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D47 Project Children’s Tools Exhibit, Shibuya – Japanese Gifts for Kids – Ends June 11, 2017

D47 Project Children's Tools Exhibit

Stumbled across this beautiful D47 Project Children’s Tools Exhibit the other day having lunch at the D47 Shokudo. If you are looking for Japan designed and made gifts for children, this exhibit is the perfect solution. You can find products from the 47 prefectures of Japan including child size bowls …

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Easter Goodies in Japan

Easter Goodies in Japan

Finding Easter Goodies in Japan can be quite the challenge with limited quantities which sell out quickly. Easter is Sunday, April 16th so hop to it! We completed a store check yesterday (March 9th) and found Easter goodies including chocolate bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans available at the stores listed …

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Common Illnesses and Terms Among Young Children in Japan

We`ve listed a few of the most common illnesses among young children in Japan; the Japanese pronunciation, English translation and ways to describe sickness / pain. Please keep this list handy when visiting your local Japanese clinic. If you have some to add please leave in the comment section below. Japanese …

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Okadaya Shinjuku – Six Floors of Fabric and Seven Floors of Accessories

Okadaya

Okadaya Shinjuku is a great place to go to for textiles. They have two buildings; one with six floors of fabric (cotton, velvet, silk, satin, organic cotton, fleece, velor, wool, etc), traditional Japanese materials and other special textiles; and the adjacent building carries seven floors of basic materials (buttons, thread, string), …

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Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets – Niku no Hanamasa (肉のハナサ)

Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets

If you have a big family or big eaters, and live in central Tokyo one of your go to supermarket shopping locations should be Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets (Niku no Hanamasa (肉のハナサ). Hanamasa is a wholesale supermarket whose roots began as a supplier to restaurants, but is now open to the public …

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Ameyokocho – Tokyo Deal Shopping

If you are a bargain shopper, Ameyokocho is a must visit in Tokyo. We visited yesterday, and it was crazy busy with shoppers negotiating deals on crab, tuna, sneakers and bags. My favorite items to buy in Ameyokocho are nuts, dried beans and spices that are much cheaper than in …

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Tsutaya Electrics Futakotamagawa – An Art and Technology Store

Tsutaya Electrics

Tsutaya Electrics in Futakotamagawa is my new favorite place to sit back, relax and enjoy a good book with or without the kids while browsing their art, appliances, and home space. Located near the creative DIY Factory where you can learn, make, buy DIY products; the 100 Spoons Family Restaurant, Futakotamaga Park, …

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Preparing for Winter – Top 10 Japan Essentials

Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter 2016 - 2017

Winter is just around the corner. Wanted to share my curated recommendations on preparing for winter – 10 Items to make living in Japan more comfortable. Below are products that have excellent customer reviews in Amazon.co.jp, and are shipped for free immediately from Amazon.  If you have your recommendations, please …

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Søstrene Grene, Jingue Mae – Great Value Scandinavian Home Accessories and Crafts

Søstrene Grene

Søstrene Grene a Scandinavian design home accessories, kitchen ware, gifts, stationery and interior furnishings chain has opened their first store in Japan.  The store is located right off the main Omotesando strip behind Omotesando Hills. The store offers super value items from yarn, paint, and beads to candles and end tables for your apartment. …

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