Tagged: motherhood in japan

  • A Day in the Life of a Working Mom in Tokyo

    From this month, I’ll be fleshing out the Motherhood in Japan category and sharing my experiences in Japan. Today is a look at a day in the life of a working mom in Tokyo. I work as a kindergarten teacher in a kodomo en (こども園), a special facility that is both daycare and kindergarten. READ: An Inside Look At Daycare in Japan Background Before I begin, I must be incredibly forthright and honest in that my company has been very transparent in the way they adhere to Japanese law. I’ve had absolutely no trouble taking days off for appointments when I was pregnant. Nor did I have trouble taking maternity leave...

  • 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.