Saturday, November 10, 2012

Today's Photo (Shichi-Go-San)

Two weeks ago, some friends and I took our kids to Studio Alice to get Shichi-Go-San photos taken!  

Little TF is on the right, with two of her very good friends.

I learned about the Japanese celebration of Shichi-Go-San during our base "Welcome To Japan And Don't Do Anything To Screw Up The US/Japan Military Alliance" orientations.  Through my jet lag-induced fog, somewhere between "Don't Drink and Drive" and "Remember OPSEC", the instructor started talking about Japanese celebrations and about how we could take our kids to wear kimono and get their photos taken for Shichi-Go-San.  For kids aged three, five, and seven, these special ages are times to visit shrines and pray for their long and happy lives.  This year, our last year in Japan, Little TF turned three!  Studio Alice, a Japanese photography studio chain, provides kimono, accessories, hair and makeup styling, and props, along with a very energetic team of photographers.  Photos can be taken in the Studio Alice photography studio, or kimono can be rented for children to wear to the shrines.  

The kids had an absolute blast getting all dressed up.  Studio Alice really made them feel special, and Little TF kept telling me she was a Japanese princess.  She picked out the perfect pink kimono, the perfect hairstyle from the catalog, and glowed as the attendants added dangling charms to her coiffure and dabbed on some pink lipstick.  What a great memory. We will treasure these photos forever!

Look up Studio Alice locations by running their website through Google Translate. Information on special packages is also supplied.  For the actual appointment, a Japanese friend to translate would probably be very helpful.  Many thanks to my friend who translated for us!

Disclaimer:  I do my best to make sure all my information is accurate.  However, details may change or I may just be flat-out wrong.  Please let me know if something needs a correction.  Thank-you! 

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