First Use of Magic Celebration

When a kit first uses magic, it's a cause for grand celebration among their kitsune family. This signals the kit survived the most delicate stage of their life. Kitsune have a high mortality rate. So pre-magic kits are loved, but left without a name.  

Observance

The family invites their kith and kin. Each attendee brings a gift wrapped in an indigo dyed furoshiki and a slip of paper wrapped around a blossom or branch picked from the flowers and trees in season.   The gifts are carefully chosen educational toys and magical texts, and the kits will be most excited about those. For the family, it's the paper that is the most anticipated part. One's name signifies their fortune.   The order of the celebration goes like this: everyone sits down for a feast, the kit opens the gifts and picks their name, and the family lights fireworks to announce their kit to the world.  

Food

Wagashi
Green Wagashi by Douglaspperkins
The immediate family serves their favorite dishes with plenty of local specialties - fresh caught fish, inarizushi, rabbit, fowl, fresh picked or pickled vegetables, green tea, and wagashi.

 

Opening the Gifts

After eating, the family sets the kit in the middle of their family and friends with the gifts. No tags indicate the giver. It's a game to guess who gave each present.  

Naming

The family blindfolds the kit and sets them in a circle of the slips of paper. The kit sniffs and tries to use ki to discern which paper has the name that will suit them best. Once chosen, the kit picks up the branch or bloom and delivers it proudly to their parents who read it aloud for the audience's benefit. The one who gave that name will become the kit's godparent. Then they divine the kit's fortune based on number of strokes in the kanji characters and the meaning of each character.  

Grand Finale

Finally, the kitsune clan shoots off a volley of fireworks magically shaped in the name to announce their kit to the world.
furoshiki
Furoshiki by Freepik
Species
Kitsune
Approximate age to perform first magic
Varies from about 2 to 15 years of age. It depends on the examples they see and the complexity of what they try. The complexity is often an indicator of the kit's ability and age of first magic. So parents don't worry if their kit is a late bloomer.
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Inarizushi by topntp26


Cover image: by wirakorn

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Sage LauraVAB
Laura VanArendonk Baugh
20 Jul, 2021 04:29

I love it. Especially the inarizushi. (And now I'm hungry, thanks.) ;-)

5 Aug, 2021 16:04

Thank you!

Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
20 Jul, 2021 17:47

All around utterly adorable!

5 Aug, 2021 16:05

Aww shucks. Thanks!

Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
4 Aug, 2021 15:07

Super cute ceremony and I love the little details you've included.

5 Aug, 2021 16:05

Thank you much!

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