Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
We went over to my parents’ house last Sunday to do Okuizome (お食い初め) for Linc. Okuizome is one of the Japanese rituals held since the Heian period to celebrate your baby’s 100th day and to express a wish that your baby will have no trouble getting food for the rest of his/her life. Linc’s 100th day is August 5th, but we decided to do it just a little earlier.
What we do is to prepare a dinner that includes a big fish like a Tai (鯛, sea bream), soup with big clams, red rice, some stewed vegetables, and pickled vegetables. Each of those food should be served in a small lacquerware (塗物) dish (some sample images). Also, pick up some small stones in a shrine garden and put them beside the food to wish your baby strong teeth.
This is the traditional way to do Okuizome (I’m sure there are regional differences in details), but we decided not to use lacquerware and instead bought some nice oven-safe dishes that Linc can use when he starts eating solid foods. After you have the whole dinner ready, you do a little acting. As if your baby has started eating solid foods, you bring the food to his/her mouth. Linc had some spoons of warm water and was only mildly interested in the other dishes, but he was drooling the whole time. Linc is now a big boy and can sit up a little, and that seems to make him drool more.
The chair he is sitting in is a gift from his uncle Mitsuhiro (満弘) and has been very useful. The seat back angle is adjustable and is usable from 0 to about 3 years old. It has a little table you can attach to and also swings back and forth and plays music.
After a while we heard him saying he was done with the food and wanted milk as a second course, so rest of us finished the food In the evening, we all went to Chinatown in Yokohama and enjoyed a Chinese dinner course. Peking duck is my favorite, yummy…