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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.

我家の初孫の『お食い初め』。

誕生して早くも100日がたとうとしています。

先月に遅れたお宮参りを済ませたと思ったら、、早速『お食い初め』。

外国育ちの私は知識でした知らなかった儀式ですが、日本の文化に触れる機会。『お食い初め』はじめて作ってみました。コレで良かったのかなぁ〜と思いながらもみんな喜んでくれたから良しとしよう〜と、、ちょっとその日が上機嫌でした。

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  • 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)

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Sekihan (Sticky rice with aduki beans)

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Hagatame no Ishi (Small stone)

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Osui-mono (Clear Soup)

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

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

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