Blackcabbit's World

Bit by bit, the Blackcabbit crafts its nest of DIY handmade art and illustrates a kingdom of doodle critters to beautify the world she lives in.

A Nerve-racking Start of a Pre-school Life

Kindergarten life begins… My son the Fireball, who is now 3 years old, had his first Nyuenshiki (入園式 / School Entrance Ceremony) on 10th April. It did not begin well. … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · 4 Comments

My Nesting Instinct & My First Garage Sale Event

Have you been wondering why I haven’t been blogging much lately? Well, it is time to share my secret… I’m 34th-week pregnant and is blessed with a baby girl. I’m … Continue reading

October 31, 2012 · 4 Comments

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way 5 (First Birthday)

Not a Cake but a Mochi In Japan, there is a tradition that is celebrated only once in a lifetime, a special custom for all the one year olds on … Continue reading

March 10, 2011 · 19 Comments

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way 2 (First Shrine Visit)

Omiyamairi – Baby’s First Shrine Visit In Japan, whenever a newborn is over a month old, his or her parents will bring the child to a nearby Shinto shrine for … Continue reading

July 28, 2010 · 6 Comments

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way 1 (Naming Ceremony)

Oshichiya Meimeishiki – Baby’s Naming Ceremony In Japan, we have a naming ceremony for the newborn on the seventh night, known as the Oshichiya Meimeishiki (お七夜命名式). Since I was still … Continue reading

July 14, 2010 · 8 Comments

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way 4 (First Meal)

Our 100-day-old’s First Meal Today, Baby is 100 days old! We had the Okuizome (お食い初め / “First Meal”) for him. Okuizome is a Japanese tradition that parents carry out on … Continue reading

June 17, 2010 · 18 Comments

Memoirs From Pregnancy to Childbirth – Part Four

Horrifying Hospital Ordeal I was already in the end of 41-week. Baby was way overdue. Though he was in normal cephalic position, there was no big contraction. Hence, I was … Continue reading

June 7, 2010 · 11 Comments

Memoirs From Pregnancy to Childbirth – Part Three

Warming the Belly My mother-in-law said that Japanese pregnant women traditionally swaddled their abdomens for warmth and support, making the tummy a safe and snug place for their baby to … Continue reading

May 18, 2010 · 8 Comments

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way 3 (First Festival)

Baby’s First Festival A Japanese baby’s first festival celebration is known as Hatsu zekku (初節句). Only the initial event that falls under the five major festivals (Gosekku – 五節句) can … Continue reading

May 14, 2010 · 2 Comments

Memoirs From Pregnancy to Childbirth – Part Two

Maternity Badge After notifying our local municipal office about my pregnancy, I was given a few items. One of them was a badge with a message – おなかに赤ちゃんがいます (I have … Continue reading

May 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

Memoirs From Pregnancy to Childbirth – Part One

Maximum Weight Gain of 10 kg In Japan, doctors believe that overweight mums-to-be may have a higher risk of pregnancy or childbirth complications. Hence, all expectant mothers are told to … Continue reading

May 5, 2010 · 4 Comments
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