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.

Blackcabbit’s Baby

Introducing the Family…

Dionnie Takahashi Family

Memoirs From Pregnancy to Childbirth

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.

Contents at a Glance:

Maximum Weight Gain of 10 kg
Sushi – the food to avoid?

Maternity Badge
Mother-Child Health Handbook & Other documents
Parenting Class

Warming the Belly
Bellyband Ceremony
Husband’s Charming Love

Horrifying Hospital Ordeal
Hospital Mementos
Birth notification
Feline Siblings
The Giant Food Covering

Baby Celebrations – the Japanese Way

Japanese Baby Celebrations
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.

Contents at a Glance:

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)


8 comments on “Blackcabbit’s Baby

  1. Blackgodzilla
    November 2, 2013

    Dear Blackcabbit,

    It’s been a while since we last talk. Glad to hear that everything is going well for you and your family (especially little fireball). My wife and I were blessed again on 26th of October with a new baby girl (nickname Mimi) in our family. It is back to square one for us, and I will using your post once again. Thank you again for sharing your experiences.

    • blackcabbit
      November 3, 2013

      Omedeto Blackgodzilla and Hiroko! Another great blessing near Christmas. May this Christmas be filled with tons of family bliss for you! ^_^

  2. Kate
    December 3, 2011

    How can i get an issho mochi set? because I tried to go to 一升餅.com and it doesnt work

    • blackcabbit
      December 3, 2011

      Dear Kate,
      I clicked on my link and it’s still working. Maybe the kanji on the link is causing the trouble. So here is their homepage URL:

      To see what they offer, here is the item link:

      Hope this help ^_^b

      • Kate
        December 4, 2011

        thank you!

  3. Blackgodzilla
    October 26, 2011

    Hello Blackcabbit!

    Thank you for sharing your experiences.

    Me and my wife Hiroko had our baby on Christmas Day 2010 (an experience we will never forget) and your post have help me out greatly. Over the past year, I found myself returning here and reading your post to help plan celebrations of our son. I want to make sure that I thank you before his Hatsu Tanjo in December.

    At first, it was hard for my wife to explain the many Japanese traditions and celebrations to me and my family back in America, but thanks to you and reading your posts she was able to close the gap we were missing.

    Thank You again and I will be in touch.

    • blackcabbit
      October 26, 2011

      Dearest Blackgodzilla (LOL, I love your nickname),
      U are most welcome! Hey our sons are same of age. Cool! Glad you find my babblings useful :P Your wonderful comments truly made my day. Yes please stay in touch! Hug your little guy for me on his Hatsu Tanjo ^_^V

      • Blackgodzilla
        October 27, 2011

        You are most welcome and I am glad my post made your day!

        Your BLOG has help me out big time in many ways, I guess hearing it from the point of view from someone who is not accustomed to it helps out in the end.
        I’m recommending your BLOG to other couple here in the Yokosuka area who I know that are having trouble with similar experiences. I plan on giving the little man a hug and more on his Hatsu Tanjo, just like he did us last Christmas. \(*^o^*)v

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