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Kimono welcomed visitors at the library side of Puke Ariki.

Furisode (centre)
A furisode is a style of kimono distinguishable by its long sleeves and is the most formal style of kimono worn by unmarried women in Japan. The furisode is made of very fine, brightly-coloured silk, and is commonly rented or bought by parents for their daughters to wear when celebrating Coming of Age Day the year they turn 20. By wearing a furisode, a young woman signifies that she is both single and a legal adult, and thus available for marriage.

Kimono for three-year-old girls at Shichi-go-san celebration
Shichi-go-san literally meaning "Seven-five-three" is a traditional rite of passage and festival day in Japan for three and seven year-old girls and five year-old boys, held annually on the 15th of November. Three-year-old girls usually wear hifu (a type of padded vest) with their kimono and are taken to a shrine to drive out evil spirits and wish for a long healthy life.

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