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

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

Our third grandchild.
Our third ‘Okuisome’.
‘Okuisome’ is a Japanese ceremony for new borns – 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.
The dish consists of the following :

  • Sekihan (Sticky rice with aduki beans) and chestnuts
  • 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(栗おこわ)
  • 汁碗 - 蛤
  • 煮物椀 - 季節の煮物 - 竹の子、里芋、さやえんどう、椎茸、人参
  • つぼ椀 - 赤かぶの酢漬け
  • 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大宮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。

Two more dishes for the guests attending the ceremony. (Marinated small horse mackerel and boiled vegetables marinated with Tofu dressing, ‘Shirae’).


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