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Children nationwide on Wednesday celebrated shichi-go-san, an annual traditional rite of passage for children reaching the ages of 7, 5 and 3.

Traditionally, children in Japan were required to have shaven heads until the age of 3, but thereafter were allowed to grow out their hair. Boys at the age of 5 were allowed to wear hakama for the first time, while girls at the age of 7 were allowed to tie their kimono with traditional obi.

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