Far East does not have a long tradition of representing pregnancy and childbirth. However we found a Ming dynasty stone statue dating from 15th century. Japan during the Meiji (XIXth century) launched a series of educative posters engraved on woodblocks that depicted all phases of fecondation and pregnancy. They are stored in the University of California San Francisco (UCSF)
The two large relions of Japan, Buddhism and Shintoism, present in their temples, their cemeteries and their shrines images and statues evoking fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and the good health of the baby to be born.In modern Japan, thousands of women visit these places and make offerings to accompany their prayers
Hokusai, within his abundant production, has only once represented a pregnant woman
We found a few ancient fertility amulets in the Flea Market in Beijing, but it is probable that many Chinese still use them, perhaps in relation with the One Child policy..