Since I don't have children, I usually don't pay attention to it, but when I come to the Shinto shrine, I am reminded that the world is in the season of Shichi-Go-San Pilgrimage. When I see families with their children dressed up at shrines that I stop by during my walks, even the insensitive person like me notices it, no matter what.
This was also the case at Toyouke Jinja Shrine, which I stumbled upon in Urayasu. Two families had come to pay their respects to the shrine for the Shichi-Go-San Pilgrimage, and each of them was snapping commemorative photos. Both families were taking pictures at a similar spot in front of the shrine hall, and from the looks of it, I couldn't help but feel that they were both in the other's family photo. When they look back at the photos after some time has passed, I'm sure they will be wondering who this person is, since he or she is neither a family member nor a relative of them.
As I watched from afar in front of the shrine, where people were posing and taking pictures, it seemed that I was not the only one who found the situation interesting, and a parent and child sitting on a bench were also watching the scene with interest.
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