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ExtraFamily: Take part in a Shinto blessing for youngsters

  • JAMM AQUINO / 2015
                                Jenna Crawley, center, touches up granddaughter Anju Kamei’s fancy hairdo as Anju’s mother, Yuko Kamei, watches during a Shichigosan blessing at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu in Kalihi.

    JAMM AQUINO / 2015

    Jenna Crawley, center, touches up granddaughter Anju Kamei’s fancy hairdo as Anju’s mother, Yuko Kamei, watches during a Shichigosan blessing at Hawaii Kotohira Jinsha-Hawaii Dazaifu Tenmangu in Kalihi.

A tradition that goes back to Japan’s Heian Period (794-1185), shichigosan (“7-5-3,” Japanese lucky numbers) is a Shinto blessing for young children for a long, healthy life. Read more

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