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Hatsu Sekku: Momo no Sekku and Tango no Sekku

What Is Hatsu Sekku? To start, we need to look at the Japanese language and brush up on some history. Hatsu (初) means first while sekku (節句) are one of five annual ceremonies of the Japanese imperial court. Most of these celebrations have the roots in China and came to Japan during the Nara Period.

Inu no Hi – A Shrine Visit for Pregnant Women

According to tradition, out of all the animals, dogs have relatively easy and smooth pregnancies…Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “lucky dog,” doesn’t it? Therefore, on Inu no Hi (戌の日, literally “day of the dog”) Japanese women go to a shrine or temple during the 5th month of pregnancy. They pray for aid in getting through the remainder of the pregnancy and to have a safe delivery.