STAR-BULLETIN / 2006
Jacob Mamiya, age 3, is fitted for a kimono by Ashley Houk at the Japanese Cultural Center in Moiliili.
Kimono dressing is a formal affair
Shichi-Go-San is a Japanese festival during which children are taken to Shinto shrines in formal dress so that their parents may pray that they enjoy long and prosperous lives.
Locally, the tradition is recognized with formal kimono dressing and picture taking. Interested? Get your reservations in.
Jikoen Hongwanji Mission: For girls of all ages, 5-year-old boys, women and men; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. Participants may take photographs with their own cameras. Reservations due by Oct. 25. Donation is $25. Call 845-3422.
The Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha -- Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu: A $50 donation covers kimono dressing, blessing, goodie bag and amulet; Nov. 1 to 30. Call 841-4755 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii: Okinawan Family Kimono Dressing, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 4. Cost is $80, including professional photograph; $64 for JCCH members. Men, women and children ages 3 and up will be dressed in the manner of the Ryukyu Kingdom (Okinawa before it became part of Japan). Hair and make-up included. Call 945-7633.
Also at JCCH: Japanese kimono dressing for children, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nov. 11. Cost is $70; $56 JCCH members for kimono dressing only. Photographs extra. Call 945-7633.