Changing Diapers in My Closet – Hack My Japanese Home I “hacked” the closet (押入れ, o-shiire) in our Japanese room (和室, washitsu) and turned it into a diaper command center. Why? I’m short, but I have long legs, and lots of changing tables were too awkward to use. We live in an average sized condo with three rooms, one of which is a Japanese room with tatami flooring. Husband and I have our bedroom, Kokuto has always had his own room, and it was my dream that if we could have kids, the kids and Kokuo would grow up to be roommates. Obviously, the changing table would go in baby’s room, but…
Birth in Japan – Hospital Stay In Japan, the hospital stay can be anywhere from 4 to 10 days, depending on choice of hospital or birth clinic. Extended days are usually for women who delivered via C-Section or who had a birth with complications. In the case of my birth clinic, I had a 4 day stay. As with my prenatal visits, every thing that would happen throughout my hospital stay was meticulously detailed in my hospital handbook. Daily checkups for baby and me, blood tests, breastfeeding “classes”, baby care “classes”- nearly every hour was scheduled for us. At first, I hated the idea of staying in the hospital after […]
Date with Baby – Japanese Passport & Pickup in Shinjuku Baby just got out of the womb not too long ago, and already she has TWO international trips planned this year. Lucky girl! I did my first international flight at 19- she’s going on her first flight at 5 months!
Month 3 with Baby – Finally I Can Smile After all I’ve experienced with baby, I really felt a return to normalcy in April. My mother-in-law even during a phone call commented on how cheery my voice was. I didn’t take her comment lightly. I appreciated that she recognized my struggle and helped me in my first month by coming to Tokyo. Of course, everything isn’t perfect, but I am definitely starting to feel like myself, more than before.
Owning a Dog in Japan – A Guide to Welcoming Your New Best Friend So you’ve settled in nicely in Japan and want a bit of companionship, but not necessarily looking for a romantic relationship. Have you considered sharing your life with a dog? Please keep in mind that owning a dog is a lifetime commitment that requires money, time, and patience. If you think you’ve got what it takes or are simply curious about owning a dog in Japan, read on.
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.
Rabies Vaccine for Kokuto Japan is one of the few regions in the world, along with Iceland, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Hawaii, and Guam, which can claim to be free of rabies. To keep Japan rabies-free, two ministries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) and the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare (MHLW) work together to make sure that the Rabies Prevention Law is upheld and that Japan remains rabies-free.
Okuizome – 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 friendLibrarys 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.
Birth in Japan- My Birth Story On the day I gave birth, I had no idea that I was going into labor. I had cramps since 3 A.M, but they weren’t anything like my menstrual cramps, which were always painful. In child birthing classes, labor pains were always compared to menstrual cramps, which terrified me. These cramps had a rhythm, and were coming every 7 minutes or so. I called my clinic and was assured that if there was no bleeding I would be fine, but do call again if the pain intensified. I ignored the cramps and went back to sleep.