Wednesday, August 3, 2011
An Okinawan First Birthday Party (Photo Essay)
A first birthday celebration in Okinawan culture is different from anywhere else in Japan so, I hesitate to title this post as a Japan: Insider's Tip. Call it an Okinawa Insider's Tip, if you'd like.
There goes Nike. He grabbed a calculator first. I must be getting old. It used to be an abacus (soroban in Japanese) they put on the tray. You know, one of those bead calculator things.
Now, all we have left is a bowl of rice. He grabbed some, too without even touching the bowl and stuffed it in his mouth. I'm still trying to figure out what happened to the pen.
The order in which the items were picked up by the child will be recorded and remembered throughout his life. I'm not sure what the parents think. It just wouldn't surprise me if this guy grows up to be a magician.
A birthday cake, singing Happy Birthday and blowing out candles, along with giving presents concluded the ceremony.
Do you have anything similar to an Okinawan first birthday party in your culture ?
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