I earlier wrote a post on the birth of my wife and I’s first baby Tina titled “I’m a New Daddy!”. You can read it by clicking here. Tina is a little over 7 weeks old now and is doing very well. I’m crazy about her. She is over 5 kilograms now and puts a smile on my face everyday. (^.^) My wife Akemi is doing well too. She recovered quickly after giving birth and is taking care of Tina full-time. I really appreciate all the work she’s doing taking care of Tina and still cooking dinner for me at the same time. Akemi takes care of Tina most of the time however I help out a bit when I’m home.
Teaching English conversation (英会話) at my English school in Japan at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi (スミス英会話塚口校) and being married to my Japanese wife Akemi allows me to learn a lot about Japanese culture and to experience it firsthand. Last Sunday, I had the opportunity to experience Omiyamairi (お宮参り, literally “shrine visit”). Omiyamairi is a traditional Shinto rite of passage in Japan for newborns. About one month after birth, a child is brought to a Shinto shrine by the parents and grandparents to express gratitude to the deities for the child’s birth and to have a shrine priest pray for his or her good health and happiness. These days Omiyamairi is generally held one month to 100 days after the birth of a child. You can read more about it by clicking here. Tina’s ceremony was held at the Nishinomiya Ebisu (西宮恵比寿) shrine in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. My wife Akemi, her parents, her 2 brothers and I attended this ceremony. Before going to the shrine, we all went to a photo studio in Tsukaguchi, Amagasaki to have photos taken, both family ones and some with Tina only. She wore a Japanese kimono in some of them. (^.^) After the photos were taken, we chose some of the photos for an album. The whole photo studio and Omiyamairi experience was wonderful. Japanese culture truly is amazing. I am thankful to my Japanese family for having given me the opportunity to experience this bit of Japanese culture and really appreciated having them all there for Tina. (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi