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.
Pregnancy comes with many things – the good, the bad and the unfamiliar. Of course, the bundle of joy was the greatest perk. Then there were the unpleasant symptoms. In my case, namely constipation, backache, headaches, lethargy and stress. Although the later was more from being a gaijin (foreigner) with a weak grasp of Japanese.
Nonetheless, it was exciting being a first-time expectant mother and I had many insightful mementos added to my inexperience. For instance, finding out that full-term pregnancy was 10 months and not 9 months, was just one of those amusing episodes of my prenatal days.
Here are other things I have encountered, which I think are uniquely Japan. However, I may be wrong so please feel free to let me know. Or better yet, do share if your country or culture does it differently.
Maximum Weight Gain of 10 kg
Sushi – the food to avoid?
Mother-Child Health Handbook & Other documents
Warming the Belly
Husband’s Charming Love
Horrifying Hospital Ordeal
The Giant Food Covering
Hi I’m Blackcabbit’s Baby. I’m really glad that you come to this part of the blog, which is all about me and the nitty-gritty of growing up in Japan. Every country has its unique way of raising a child, here in particular, mummy will share about how Japan does it. Since mummy is a gaijin (non-Japanese), she experienced plenty of culture shocks as well as practices that are noteworthy and amusing. Here are some of the Japanese rituals and events held for me to celebrate major milestones of my life. They do have a certain degree of contemporary adaptations and may vary slightly from ancient traditions.
Oshichiya Meimeishiki (Baby’s Naming Ceremony)
Omiyamairi (Baby’s First Shrine Visit)
Hatsu Zekku (Baby’s First Festival)
Tango no Sekku (Boy’s Day)
Our 100-day-old’s First Meal (Okuizome)
Hatsu Tanjo (Baby’s First Birthday)
Nyuenshiki (School Entrance Ceremony)