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Summer Festivals 2014

Take time to visit some of the many summer dance festivals taking place all over the city. Shinjuku Eisa (Okinawan Dance) Festival Date: July 27 Time: 12pm – 8pm http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/ Location Map: http://www.shinjuku-eisa.com/ Jiyuugaoka Bon Odori Date: July 31 – August 3 Time: 6pm – 9pm http://www.jiyugaoka-abc.com/event/bonodori2013.html Location: Jiyuugaoka Station   …

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Surviving Japanese Kindergarten (Yochien)

I thought preparing for Japanese kindergarten (yochien) was overwhelming. In hindsight, it`s a breeze compared to the responsibilities given to Yochien mothers once school begins – especially as a foreigner. This is my experience, as well as some tips, for surviving the first two months as a yochien mom. If …

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Earthquake Preparation with WaNavi

  Earthquakes are frequent in Japan. There have been nearly 3000 earthquakes in and around Japan since 3/11/11 as seen on the Japan Quake Map. It is important to take proactive steps to protect yourself and your family to survive an Earthquake Disaster.   Earthquake Preparation Tips – Have at least a …

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Building Maintenance

I haven’t been blogging regularly for several months now. I had to take a blog break last autumn as my `spirited` baby girl refused to sleep or nap. Also because our building was and still is undergoing inspection, maintenance and construction. In Japan, buildings are required to have inspection and maintenance …

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Aiiku Hospital & Dr. Sakamoto`s Fee

  Aiiku Hospital Philosophy “In order to ensure the happiness and healthy growth of all mothers and babies, Aiiku Hospital provides high-quality medical care and supportsa safe and comfortable pregnancy, labor/delivery, and child-rearing.” — Aiiku Hospital Fundamental Policies “In accordance with the mission of Aiiku Hospital as well as its …

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Nisseki Hospital Delivery Fee

For those soon-to-be mothers shopping around for a good hospital to deliver at Nisseki Hospital. A friend of mine  said the doctors do not administer epidurals and the midwives at the hospital speak limited English or none at all. Nisseki Hospital Address: 4-1-22 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo (map) Phone:  03-3400-1311 Website: …

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How to Buy an Electric Bike

I test drove a few mama-charis at Motovelo, an electric bike store at Daikanyama`s T-site. They have a variety of bikes you can take for a ride; you can take a test ride with your child in it too. My Japanese friends said the most popular brands on the market were either …

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Japanese Vaccination Schedule

A few mothers asked me about the differences in the US and Japanese Vaccination Schedules. I hope this post helps clarify the issue. Click on the links below for the U.S. and Japanese Immunization/Vaccination Schedules. The immunization price list for Dr. Kurosu at Primary Care Tokyo in Shimokitazawa is listed at …

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Hourly Day Care (Ichiji Hoiku)

I was informed by my Japanese friend that a few Tokyo Metropolitan Government certified nurseries offer “ichiji hoiku” (hourly day care) at ¥500/hour (the rate for the ones I visited in Meguro-ku). I couldn`t believe it; ¥500/hour to leave your child with extremely nice and highly trained teachers, in a …

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