Kamakura part three
Quite unlike the collection of Zen temples, there is only one large Shinto temple in Kamakura and it is in the town itself. We saw many Japanese families with children there, dressed in fantastic kimonos. Our colleagues in Tsukuba later said that it might have been the Shichi-Go-San day, although it was not the correct date – apparently it can vary depending on the place. Shichi-Go-San means seven-five-three and it is a day to present girls of three and seven and boys of five in a Shinto temple. From what I heard it used to be so because once a child reached that age, it had a good chance of survival. I am generally unmoved by children of any age or by happy families of people I do not know, but these families looked fabulous. It was clearly a very important day for every family member and for the family as a whole. My finger itched to press the shutter. But it would have been intrusive to photograph family celebrations, so I photographed only the temple itself and a bonsai exhibition. (You could hear my teeth gritting, though.)
However. There were also three traditional weddings taking place and, in my opinion, weddings are fair game. Below is the procession with the bride, the bride herself, and the mothers-in-law from one of the wedding.