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Japanese ceremony for new borns – “Okuisome” | お食い初め

This is a Japanese ceremony for new borns – “Okuisome” – a weaning ceremony; a Japanese tradition held out on the 100th day after birth. It is the ‘First Meal’ of a child in which the ritual is held in hope that the baby will have abundance of food for his/her entire life.







  • Sekihan (Sticky rice with aduki beans)
  • Osui-mono (Clear Soup) – a clam is used in hope that the child will meet a perfect partner, as like the shell being a perfect fit.
  • Tai (Sea Bream) – shares the same homonym with Happy; Joyous; Auspicious and sea bream is also considered a symbol of wealth and prosperity.
  • Hagatame no Ishi (Small stone). “Biting” a smooth stone is an act to ensure the growth of strong healthy teeth. The stone is to be borrowed (returned when finished) from the shrine in which the Omiyamairi ceremony took place.
  • Nimono (Seasonal stewed food) – I used the bamboo in hope that our grandson will grow fast and without difficulty just like a bamboo.
  • Kono-mono (Pickled vegetables)
  • 飯椀 - お赤飯
  • 汁碗 - 蛤、ジュンサイ
  • 煮物椀 - 季節の煮物 - 竹の子、フキ、さやえんどう、椎茸
  • つぼ椀 - 赤かぶと柿の酢漬け
  • 高杯 - 歯が丈夫になるよう歯固めの石(福石)  – しわができるまで長生きするように梅干しなどを盛り付けました。歯固めの石はお宮参りをした根津神社からお借りして戻しました。
  • 鯛皿 - 塩メレンゲ蒸し焼きにしました。

Tai (Sea Bream)



Sekihan (Sticky rice with aduki beans)


Hagatame no Ishi (Small stone)


Osui-mono (Clear Soup)


Nimono (Seasonal stewed food) – Bamboo shoot, Fuki, Sayaendo, Shitake Mushrooms


Kono-mono (Pickled vegetables) – Pickled red turnips with persimmon


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