Shichi Go San
22.5"/30" Transparent Watercolor on 300LBS Fabriano

On November 15th, the Japanese celebrate Shichi Go San, which literally means, “Seven, Five, Three.” The Japanese believe this to be the luckiest day of the year, as it is the sum of the three “lucky” numbers: 7, 5, and 3. On this day, families take 7 and 3-year-old girls, and 5-year-old boys to the Shinto Temple. They dress the children in traditional Japanese clothing and go to the Temple to recite a prayer, followed by a feast. The painting depicts a 7-year-old girl on Shichi Go San at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. As her mother prepares her kimono, grandma watches attentively, while the men wait for the ordeal to be over.

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