Sunday, June 10, 2012

Baby Shower - American Style

Yesterday two of my sisters from the Kansai Branch threw me a baby shower. Baby showers are not something people do in Japan so all of the Japanese women who came got to experience one for the first time. We had a brunch, which was delicious and featured actual breakfast sausage that Rachel had to specially order (I know, back to food but it was a real treat) and then played some games.

 Here we are flashing peace signs, there was some Japanese influence at the event.  Left to right, in the front row is Setsuko-san, me, Lisa, back row is Rachel (our host for the shower), Sister Zinke, Sakamoto-sensei, Ayumi-san, Sister Dalling, Sherilyn, Hazel, and Stephenie (who not only did a lot of the organizing but built the diaper "cake").
 One of the gifts was a baby yukata, sort of like a kimono but meant for warm weather.  Kim, the woman the gift was from, stated that every baby born in Japan needs to have one.
 I would have to say the most entertaining game involved everyone using toilet paper to guess how big around I am.
 Lisa made the best guess.
 Everyone else guessed a little big - I've still got two months but I don't think I'll grow another two feet in circumference.
I'm very grateful for all the friends I've made here.  It has and will definitely make it easier to have a baby so far away from family.  In Japan women usually have their moms present at the delivery, instead of husbands, and then go back home for a month so their moms can take care of them.  There are many things I've seen here that I think my mom would love, I know this is one of them.  She's got all her passport paperwork submitted and, even though she won't be here for the birth, I'm sure she'll make it here within the next two years now that she's got a grandbaby on the way.


  1. I know it was just an oversight but in your first paragraph you mentioned food games etc., but forgot to say you also received beautiful baby gifts. I know since you showed me everything on Skype this morning. Also - if I come to Japan it will be to see YOU - not just the grandbaby.

  2. you're right, I received beautiful gifts from everyone, not just the yukata

  3. That is so much fun to have a baby shower Japanese style. I love the yukata, it looks comfy. So fun...