Mori,Rev Koshi Kurotaki, Kazuto Suzuki, Kayla Suzuki, Hitomi Suzuki,Rev Sozan Miglioli,Rev Taiga Ito; front center: Leo Suzuki

The Soto Mission of San Francisco, Sokoji, held its yearly Shichi- go-san (7-5-3) Ceremony in mid-November

Shichi- go-san actually equates to Seven-Five-Three and is a standard Japanese initiation rite event for kids ages 3, 5, and 7. These are thought about vital years in a kid’s advancement, and unique true blessings are provided at these times.

On this day, young boys (ages 3 and 5) and ladies (aged 3 and 7) gown up in either standard Japanese clothing or official Western gown and go to a temple or shrine with their moms and dads. Children get bags embellished with illustrations of a crane and turtle– signs of a long life and joy– with long, thin red and white chitose ame (thousand-year sweet) within. The signs show want a kid’s health and development.

This year, Leo Suzuki (Suzuki Roshi’s great-grandson) attended his Shichi- go-san Ceremony at the Sokoji Temple in San Francisco’sJapantown His daddy Kazuto Suzuki, mom Hitomi, and sis Kayla accompanied Leo on this advantageous event.

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