January 15 is ko shougatsu (小正月), the end of the traditional New Year. The hago ita (羽子板) will finally be taken down and the countdown to spring will begin! As it’s the end of the New Year, today’s post will be about the Japanese way of celebrating a baby’s first new year, known as hatsu shougatsu (初正月, literally, “one’s first new year”).
Christmas is finally here! After months of waiting, it’s time to celebrate baby’s Hajimete no Kurisumasu (初めてのクリスマス/first Christmas). It’s a fantastic opportunity to dress up your kids in Santa suits and dresses, reindeer ears, and snowman themed anything. Japan already loves Christmas cake, so there’s tons of photo opportunity for baby and their first cake.
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.
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 Like what you just read? Like Baby Kaiju on Facebook, follow me on Instagram, or sign up for e-mail updates!