LIVING IN JAPAN – Best Living Japan – Tokyo Travel Guide https://bestlivingjapan.com Tokyo with Kids Guide for Globally Minded Families Fri, 18 Sep 2020 06:53:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 Gas Stations in Japan – Useful Terms and Phrases https://bestlivingjapan.com/gas-stations-japan/ https://bestlivingjapan.com/gas-stations-japan/#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 02:56:28 +0000 https://bestlivingjapan.com/?p=59348 If you decide to own a car in Japan or use Car Sharing (ORIX / Careco / Times) you’ll have to fill up on gas. Japanese gas stations / gasoline stands (ガソリンスタンド) offer self-serve stations or full-service stations where they’ll fill up the tank so you’ll never have to leave the car. DID YOU KNOW – Gas …

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What is Tanabata? – July 7th https://bestlivingjapan.com/what-is-tanabata-learn-go-make/ https://bestlivingjapan.com/what-is-tanabata-learn-go-make/#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 20:00:05 +0000 https://bestlivingjapan.com/?p=48041 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 of the seventh”), also known …

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Teru Teru Bozu – Rain, Rain, Go Away Craft https://bestlivingjapan.com/teru-teru-bozu/ https://bestlivingjapan.com/teru-teru-bozu/#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 01:00:18 +0000 https://bestlivingjapan.com/?p=47341 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 to ward off rain. School …

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COMPOSTING IN JAPAN – TIPS FOR FREE COMPOST https://bestlivingjapan.com/composting-in-japan-tips-for-free-compost/ https://bestlivingjapan.com/composting-in-japan-tips-for-free-compost/#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 00:24:25 +0000 https://bestlivingjapan.com/?p=70262 Cooking at home means endless scraps perfect for composting in Japan! If you are are an average family of four, you consume enough food per year to yield 100 kilos (200 lbs) of veggie and fruit scraps per year. If you are presently throwing these scraps out in the burnable garage each year, the food …

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Shared Gardening in Japan – Sharebatake.com https://bestlivingjapan.com/shared-gardening-in-japan-sharebatake-com/ https://bestlivingjapan.com/shared-gardening-in-japan-sharebatake-com/#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 04:00:11 +0000 https://bestlivingjapan.com/?p=70638 Nothing tastes better than your own grown veggies and fruits, so check out shared gardening in Japan! Sharebatake.comis a Japanese website that aggregates local shared gardens where you can pay a membership fee of typically 11,000 yen and a monthly fee for garden space (usually 6-10,000 yen for garden space 3-9 square meters). A great activity …

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Earthquake Preparation – Easy Things To Do Today https://bestlivingjapan.com/earthquake-preparation/ https://bestlivingjapan.com/earthquake-preparation/#comments Wed, 06 May 2020 03:00:55 +0000 https://bestlivingjapan.com/?p=738 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 if”. We cannot predict earthquakes, …

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