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Papier-mache dog for baby (Japanese amulet) [Baby]

Old Japanese tend to give papier-mache dog when new baby is born. This is traditional Japanese amulet to protect baby from various devils, but recently young people are forgetting these customs.

 

Below is the picture of papier-mache dog which was a gift from our grandmother (84 years old). She is a old woman and respects these old customs very much.

 

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The dog is made of paper craft, it weights only about 200g !

It has to be a dog but some how, this THING looks like a cat to me... It carries drums (Taiko) on his/her back - a red drum - The dog use this drum to chase off bale and plague from the baby. Isn't it cute?

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(ご当地キティ)東京限定犬張子キティファスナーマスコット

(ご当地キティ)東京限定犬張子キティファスナーマスコット

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(ご当地キティ)東京限定犬張子キティ根付(ピンク)

(ご当地キティ)東京限定犬張子キティ根付(ピンク)

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江戸小物根付(犬張子)

江戸小物根付(犬張子)

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はっぴぃえんど HelloKitty 十二支物語 開運招福 犬張子 根付ストラップ 20671

はっぴぃえんど HelloKitty 十二支物語 開運招福 犬張子 根付ストラップ 20671

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Baby buggy <Quinny Zapp> [Baby]

We wavered over choosing baby buggy for our child... there were 2 choice.
One is Air Buggy which is 3-wheel type buggy made in Japan. The second one is Quinny Zapp which is also 3-wheel buggy but a little smaller than Air Buggy. The biggest difference was its tire, Air Buggy has real tire like a bicycle with a air in it, which makes the ride so confortable on rough roads or bumps at the sidewalks. However, we actually saw both buggy and chose Quinny Zapp finally.

The reason is its size. Air Buggy is just too big for Japan. It may be OK if you are living in other countries or some province where the aisle and gateways are wide. But everything in Japan is small and narrow as you already know. Air Buggy is I guess the most comfortable buggy for children but just the size... it doesn't fit for Japanese cities.

Anyway, we bought Quinny Zapp and added Maxi-Cosi, a small cradle you can put on while child is 0 to 12 month.
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The red one is the additional cradle (Maxi-Cosi), it can be putted on Quinny but it also becomes car seat.
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Oh, some Japanese may say "Baby Car" (..Japanese english) but they mean baby buggy. They may also say "Child seat" instead of car seat. I guess you get through it but just in case!

http://www.zapp.quinny.com/


Quinny ZAPP 2008 ザップ シトロ

Quinny ZAPP 2008 ザップ シトロ

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Ninna Nanna baby carrier [Baby]

babycarry2.jpg One of our friend more experienced in raising children (she has 2 kids) introduced us this "Ninna nanna" baby carrier, which is I guess reasonable by means of
- You can use it vertically, horizontally, huggy and piggyback either way!
- You can use them just after baby is born and to 30 month (approx when child is 15kg). You can use them for long time!
- Japanese company "Combi" made. (I'm not saying Made in Japan is best but you can say its enough for comfort)
- Not so expensive, about 12K yen in Amazon.com

http://www.combi.co.jp/products/carrier/mcfskv/index.html

I just found out that it is also introduce in xplanet.biz as "Unique gifts from Japan" You should take a look!
http://www.xplanet.biz/StoreBox/kids/cnnmcfskv.htm
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#Sorry the baby isn't in the carrier. Our 20 years old cat is sitting on behalf...)




ニンナナンナ マジカルコンパクト ファースト SK-V ライトブラック

ニンナナンナ マジカルコンパクト ファースト SK-V ライトブラック

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Baby Bjorn - our child loves it [Baby]

babybyorn.jpg Baby Bjorn Baby Sitter 1-2-3 is our child's favorite! Many of you may already know but this baby sitter 1-2-3 is famous for baby stop crying just after putting them on the seat. The seat itself is bouncy and it rocks back and forth on baby's own weight. I guess the pendulum swings and its frequency of vibration is just so comfortable for small child. I don't know whether Baby Bjorn has done precise calculation for product development but I'm sure this frequency means somthing for the child.

http://www.babybjorn.com/Japan/products/Mobility/BABYBJORN-Babysitter-1-2-3/

babybjorn2.jpg I'm sure you can find them in Yahoo! shopping or Rakuten shopping and Amazon. The biggest problem is its price though, it costs 20K yen.... I think it's half the price if you buy it in the mainland. [たらーっ(汗)]





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Baby Bath [Baby]

babybath.jpg Baby bath we just rent came to our house. Most of these baby (infants) goods are only used for several month, it would be more reasonable renting rather than purchasing, as well as ecological point of view. We rent baby goods (baby bath and baby bed) from internet shop below, you can find so many rental shops if you search on google. ( http://www.baby-land.co.jp/ )

As for baby bath, it only costs approx 3000 yen to rent 3 month, for baby bed 12K yen for a year. Isn't it reasonable? You also can ask for catalogue and order thru phone or fax but I guess its much easier on internet.

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Our first baby [Baby]

Yes, this is what made me start blogging all after my idleness. Our first baby was born this March in Toho hospital below, we named her "Sakurako" since the cherry blossom was so beautiful around Megurogawa. Sakura means cherry blossom and "ko" means child in Japanese. I will post some photos at some stage to record her progress of growth. I will also introduce tips to raise children here in Japan which might be also useful for foreigners living in Japan. I hope these information may help in any way.


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