Omiyamairi (お宮参り) is the first visit a baby makes to a shrine. You can read all the nitty gritty details in this handy wikipedia article if you are interested.
Usually this ceremony takes place on a baby boy`s 31st day of life (and a baby girl`s 32nd day of life), but we are busy people, and it has taken a bit longer for us to get organised.
We celebrated Aiden`s omiyamairi during his 10th week!
We arrived at the shrine (Hiraoka Jinja - on the Kintetesu Nara line) at about 11am and met the photographers who took our pictures pretty much as soon as we got there. That was lucky because it was incredibly hot yesterday (about 33 degrees) and we all sweated off our makeup and started looking very bedraggled very quickly!
Unfortunately I have to wait for those pictures to be developed before posting them, but I promise I will.
Aiden looked cute; my MIL wrote this character 大 on his forehead (in pink lipstick!) which means big, and he wore a white cap and a white bib.
First my MIL wore the kimono and held Aiden. The kimono is not a regular kimono which takes hours to put on, but a kind of wrap-around apron which is much easier. We also tied the following items to the kimono (they are part of a miyamairi set which you can buy at the department store for about 15,000yen) as well as lucky envelopes containing 1000yen notes given to Aiden from friends and family...
After having our pictures taken we went into the shrine where the priests blessed us. They recited a prayer and inserted all our names (and even our address) and swung a tamagushi around a bit. It was nice, and the shrine was lovely and cool and relaxing. We even got to drink a sip of sake after the prayer!
I wanted to take my own photos of us all looking nice and dressed up. It was the first time Yoshi has worn a suit in at least 10 months, so he looked really handsome, and Yoshi`s mum looked nice in her dress too... but I told you it was pretty hot, and Yoshi didn`t stop complaining the whole time we were there. He was in such a rush to leave (and get changed out of his suit) that we had to hurry things along and I couldn`t get any of my own pictures. I finally convinced him to snap a quick picture of me and Aiden just before we hopped in the car. Better than nothing I suppose...
Aiden does not look pleased. I`m sure he would be complaining about the heat if he could! (Hasn`t he grown a lot? He is holding his head up by himself and looks like such a big boy already!)