Blackcabbit's World

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.

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 · 24 Comments

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 · 7 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