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Gas Stations in Japan – Useful Terms and Phrases

Tokyo Gas Stations

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. …

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Must Have Top 10 Japanese Laundry Products.

Japanese laundry products

Tokyo is a clean city on the surface but the everyday pollution and fast pace of life can take a beating on your clothes, so here are our top Japanese laundry products to help you out. As a mom of four and a pet owner I highly recommend these Must …

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Quick Guide: Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families

Here is our quick Guide to Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families. Apprehensive about dining in a Japanese restaurant? No worries! Here are some useful phrases to use when dining out. *** Quick Guide: Survival Restaurant Japanese for Families *** When you walk into a restaurant you will be greeted with …

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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 …

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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 …

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Japan Carshare with ORIX – Car Rental by the Hour

ORIX carshare

Japan Carshare is an automated way to rent a vehicle by the hour. It`s great for customers who use a vehicle occasionally without the overhead costs of owning a car, and for those who want access to a different vehicle day to day. It is easy and affordable, and great for short …

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Tokyo International Pre-Schools – By Area

Tokyo International Pre-schools

Here is a comprehensive and updated (August 2016) list of Tokyo International Pre-schools by area.  There are over 40+ schools on this list so the best way to start your research is by neighbourhood and then review each schools website and social media links to learn a bit about the …

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How to Use a Japanese Electronic Toilet – Features & Function Guide

How to Use a Japanese Electronic Toilet Japanese electronic toilets, or washlets, are known for their functionality and space-age control panel, which can be intimidating to the uninitiated. And as they become the topic for visitors and residents alike, it’s safe to say that “toilets” are as synonymous with Japanese …

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Obon, Days For the Departed by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insights

This Obon, Days For the Departed post was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss. She is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. From August 8 – 16th, 2015 Japanese families will celebrate Obon. Learn & Live!  Obon, Days For the Departed by Efrot Weiss  The centuries-old …

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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. 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, …

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Guide to Baby Formula in Japan – Brands, Types and Where to Buy

Guide to Baby Formula in Japan – There is a dizzying colorful assortment of baby formula available on the Japanese market. This guide will help you navigate the aisles by introducing the various types of baby formula and their manufacturers. Packaging You may be surprised to find out that concentrated liquid …

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Guide to Nursing Pads in Japan – Brands, Types and Where to Buy

Guide to Nursing Pads in Japan – Brands, Types and Where to Buy Nursing pads are an essential item when breastfeeding. They can provide comfort and discretion by preventing leaks and keeping your skin and clothing dry. While many of the best-selling nursing pads are praised for their absorption, nursing …

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How to Pack a Toddler Travel Bag

Toddler Travel Bag

If you have a toddler and are traveling soon, empower your toddler to be independent by pulling their travel bag, here are some tips on How to Pack a Toddler Travel Bag.  Our four year old started carrying her travel bag (carry-on) travel bags last year, and responsibly pulled it …

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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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Palette Plaza, Various Locations – Photo Printing Service

Palette Plaza

Palette Plaza (パレットプラザ) and 55 DPE & Digital Station are our go-to place for quick digital camera and smartphone photo printing. The process is quick, simple, and in English! Just pop into a store with your smartphone or data card, insert your card or plug your smartphone into the adapters then wait …

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The Story of Tanabata by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insight

This Story of Tanabata post written by my good friend Efrot Weiss. She is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. On July 7th celebrate Tanabata with your family. The story is about love and romance that takes place in the sky. Make a wish and may …

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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 Hot Summers – How To Keep Your Kids Cool

Now that the rainy season is official over the temps in Japan will start to raise even higher. Here are some tips on Tokyo Hot Summers – How To Keep Your Kids Cool.  Protect yourself and your little ones by practicing sun and heat stroke safety.  Stay cool and safe! Check …

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