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Tokyo International Schools’ Calendars – Fall 2019

Tokyo International Schools' Calendars

We have gathered some of the top Tokyo International Schools’ Calendars for Autumn 2019 (August to December 2019)  in an attempt to help simplify planning. We often hear from other parents and organizers of community events that all the international schools’ schedules being different causes may headaches. Hoping readers find …

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How to Hire a Helper in Japan

One of the most common conversations amongst busy moms and working parents is how to hire a helper. There is a lot to consider but here some info to help you out. The three most common options are; 1. hire a local service company to provide help, 2. sponsor a …

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How to Do a Furikomi (Bank Transfer) in Japan

What is Furikomi? Furikomi (お振り込み / お振込) is an electronic funds transfer between your bank account and a recipient. Many banks have upgraded their ATMs to offer this service in English however some only offer the service in Japanese. What is needed for Furikomi? Cash Card Name of recipient Name of …

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Bringing Your Dog or Cat to Japan – How to Prepare

Bringing Your Dog or Cat to Japan – How to Prepare Moving abroad can be stressful. Add your furry family member to the mix, and you’ve got a lot to juggle – airline accommodations, vaccines, endless paperwork, and not to mention the possibility of quarantine. If your plans to move …

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10 Sayonara Tips – Moving with Kids

This time of year many international families are planning their home country returns or next country moves so thought I would share 10 Sayonara Tips for moving with kids. Moving can be very stressful for parents and kids as they leave their homes, friends and daily routines. I overheard a …

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Japan Parenting Groups and Resources

Japan Parenting Groups and Resources

If you are a mom or dad to Japan, here are some great Japan Parenting Groups and Resources you should know. Some of the groups are purely online support groups; other have offline events and meet-ups. There are over 30 parenting groups on this list which includes special interest groups …

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Tokyo Churches, Temples & Synagogues – Feel at Home

Looking for English language Tokyo Churches, Temples & Synagogues?  There are many places of worship in the Tokyo area that say English is spoken, and foreigners are welcome. However, I have found to feel truly comfortable and part of the congregation the service needs to be delivered by a native speaker and the …

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The Japan Expat Shopping List – What do you bring back?

The Japan Expat Shopping List. What do you haul back in your suitcase each trip home?  Compared to 20 years ago (when I was an exchange student), many items can be purchased in Japan at Costco, Amazon or Foreign Buyers Club, but we still stock-up when traveling back. As a …

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Tips and Resources for Parents in Tokyo

If you are a new parent, or new to Japan you may find these Tips and Resources in Tokyo helpful.  Many of these groups have provided tremendous help and friendship to us over the last 18 years. If you have a group to add please add below in the comments. …

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