The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter

Drawing attention

It is a little late posting this as it take time to find, scan and upload the pics but here is a pic of my eldest son, Sola, at his Shichigosan celebration in Kamakura. Shichigosan celebrates children: boys who are five and girls who are three and seven. Sola is only four but then if you count the Japanese way (from conception) he is nearly five, but who`s counting?

We dressed him up in a smart kimono and had our picture professionally taken, then we went to Kamakura to get blessed. We drew quite a lot of stares in this historic place as you can imagine, locals and tourists alike were quite surprised to see a little blond boy running around in a kimono and a lot of people took our photo. Funny to be on the other side of the lens for a change.



4 responses

  1. That’s a nice story, as is the one above.
    He looks like he had a blast.

    November 30, 2007 at 9:57 am

  2. tomo

    Nice and lovely pic!
    The bigger your son, the handsomer he is getting?

    Not Shigosan but Shichigosan.

    Shichi is 7 and go is 5 and san is 3.
    As you know, Shichigosan is a traditional celebration for children who are aged 7, 5 or 3.

    Just for a help to remember it.

    talk to you later.


    December 1, 2007 at 3:31 am

  3. Thanks Tomo san, I wrote the post in a rush and didn`t look up the spelling of Shichigosan; I knew it was “something like that”.
    It has been duely corrected, as I hoped it would be.
    Thanks for the comment.

    December 1, 2007 at 5:24 pm

  4. Pingback: The thrill of being three «

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