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Shichi Go San (7-5-3)

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Shichi Go San (七五三) or 7-5-3 is a tradition rite of passage for Japanese children. It is usually celebrated by 3 and 7-year-old girls, and 5-year-old boys (although 3-year-old boys sometimes take part) in the middle of the month of November (it is traditionally held on the 15th but this day is not a national holiday, so most people choose a Saturday or Sunday close to the 15th of November).

The practice has remained mostly the same since the Meiji period, and children wear a hakama (for boys) or kimono (for girls) for the first time, visit shrines, and are photographed with their families. On the special day, children often receive small gifts as well as Chitose ame (千歳飴) or thousand year candy which is long and thin, to symbolize a long life.

Aiden turned 5 in April, so this year, we celebrated Shichi Go San for the first time. Our family has used the same hakama for Shichi Go San since Aiden`s uncle was 5 years old. It has a long history, and Aiden was the 7th boy to wear it which is …

KidZania Osaka - a real city for kids

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We visited KidZania in Osaka earlier this week and had such a great time. I wanted to share our experience ... check it out ...

KidZania is located in Lalaport Koshien shopping mall (at this address: 3020 LaLaport Koshien, 1-100 Hachibancho, Koshien, Nishinomiya, Hyogo 663-8178). There is plenty of parking at the shopping mall, or it can be accessed by train at the Koshien Station (East Exit) on the Hanshin Main Line (about an 8-minute walk). More information regarding access is available here (in English).

KidZania is open most days, although a reservation is usually necessary. It is incredibly popular and is often booked solid, days and weeks in advance. 

Same day tickets are available for purchase, from 7:15am for the morning shift, and from 9:30am for the afternoon shift and are sold on a first-come first-serve basis.

Check their online calendar and reservation system here (in English).

There are two shifts (you can stay for only one) each day, the morning (from 9:00am til 3:00pm) and …