Change and Continuity of a Family Ritual in Contemporary Urban Japan

  • Melinda Papp

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

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This book presents a case study of shichigosan, an extremely popular childhood family ritual in contemporary Japan.  It is an interesting example of a custom with very ancient roots (going back to the tenth century), that has undergone several transformations during the course of its history, adapting to changing socio-economic and cultural circumstances. Within the study, the ritual unfolds as a shared platform where basic social values, views on children and family life, and individual perceptions emerge, are expressed and moulded at the same time. This book offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of a ritual practice in the intensely urbanized context of present-day Japan.


Ritual Rites of Passage Childhood Family Ritual Japanese family consumer culture Shinto

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  • Melinda Papp
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Japanese StudiesEötvös Loránd UniversitySpain

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