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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. While kids take advantage of school vacations and longer day light hours, we must also be vigilant in keeping them safe from insects, intense heat, harmful UV rays and …

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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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What is Tanabata? – July 7th

Tanabata

Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th in Japan. Celebrate with your family! Buy a branch of bamboo, some cute origami paper, and write and tie wishes to decorate. Learn, go and make Tanabata! Remember July 7th.  Learn about Tanabata   The History – (content edited version of Wikipedia) Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening …

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Little Things Moms Love about Japan

Little Things Moms Love about Japan

Let us celebrate the Little Things Moms Love about Japan. Being a mom in Japan can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t speak the language. However, there are also so many little things that make our lives a bit easier and fun each day. Cheers to being a …

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Teru Teru Bozu – Rain, Rain, Go Away Craft

Looks like a perfect rainy day weekend to make Teru Teru Bozu. A cute custom and craft in Japan is the Teru teru bozu (てるてる坊主). “Teru” is a Japanese verb which describes sunshine, and a “bōzu” is a Buddhist monk.  The dolls are handmade with white cloth that children make …

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Tokyo Father’s Day – Gift Ideas and Outings with Dad

Tokyo Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16th, 2019. Celebrate all that dads do with these great gift ideas and outings. Tokyo Father’s Day – Gift Ideas and Outings with Dad 1) Personalized Card from kids. Dads heart`s melt when receiving personalized Father`s Day cards from kids. Here are a few …

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Tokyo Bike Rental – Fun, Easy and Cheap

Tokyo bike rental Japan bike 1

If you are living in or visiting central Tokyo, the Docomo Tokyo bike rental program is a great new solution to getting somewhere fast and cheap while having fun! We use it when our kids’ bikes are in for repairs, and when we have visitors.  My airBNB guests love them! The …

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Nigen 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. …

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Koinobori – Learn, Go, Make! – May Fun

Children's Day in japan, Best Living Japan

I love seeing the growing schools of koinobori swimming in the city sky this time of year. Do you have a koinobori (carp streamer)? I love the colors, the movement and the symbolism. The carp streamers are hung in celebration of Children’s Day which is May 5th.   If you have …

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Tokyo English Easter Sunday Church Services

Are you searching for a Tokyo English Easter Church service? Here is a comprehensive list of recommended churches with English services – all information is updated from the church websites. We have listed 14 churches in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Happy Easter – Sunday, April 21st, 2019. Please support …

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Preparing for Japanese Elementary School (Shogakko)

Japanese Elementary School begins next month. Are you prepared? Or will your child attend in the coming years? We`ve listed what you need to know, information schedules and a general school supplies list to help you prepare. What you need to know: *Elementary School Selection Procedure for Meguro Ward. Please contact …

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White Day: Thursday, March 14, 2019

Do you know the interesting history of White Day? Just a fun bit of information to share this cold, tax month. Did you know that White Day began in 1978 in Japan, was started by a Marshmallow company,  and has now spread to South Korea, Taiwan, and China? Read below for more …

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

hay fever

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 (花粉所)/hay fever.  To help deal with the pollen this season we listed a few ideas from Amazon.co.jp to help you and …

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Got Head Lice? – How to Treat Lice In Japan (シラミ)

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 …

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Best of Setsubun, February 3rd – Read, Go and Make!

We have curated the Best of Setsubun information for your education and amusement. Are you ready for Setsubun? It’s on Sunday, February 3rd. There are so many great festivals, crafts and art associated with Setsubun. Below are some of the best inspirational and educational bits we could find!  We love …

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Roppongi Cooperative Playgroup

The Roppongi Playgroup is a parent-run cooperative for children 1.5 years up to age 4. Here the children develop an early love of school and friendship through a combination of free play, stories, snacks, music and crafts. Activities vary from week to week and season to season. Your little one will …

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2019 Japan Post Nengajyo (New Years Postcard) Lottery

Happy New Year! By now you should have received nengajo (年賀状) / New Year Cards in your mailbox. Nengajyo are the equivalent to the Western custom of sending out Christmas cards. The latest date nengajo are delivered by is January 7th. If you have received a card from someone you …

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Tokyo New Year Fun Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 1, 2019

If you are staying in Tokyo this holiday season, we hope you will enjoy our recommendations for Tokyo New Year Fun Dec 30, 2018 – Jan 1, 2019. Although being away from your home country for the end of year holidays can be hard on the heart, there are great activities …

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Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan – 10 Tips for Smooth Shopping

Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan – 10 Tips for Smooth Shopping What are Fukubukuro? Since its inception in the early 20th century, fukubukuro have become synonymous with New Year’s in Japan. Originally intended as a means for shops to sell off excess inventory, these lucky bags typically contain merchandise sold …

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