We did ours in two days. It was Rika's first time and she was the main event, but we decided to do both girls for convenience. Rika actually turns 4 tomorrow and Hana turns 7 next February. The first day the girls wore traditional kimonos and took pictures at the studio and then we visited Kanda Shrine for the ceremony. This is pretty famous shrine in Yonago, especially for New Years and is also where Junko and I had our wedding ceremony.
For the ceremony, we all sit down in the shrine facing the alter. The priest first waves a staff with paper lightning shapes to purify us. Then he plays the drums to awaken the Kami spirit residing in the yasiro building behind the alter. He then kneels before the alter and reads from a white folded paper for this particular ceremony. At the appropriate time, he reads the names of those the ceremony is being done for. He not only gives their names, but must read the address. The Kami has to know who the person is and where exactly they live. He bows again and claps, finishing the rites. Afterward, the girls received wooden arrow good luck charms and long, thick stick candy that represents growing up straight and healthy. We went back to the studio to return the kimono for Rika and we had lunch at a family restaurant., a rare occasion for the Winters.
The second day, we went back to the studio and the girls took pictures with western dresses and played princess. They had a grand time and both looked great. Rika especially is a natural in front of the camera. The photos are not cheap and photo studios make a lot of money at this time of year. I post more pictures when we get them.