TFWT appreciate your participation in our tour of Meiji Shrine and Harajuku area on November 18. We welcomed the 21 friendly guests from Spain, Switzerland, Israel, Canada, America, Taiwan and Vietnam. Weather was perfect in the midst of autumn. I hope all of you enjoyed viewing Shichi-go-san(7-5-3) event, chrysanthemum display, wedding procession and changing colors of the leaves with us.
Shichi-go-san is an event to pray for the growth of children of three, five and seven years of age around November 15. Boys and girls of three, boys of five and girls of seven are celebrated. Parents as well as children express their gratitude to the deities for their growth and blessing for the future. We saw a girl wearing pretty kimono on the shrine approach. After the purification rituals Chitose Ame(thousand year candy) are given to the children wishing good health and long life. Although there are a few theories, the origin of Shichi-go-san can be traced to the Edo period about 300 years ago. The fifth Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi brought his eldest son to the shrine hoping good health since he was so sickly. In addition Hamaya are the ritual arrows to drive away devils and bring good fortune.
Then we passed Omotesando street. This street used to be the approach to Meiji Shrine and is actually the Japan’s first avenue. Omotesando is also known for the lines of grand zelkova trees. Those leaves are turning yellow and may be the peak of autumn foliage soon. The image of the street changed from the shrine approach to a fashion epicenter in 1970s. Now this area has a number of the internationally famous flagship brand shops. The leaves of the trees will be illuminated in December.
Lots of fun and amusements will satisfy you in Harajuku area. Join us, we are delighted to guide you at Meiji Shrine and Harajuku.
(posted by Yoshi)