This is the final installment in my “A Year with Baby” series. And, it will probably be the realest post here on Baby Kaiju. I can’t stress enough how underprepared I was (am) for this moming thing. And knowing that there are moms out there with multiple children, I’m speechless. How do you do manage?
Children all over the world know Eric Carle and his works, but it seems like his books and characters have made a significant impact in Japan. Cementing Eric Carle’s status as (perhaps) Japan’s most celebrated children’s author is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Cafe. This whimsical cafe is in Ginza, Tokyo and is based on his beloved book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
My little monster is officially one year old! Over the past twelve months several of her major development milestones were highlighted with a corresponding Japanese tradition. But nothing could prepare me for the practice of isshou mochi (一生餅).
This master post features all major ceremonial milestones for pregnant women and babies in Japan. A majority of these milestones have Shinto roots and are an important part of Japanese culture. The most recent event is listed first.