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Japanese style 1st Bday! [Todd's family]

Celebrating my son's [1]st B-day in Japan was a cultural eye-opener. I like living in Japan when I get to learn new things and think in a different way. [爆弾] For example, here in the pic below you see a rice cake with a kanji figure on it (isshomochi). It can be read in 2 ways: 1.8 kilograms or "whole life", meaning that we wish our son to never go hungry his whole life. It shows that in pre-modern Japan people struggled to feed themselves and the infant mortality was high. We should appreciate every meal.[レストラン]


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Leo is wearing the rice cake on his back to represent that life is not easy and we have to struggle to survive.How true!
The red rice and beans above is called sekihan and that is the the literal translation, seki is red and han is rice, while the fish is called Tai, which is sea bream and the Japanese use this term to express pleasure so it shows how seafood, even a fish is part of the Japanese psyche.

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