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The Friday after Design Festa weekend, I went with my hoikuen (day care/pre-school) to visit a shrine for Shichi-go-san, an event where girls 3 and 7, and boys 5 years old, celebrate. They were so cute!

Older and younger kids buddied up… I wasn’t fast enough with the picture, the older boy had just stood up after talking with the younger


My duckling for the trip over

Bowing, then pictures

And finally snacks!

Unusually, I got lunch this day! I sat and chatted with the enchou-sensei, the head of the day care, for an hour or so. Noone speaks English there, so it is good Japanese practice!