Date with Baby – Kasai Rinkai Park, Ikspiari, and Disney Resort Line After a period of adjustment back to life in Japan, baby and I went on a half-day date. Out trip, by bus and train, took us around Edogawa in Tokyo and Maihama in Chiba. We visited Kasai Rinkai Park, then headed to Ikspiari, a Disney themed shopping mall. Finally, we rode the Disney Resort Line (Disney monorail) to Tokyo Disney Sea before heading home.
Inu no Hi – A Shrine Visit for Pregnant Women It is said that of all the animals, dogs have relatively easy and smooth pregnancies. Therefore, on Inu no Hi (戌の日, literally “day of the dog”) Japanese women go to a shrine during the 5th month of pregnancy to pray to help get her through the remainder of her pregnancy and to have a safe delivery.
Scent of My Childhood – Baby and Wisteria at Kameido Tenjin Hands down, wisteria is my favorite flower simply because it reminds me of my grandmother. In her backyard, there were lots of trees with wisteria vines. When the weather was fine, she’d leave the backdoor open and the smell of wisteria would permeate the house.
O-Miya Mairi – Taking Baby to a Shrine O-miya mairi (お宮参り) is a performed at a shrine to give thanks for a baby’s first month of life. When o-miya mairi is done with in-laws and parents, it is customary for the paternal grandmother to hold the new baby, as the mother is believed to be weak after childbirth. My in-laws were unable to return to Tokyo in March; it was simply my husband and I to celebrate this occasion. Once again, we headed to Kameido Tenjin, but this time with baby in tow.