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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 International Schools’ Calendars – Winter 2020

Top Tokyo International School Calendars

We have gathered some of the top Tokyo International Schools’ Calendars for Winter 2020 (January to July 2020) 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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2020 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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Donate or Sell Used Clothes in Tokyo

So if you have been in Tokyo for more than a few seasons and love clothes than you are probably ready and wondering how to donate or sell used clothes in Tokyo.  Watch my video on youtube to see how my clothes purge went. To get motivated, I read the …

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Otoshidama (New Year Money) – Top 10 Must Knows

Do you know the history and present day etiquette of otoshidama (お年玉 )? If you have children in the house, child relatives and or special friend’s kids you must know about this Japanese tradition, especially if you are living in Japan. As part of the Japanese New Year’s celebration, it is …

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Japanese New Year Preparations

Are you preparing for Japanese New Year? Tokyo goes quiet this week as most Japanese travel back to their hometowns to eat, drink and relax for three days. I love the silence of Tokyo over the holiday – a great time to bike around due to far fewer cars, and …

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10 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Japan

Tokyo New Year

10 Ways to Celebrate the New Year in Japan The Japanese New Year (正月/しょうがつ/Shougatsu) in Japan is a rather laid-back event stretching over a one week period. While festive parties and New Year’s countdowns are catching on, especially in bigger cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, and Kobe, the Japanese New Year …

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Tokyo English Christmas Church Services 2019

Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

If you are in Tokyo for the holidays, consider attending one of the many beautiful Tokyo English Christmas Church Services. We have listed seven churches in Tokyo, and a handful in Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Some of my best memories of a child are attending services. Even if you are unable …

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Tokyo Christmas Dinner 2019 – Top Holiday Dining Spots

The holidays are here, and it is time to plan your Tokyo Christmas Dinner 2019. Are you ready? Whether you have been nasty or nice, you deserve a nice tasting Christmas dinner. Here are our top recommendations for Tokyo area families. Reserve early! Happy Holidays! If you have other recommendations …

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Best Living Japan’s 2019 Tokyo Holiday Guide

Here is our 2019 Tokyo Holiday Guide. We`ve listed everything you need to get a start to the holiday season; where to purchase a Christmas tree and decorations, the best Christmas markets, where to see illuminations, and English Christmas church services in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Happy Holidays! Tokyo …

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Top Tokyo Christmas Markets 2019

Christmas is a month away, but some Christmas markets are already in full swing! Get into the holiday spirit and stop in one of the Best Tokyo Christmas markets! Bundle up and shop for food and gifts under the illumination. Happy Holidays! 1. Roppongi Hills Christmas Market – If you would like to …

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American Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2019

American Thanksgiving in Tokyo

American Thanksgiving Dinner in Tokyo 2019 is Thursday, November 28th, 2019. Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Be sure not to miss out and to be able to relax by planning ahead.  To help make your Thanksgiving in Japan planning easier we have curated and updated a short list of restaurants …

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2019 Tokyo Santa Claus Meet & Greet Locations

2019 Tokyo Santa photos

It can be a challenge finding Santa in Tokyo so we did the work for you and can recommend these five 2019 Tokyo Santa Claus meet & greet locations. We’ll add more to the list as information is available. Not all places allow for sitting on Santa’s lap and personal …

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7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan – 2019 Preparation and Ceremony

7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan

November 15th is the official day of 7-5-3 Celebrations in Japan (Shichi-go-san, 七五三), but many families start to prepare and hold ceremonies from mid-October. Families with girls age 7 & 3 and boys 5 celebrate coming of age by dressing up and visiting shrines across Japan. You can find children …

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How To Use A Japanese Washing Machine

How To Use A Japanese Washing Machine Japan is full of wonderful, high-tech gadgets and appliances, but when it comes to getting laundry done, sometimes you just want something functional that can deliver. While this guide to using a Japanese washing machine won’t make laundry day any more fun, it …

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Surviving Japanese Elementary School (Shogakko)

October marks the beginning of Japanese Elementary School application distribution, setsumeikais (briefing sessions) and open school. If your child is 6 years old now is the time to start applying for Japanese Elementary School for the April 2020 start. Note Japanese public schools are broken out by zones and availability. …

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How to Purchase an Electrically Assisted Bicycles – Tips and FAQs

Panasonic bike

Electrically assisted bicycles is a great way to save money while burning off some extra calories! When you take a stroll down the street mums riding electrically assisted bicycles are bound to soar by. The number of people purchasing electrically assisted bicycles escalated after the March 11 earthquake in 2011; as …

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Yumenoshima 2019 Halloween Pumpkin Month

Yumenoshima 2016 Halloween Pumpkin Month

The Yumenoshima 2019 Halloween Pumpkin Month celebration is on this year the pumpkins are huge. There will be over 100 ghost pumpkins from Hitachi Omiya City, Ibaraki prefecture that weigh 50 to 100 kilograms! You can visit the Yumenoshima Park and Botanical Gardens any time of the year but the …

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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 …

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Tokyo Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy

Tokyo Halloween Events, Parades, Costumes and Shopping

Tokyo Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy resources. Halloween is one of my most favorite holidays, as it is for my children. The Japanese have officially embraced Halloween (maybe not the trick-or-treat part, but the home party). Ten years ago it was almost impossible to find costumes and decorations, but …

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