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Welcome to Best Living Japan.com!

Best Living Japan (ベストリビングジャパン) provides Japan-specific lifestyle information for globally minded families. We share activities, events and information that we believe is useful and fun for families living in Japan. We are not “experts” on Japan, we are two moms who have combined six children ages (17-2 years), and over 25 years living in Japan.  We are sharing what we love about Japan. If you have a community event to share please submit at this link to be considered for promotion on Best Living Japan. We also work with other contributors to share their content on BestLivingJapan!

Our motto is Learn, Laugh and Live! – Lauren & Sandra


Lauren Bliss Kawasaki  (川﨑ブリス ローレン)

kawasaki family
Kawasaki Family – Fall 2015

Hello,  I am an American mother of four curious and creative kids (nursery, elementary, middle and high school) and one very supportive husband who is a Japan native. In total, I have lived in Japan for 18 years (over three stints). For the past 20+ years, I have been on the corporate track; gaining an MBA from Harvard Business School, working brand management at Clorox, helping to start BabyCenter.com and finally working 14 years at Amazon.com and .jp. In 2014, I retired from corporate life and am now a totally happy stay-at-home-mom and budding entrepreneur. Best Living Japan is me following my passion and sharing it with others. I hope that you enjoy the information provided. If you see me biking, yelling at my kids, or walking my dog stop me and say hello.


Sandra Takada     (高田 サンドラ)

takada family
Takada Family – Fall 2015

Hi, I`m an asian-American mother of two little ones (nursery & kindergarten) living in Tokyo. I studied software engineering in the U.S.. After 5 years of programming & consulting I took a sabbatical year and moved to Japan, traveled around Asia, and met my husband in Tokyo. I gave birth to my son in 2011 and founded a web-blog called Tokyo Stroller soon after. In late June 2015 Tokyo Stroller merged with Best Living Japan. I could not be more excited about the partnership, and I hope you are too.

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Learn, Laugh and Live!

Lauren & Sandra


About Best Living Japan


  1. This is going to be absolutely fantastic and fun for me to read! Way to get creative Lauren! I will definitely be watching this space! Thanks for sharing! – Lucy

  2. Very Informative and a pleasure to read. Lots of places to visit and explore!! Can’t wait for the next additions! Well Done Lauren!!!

  3. This is going to be a fantastic resource. Thanks so very much. Looking forward to your perspectives.

  4. Terrific idea! Hope to visit one day and this will give me a great head start. Bravo!!!

  5. Thanks Lauren! Great ideas!

  6. Rebecca Susser

    Congrats….will be fun to live Japan vicariously through you. Of course we always hope you make it back to SF some time!

  7. Thanks all for their positive feedback and support. Still a lot more to work! Keep following Best Living Japan!

  8. A new friend shared your sight today. We are empty nesters having moved back here to Tokyo one month ago. We previously lived in Tokyo 30 years ago for 3 year working for GM. Now back for a one year business assignment for my husband, I am anxious to follow your site and hopefully pick up some ideas for enjoying life in Tokyo.

  9. Lina - Love of unique crafts

    Hello Lauren,
    Like many others I do also like your site as I’m frequently travelling into Tokyo for business and staying there for extended periods. Its not always easy to get started in a new city, I mean after first week or so exploring, you start to need proper tips and tricks to really open every city. Having personal guides (e.g. not commercially focused) like yours helps greatly as its far easier to trust and relate to.. Great job!

  10. Hi .. Loved reading your blog and happy to get all the useful and most needed information.. Thankx a ton

  11. Dear Lauren and Sandra,

    We ask you to promote our annual Swedish Christmas Bazaar! As you did last year.

    Thanks in advance!

    Kind regards

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