Hawaii Mom Blog: Children's Kimono Dressing at Masako Formals




October 20, 2014

Children's Kimono Dressing at Masako Formals

Shichi-go-san is a festival celebrated by parents on November 15 in Japan to mark the growth of their children as they turn three, five and seven years of age.  The custom is practiced in Hawaii as well.

I took Lauren to the Kimono Studio at Masako Formals when she turned 3.  Although the photos came out priceless, she was not a happy camper and I had to giggle when the lady dressing Lauren told me to come back in 5 years.  Well, I came back in 4.  Lauren is now 7 and Cade is 3 and this time he played the part of the unhappy camper.    

After promising stickers, candy, and endless hours of Plants and Zombies play time, I was able to successfully bribe both children to smile for the camera.  I had several panic attacks in response to Cade's unwillingness to get off the (@#$*#) floor and take pictures, but the staff at both Masako Formals and Satok Hawaii Photography were so patient and accommodating.           
Lauren getting her hair and light makeup done.
Cade being fitted.  They even took the time to make a slight alteration.
Lauren chose this beautiful kimono.
The children being dressed.
Cade is all set.
The kimono room and photo studio are located upstairs.  Off they go.
Getting photo ready.  The smart photographer resorted to the katana to keep Cade happy.  
I was lucky that when I made my appointments, they were running a special.  Kimono fitting for girls was $200 and $120 for boys and included free 5x7 prints.  I thought it was kind of pricey because I paid $125 for Lauren's fitting 4 years ago, but the time and attention they gave us was what we needed and I decided the splurge would be worth it.  The years are just flying by and I haven't figured out a way to slow them down.  I'm thankful that I'll have these images to remember these precious moments.  Even if Cade's antics nearly gave me a heart attack.

Masako Formals 
716 Cooke Street

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