Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
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 serving time in my horrible 9-day hospitalization, we did our Oshichiya differently right from the start.
Typically… Once the baby’s name is decided, the father will have it handwritten in Japanese calligraphy on the Meimeisho (命名書 / Name Certificate). The Meimeisho can be in a form of a scroll, poster, or fancy cardboard, and will be displayed prominently in the house.
Relatives and friends will gather around the whitely dressed newborn and present their gifts or Shugibukuro (祝儀袋 / Monetary gifts in a special envelope). Then the celebratory dinner is served, and two auspicious dishes will definitely be on the menu: Sekihan (赤飯 / red rice) and Tai (鯛 / Sea Bream). More info on these dishes here.
As for us, we celebrated the Oshichiya three weeks later, on a Saturday afternoon where we had our annual Sakura-viewing BBQ with our relatives. Instead of Sekihan and Tai, we had a variety of grilled seafood and meat; beer and alcohol for lunch.
As for the Meimeisho, my mother-in-law got us a contemporary tri-fold cardboard type that is printer-friendly. Though my husband has beautiful handwritings, he was too nervous to flaunt his calligraphy skill in limelight. Hence, he succumbed to the temptation of using computer wordings.
As for Baby, he basked in so much attention that eventually exhausted him. He snoozed right through the event, which is perfect for us. Plus with so many relatives offering to babysit, my husband and I sneaked out for the Hanami (花見 / Cherry Blossom Viewing). Though I was excited with my first Hanami, I soon realized that I’m not a flower person, cos I ended up staring at food stalls instead of the Sakura! ^_^”