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.

Tiger Suit for Tora Boy

A year ago, I was worried that winter may be too much for my skinny cat to bear, so I made a jacket for her (see Gracie’s Jacket). This year, … Continue reading

December 3, 2010 · 2 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
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