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My dearest Japanese friend, Hitomi-san with her newborn, Harumi-chan after his Omiyamaeri, (おみやまえ) a traditional Shinto ceremony to pray for a baby’s health and happiness. This ceremony occurs on the 31st day for boys and the 32nd day for girls. Here, Hitomi wears a traditional cloth, from which hang money envelopes. On Haruya-chan, the chinese character for “big” 大 is marked. Girls are marked with the character for “small” 小…Typically, only the grandparents of the baby are invited, but Hitomi allowed me to share in the experience for both of her children. It was such an honor. Taken in Osaka, Japan. (Split tone B&W)_

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Valerie Rosen is a social documentary photographer, best recognized for her evocative portraiture from the streets of India and Nepal. She and her camera gear are currently based in her native Montreal, Canada, working as a freelance portrait and events photographer and private photography coach. Please send a bubblemail for inquiries. Thanks for visiting!

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  • LouJay
    LouJayover 4 years ago

    Very sweet Val!

  • isn’t it! thanks, lou! ;-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • SRana
    SRanaover 4 years ago

    what a lovely smile you’ve capture. the children is also very adorable. all around an excellent image

  • thank you so much, SRana! really appreciate it! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

    What a wonderful honor and experience for you Val! Fantastic capture and what great memories for you! :))

  • It’s a very special memory, indeed! thanks, kylie! :-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertover 4 years ago

    Such a sweet capture, adorable!

  • very pleased by your comment, kim! thanks! ;-) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • JodieT
    JodieTover 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, I haven’t seen or heard of this before so a wonderful story too. Striking in b/w.

  • completely missed this one, jodie!! thanks so much for commenting! really appreciate the feedback! cheers, val :-)

    – Valerie Rosen

  • Jen Waltmon
    Jen Waltmonalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image, Val. I was just in Tokyo in October, and I just love the Japanese traditions. Brilliant work :)

  • pat gamwell
  • wonderful! thanks so much, pat! happy new year! hope you’re feeling better than ever!! :-)) val

    – Valerie Rosen

  • CriscoPhotos
    CriscoPhotosover 3 years ago

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