Take off your shoes, and step into an authentic silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan. Experience Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events in this 100-year-old house. On busy days, we offer guided tours of the Japanese House to accommodate the crowds, and may not have the hands-on activity .
Japanese House has limited hours. Please check the specific hours on the day of your visit.
七五三 Make A Candy Bag for Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3 Day in Japan)
Shichi-Go-San is a special day to celebrate three-year-old boys and girls, five-year-old boys, and seven-year-old girls. Shichi means seven, go means five, and san means three, so Shichi-Go-San literally means 7-5-3. On November 15th, or the closest weekend, children dress up in traditional or other fancy clothing and visit neighborhood shrines with their parents to give thanks for their health and happiness and to pray for continued health and happiness in the future. Parents also buy chitose-ame for their children when they visit the shrine. Chitose-ame are very long pink-and-white candy sticks, and when parents buy them for their children, they wish for their lives to be long and sweet, like the candy. The candy bags are often decorated with cranes and turtles, which are symbols of good luck, happiness and longevity.
In the Japanese House, learn about the Shichi-Go-San (7-5-3) festival in Japan and create a Chitose-ame (Thousand-year) candy bag for good luck.