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 According to tradition, out 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.
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 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.
Birth in Japan- Natural or Epidural? Giving birth in the US was never an option for me. Considering the logistics of flying back to the US in my third trimester, finding a hospital which suited me, and returning to Japan with a newborn in tow, but not before taking trip a to the Japanese consulate in Atlanta for documents and applying for baby’s US and Japanese passports, I figured it would be wise to take care if everything in Tokyo.
Being pregnant is a life-changing event. Being pregnant abroad is certainly nerve-racking. Please use this simple guide to help you navigate the very basics of being pregnant in Japan.
Japanese Celebrations for Baby This master post features all major ceremonial milestones for pregnant women and babies in Japan. I will update this page as Baby Kaiju grows, so please check periodically! The most recent event is listed first.
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.
A quick reference guide to navigating your pregnancy and birth in Japan. Or, if you’re curious to know what it’s like being pregnant and giving birth abroad, please read about my experience! Pregnant in Japan Pregnancy Pampering- How I Treated Myself Pregnant in Japan- The Basics Birth in Japan Natural or Epidural? – Birth in Japan My Birth Story – Birth in Japan My Hospital Stay – Birth in Japan