O-kuizome: An Elaborate Feast for Baby

Three months after the birth of my daughter, we 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. O-kuizome is a major milestone that comes right after o-miya mairi, baby’s first visit to a shrine. Back in the day, extended relatives and family friends 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 do o-kuizome as an event just for […]

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