August 17, 2008

First time babycar .

Maybe this is the first time to going by the baby-car.

Before departure. He is relaxing.

Trip around near our home.

Sleeping !

This is a park near our home. It is a small hill.

August 15, 2008

Summer vacation ! (August 8-17)

This is summer vacation season, and I took 10 days vacation from August 8(Fri) to 17(Sun) (included Saturday and Sunday).
This period was called "Obon" (around August 15). Usually we went to my hometown Shizuoka-pref. to meet my parents and sister&brother's family, but this time we spent Osaka due to our baby.

And August 13, I went to an exibition of painter Amedeo Modigliani at The National Museum of Art, Osaka which is located at nakano-shima (small island and located in a cenral of Osaka-city) . My wife couldn't go there because of nursing a baby(we are nursing a baby by turns.)

(See the Map).

At first I took off at Yodoyabashi-sta. which is the starting station of Keihan-train. (Keihan-train is running from central of Osaka to Kyoto and I used this train for going to my office), then walked along the riverside of nakano-shima to the west (where musium is located).

Around nakano-shima island, there are many beautiful scenary like this. This island is a sandbank of Dojima-river and Tosabori-river and there are many beautiful architecture built from meiji-era to the showa-era.

After watching this exibition, I ate a lunch (below pic).
Around here, there are good restaurant with a reasonable price ( I ate kaisen-don which is a rice served in a bowl with tuna, octopus, salmon roe, 780 Yen and delicious !). This erea is business erea, so usually there are many office worker around there, but in this week there are a little officeworker.

After eating lunch, I went back to the east along the riverside of nakano-shima. (Scenary is like this.)
I walked trough higobashi-sta. yodoyabashi-sta. kitahama-sta. and arrived at tenmabashi-sta. It took about 40 min walk.

Omiya mairi (July 26)

We went to a Shinto shrine to do a celemony "Omiya mairi", which was done for a happyness and good health of the baby. And fortunately, there are a big shrine "Naritasan Osaka" neay our home, so we did it there.

It is usual that this celemony is done at 31 days(for boy) or 30 days(for girl) after baby was born, but in the case of our family, parents was not in a good-condition at that time and furthermore we thought that it was not good for baby to go outside, so we did it at 2 months after he was born.

In this shirine, this celemony was done every 2 hours, so we took part in at 9:30 AM. It was done in a way of Shinto-style in a dark hall, incense was burn and a Shinto priest read a sutra and some priest beated a japanese drum (one baby was cried with a big sound!) and the priest read the baby's name (in this celemony, about 10-15 baby was attended) and after celemony was finished, another priest push the special paper at baby's head with cloth's hammer and finished.

This picture was taken after celemony was finished.

We didn't know about the celemony thoroughly untile now but as far as I klnow, almost every family did this celemony. I felt a little strange because as far as we talked them, they didn't seem to be interested in Shrine or Temple or Japanese traditional culture (maybe this is average japanese family below age 40-50), but I think this is good celemony.