In this series of articles, we’d like to focus on Japanese traditional & seasonal dishes. Today’s topic will be an “Chitose ame” eaten on Shichi-go-san (7-5-3).
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Japan’s annual event where 3- and 5–year-old boys and 3- and 7-year-old girls visit shrines on November 15 is called “Shichi-go-san” (literally meaning 7-5-3).
Every year on November 15 and during the weekends around that date, shrines become crowded with people visiting for “Shichi-go-san”.
People made visits to shrines to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children and to wish for their continued growth and vitality, with the ages of 3, 5, and 7 being marked as turning points.
This event has become established and remains known as “Shichi-go-san” today. It is usual for children to wear their best kimono, carry a Chitose-ame (a long candy bar), and to be taken by their family to visit the shrine and have commemorative photos taken.
If you visit a shrine on or around November 15, you will see lots of girls looking pretty in kimono and boys dressed in hakama (men’s formal loose trousers with pleats in the front).
-What’s Chitose ame?
If you were to think of one essential item for Shichi-go-san, it would probably be Chitose-ame.
This is a long, thin, red or white candy, which symbolizes healthy growth and longevity, and it is given in a bag decorated with a crane, a turtle, and Sho-chiku-bai (pine, bamboo, and plum trees), all of which are lucky charms for a long life for the children.
Chitose-ame is sold during the Shichi-go-san period at supermarkets and department stores. It’s sweet and delicious, and is worth trying.
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(Source of today’s article: http://jmtranslations.blog.jp/archives/5376426.html)