Omma from Japan
place in my memory is a shrine. In Japan, November
15 is Shichi-Go-San (seven, five, three)
young Japanese girl dressed up for the
Shichi-Go-San Ceremony, which is
celebrated on November
means girls at seven years, boys at five years, and
boys and girls at three years are celebrated at a
shrine to show appreciation for good growth and
wishes for better growth for future.
I was three years old, I also went to a shrine with
my mother and her friend. A Shinto priest at the
shrine gave the children omiki, which is
like rice wine.
I drank it, I thought it tasted very good. So I
told him, "Give me another one, please!" Nobody
spoke, and my mother behind me was surprised and
is a very embarrassing memory, but at the same time
it was my first experience drinking alcohol. After
that I stayed away from alcoholic drinks!
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