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Anzan Kigan: Praying for safe birth 安産祈願

In my Sept. 20 column in The Japan Times, I wrote about an interesting custom associated with anzan kigan (安産祈願), or praying for a safe birth. 386 more words

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Memoirs From Pregnancy to Childbirth – Part Three

Warming the Belly

My mother-in-law said that Japanese pregnant women traditionally swaddled their abdomens for warmth and support, making the tummy a safe and snug place for their baby to grow. 410 more words

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Dog Day (犬の日)

The subject of religious days in Japan can be fairly complex as most are a fusion of indigenous Shintoism, Bhuddism and whatever else was around, so if any of the following is not 100% correct to some, then my apologies in advance. 674 more words