The 7-5-3 Festival (Shichi-Go-San 七五三) is an annual celebration held on November 15. The ages of 3, 5, and 7 were important milestones for Japanese children in the past and families with daughters aged 3 and 7 and sons aged 3 and 5, will try to visit a shrine to pray for the future health and happiness of their children on this date or the nearest weekend.
- To learn about the customs, foods and beliefs associated with the 7-5-3 festival in Japan.
- To reflect on important milestones and how these are celebrated in a different culture.
- Students will be familiar with Japanese traditional clothing worn during the celebrations.
- Students will learn the symbolism of the crane and turtle in Japanese culture by making and decorating their own chitose ame (‘thousand year sweets’) bag.
- Lesson Plan: 7-5-3 Festival - PDF (522 KB)
- Background Notes: 7-5-3 Festival - PDF (666 KB)
- PowerPoint Presentation: 7-5-3 Festival - PPT (4.7 MB)
- Chitose Ame Bag Template - PDF (387 KB)
Activity Pack - suitable for both classroom and home learning
- Calligraphy sets available to loan
- Use Ready Steady Nihongo Lesson 1 to teach students to count in Japanese up to 10.
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