This year, we went to the Ikuta Shrine for the 7-5-3 Ceremony. 七五三 is a traditional rite of passage in Japan for three- and seven-year-old girls and three- and five-year-old boys, held annually on November 15 to celebrate the growth and well-being of young children. (Source: Wikipedia). Read more about the history here.
We tried to do this our second fall here, but 3 year old Maximo would not cooperate. We even resorted to bribery with lollipops, but he wouldn't even put the kimono on. It was beautiful with a big dragon on the back... after about 45 minutes of begging, we finally looked at each other and figured the distress was not worth it and left to find a taxi home. I was 7 1/2 month pregnant with Lola, so it was a fairly easy decision, as I was not really supposed to be moving around tons.