O-kuizome – An Elaborate Feast for Baby We recently celebrated o-kuizome (お食い初め), baby’s first meal. It is done in hopes that a baby will have no difficulty in procuring food in his/her lifetime. Back in the day, extended relatives and family friends were invited to attend a baby’s o-kuizome. In recent days, it’s done just with parents and grandparents. Some modern families now even conduct o-kuizome as an event just for parents and baby.
O-Shichiya & Meimei-shiki – Japanese Baby Naming Tradition Japanese law mandates that parents submmit a Register of Birth (出生届, shussei todoke) by the time a baby is 14 days old. Parents are busy trying to decide a name as well as its kanji (Chinese characters), Before the Register of Birth is submitted and a baby’s name formally registered at a municipal office, it is tradition in Japan to have a naming ceremony, meimei-shiki, (命名式) during o-shichiya (お七夜), a baby’s 7th night of life.