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.
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.
Pregnancy and Birth in Japan – A Reference Guide 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!
Post Pregnancy Weight Loss I don’t want to say “post-baby body” because it’s still the same body. I didn’t switch bodies or upgrade any of my parts. It’s still the same body, technically, but it’s changed. I understand now when moms say, “This body birthed a baby.”
Month 2 with Baby – I Think I Know What I’m Doing Baby now weighs 5.2kg and is 55.9cm! It’s surreal that all she drinks is breast milk and still she’s grown so much! Two months in, our daily routine has become stabilized, so much that I don’t need to rely on a clock at times. I always know when it’s 9:30am or 4:30pm because that’s when we go for our walks, and that’s exactly when she becomes fussy. Baby loves going for her walks in the stroller, and I love being out of the house. It’s spring, the cherry blossoms are beautiful, and the sun feels so good on my […]
A Breastfeeding Journey – My Experience in Japan From my experience, breastfeeding is encouraged here in Japan. Just like natural births are the norm, it’s almost expected that new moms will breastfeed. Back in 2011, I was a graduate student and taught mommy and toddler English classes as a part-time job. the mothers, four of them, routinely fed in the middle of class. The first time a mother fed in class, I was surprised. Not by the sight of seeing a woman breastfeed, but rather at how smoothly it all went. From the way my student was positioned, I had no idea what was going on. I simply thought she […]
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.
O-Shichiya & Meimei-shiki – Japanese Baby Naming Tradition In Japan, a Register of Birth (出生届, shussei todoke) must be submitted by the time a baby is 14 days old. By this time, a baby’s name must be decided. 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.