SAFETY & HELP IN JAPAN

Home » LIVING IN JAPAN » SAFETY & HELP IN JAPAN

Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan

Allergies in Japan

If you’re suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from Japanese cedar pollen, or sugi tree – known as kafunsho (花粉症)/hay fever.  Here are our recommended Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan.  Kafunsho is …

Read More »

Got Head Lice? – How to Treat Lice In Japan

Hot lice? Lice treatment in Japan

Got Lice? Learn how to treat lie in Japan. Lice is SHIRAMI in Japanese (シラミ).  First reaction is ick, yikes, embarrassment, worry. Get over it quick and take action. Lice are very common in Japan, especially on kids in daycare, nursery and elementary. Any kid can get it. We talked …

Read More »

Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids

If you are living in Japan make sure you have your Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids ready!  Despite their tiny size, it’s often hard to keep up with babies and toddlers. Because they are still exploring their boundaries and newfound abilities, this can sometimes lead to accidents and …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

Typhoon Preparation in Japan – Easy Things To Do Today

As long-term residents of Japan we have lived through many typhoons. Here are our recommendations for Typhoon Preparation in Japan with many easy things you can do to prepare. What is a Typhoon? “A tropical cyclone is a generic term used by meteorologists to describe a rotating, organise system of …

Read More »

Ningen Dock Experience – Japan Physical Check-up

Nigen Dock Experience - Japan Physical Check-up

When I worked in the corporate world and was 10-20 years younger, I dreaded the annual mandatory company Ningen Dock (Japan Physical Check-up). Now I am a mompreneur and who has to pay for my medical care mostly, so I had not had an annual Ningen Dock in four years. …

Read More »

Lost and Found Tokyo

With so many kids, I have become a student of Lost and Found Tokyo. One of the best things about Japan is that you do not need to despair if you lose or forget something on a train or a cab. In Japan, there is a very high probability you …

Read More »

Earthquake Preparation – Easy Things To Do Today

Changing of the seasons is a great time to update our family’s earthquake preparation bags. The kids have all grown, so clothes need to be switched out, and expiration dates on food checked. As a mom of four kids and long-time Tokyo resident I often think about earthquakes, and “what …

Read More »

English Emergency Support for Expats and Tourist in Japan

Here is a quick reference guide for English Emergency Support in Japan. I advise you print out this page and leave a copy on your refrigerator or family message board and in your wallet. Best to be prepared. Japan English Emergency Support from BestLivingJapan.com  Your Family’s Emergency Contact Numbers Your home phone …

Read More »

Reading Japanese Food Labels – Allergens and Tips

Tokyo Supermarket tour

Reading Japanese Food Labels – Allergens and Tips  A challenging part of life in Japan is navigating the supermarket aisles and deciphering the labels. You may be wondering how to recreate home dishes using ingredients available at your local grocer, or you may have special dietary restrictions or allergies. Food …

Read More »

Top Five Ways to Protect Baby this Summer

Summer in Japan is hot and humid, but it brings plenty of opportunity for kids to go out and enjoy themselves. Here are our top five ways to protect baby this summer from bugs, heat, UV and dehydration. While kids take advantage of school vacations and longer day light hours, …

Read More »

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 …

Read More »

Tokyo health care: the essentials

I was asked by a number of readers who liked My Sanno Hospital Experience post about Tokyo healthcare and which international provider I was with. I`d like to introduce to you a guest post from Bupa International, my international health provider. If you’re living in Japan or planning to move here at …

Read More »