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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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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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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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Keeping your baby cool in Tokyo Summer

Trying to find ways to keep yourself and your baby cool while commuting this summer in Tokyo? Go to your local Loft or Tokyu hands and look for neck towels (towels that contain cool gel packs), neck fans, wet towels, cool foam, etc., to help you beat the heat.  To …

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10 Best Baby And Toddler Items For 100 Yen

10 Best Baby And Toddler Items For 100 Yen When you have little ones, it’s strange how things just seem to disappear!  Sure, you can get baby and toddler goods online or at retailers like Akachan Honpo, but not to be overlooked is the 100 yen shop. Japan’s 100 yen …

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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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Surviving Japanese Kindergarten (Yochien)

I thought preparing for Japanese kindergarten (yochien) was overwhelming. In hindsight, it`s a breeze compared to the responsibilities given to Yochien mothers once school begins – especially as a foreigner. This is my experience, as well as some tips, for surviving the first two months as a yochien mom. If …

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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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June Rain by Efrot Weiss – Cultural Insight

June Rain was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss, who is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. Are you a lover or hater of June rain? If you have any recommendations to help people enjoy the rainy season please comment below. June Rain by Efrot Weiss Early …

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Tips for Surviving Japan’s Rainy Season with Kids

Whether a first time or veteran mom, surviving rainy season in Japan can be a challenge with public transport and strollers. Below are some great tips and product recommendations to make your life a bit easier. Just remember, it will stop raining soon. Check our Japan protection guides on mosquitos, sunscreen and heat. (This …

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10 Sayonara Tips – Moving with Kids

This time of year many international families are planning their home country returns or next country moves so thought I would share 10 Sayonara Tips for moving with kids. Moving can be very stressful for parents and kids as they leave their homes, friends and daily routines. I overheard a …

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10 Best Japanese Items For A Toddler

My daughter just turned 15 months old not too long ago, and it’s still a shock having a “toddler” in my care. Luckily for me, my sister-in-law, who is a mom of 2, has been there to help me on my journey. She’s also helped me gather everything I need …

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Chokkura Home Stay Japan – Searching for Host Families

Chokkura Home Stay Japan

“Chokkura Home Stay (CHS) is a nonprofit organization providing short term homestay with non-Japanese families residing in Japan to less privileged Japanese children and those who don`t have the opportunity to go abroad. Our vision is to create the opportunity for cultural & language exchange to promote the globalization of …

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10 Baby Proofing Items You Need In Your Japanese Home

We love to watch our babies grow and explore their surroundings, but we don’t often realize what’s dangerous until they’ve gotten their little hands and months on something! Baby proofing items are called itazura boushi guzzu (イタズラ防止グッズ) and you can find them at your local 100 yen shop, baby shops …

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Inflammation and Hives from Kemushi (Caterpillars)

If you have curious kids who love bugs then tell them to stay away from this one, the hairy caterpillar/kemushi. Take care to avoid these “hairy” caterpillars as they have developed hairs or sharp spines that are capable of transmitting various toxins causing inflammation and hives on the skin. In most cases direct …

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Minato-ku Recycled Bike Lottery, Tokyo

The monthly Minato-ku recycled bike lottery is tomorrow – Sunday, July 10th. If you are in the market for a bicycle for you or someone in the family, I recommend you attend the Recycled Bike Lottery in Minato-Ku, Tokyo. The Lottery is held the second Sunday of each month at …

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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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Cultural Insight – Gogatsubyo or May Sickness by Efrot Weiss

Dear Curious and Creative, Gogatsubyo or May Sickness was written by my good friend Efrot Weiss, who is a long-term resident of Japan, and intercultural trainer and coach. Do you know someone who has gogatsubyo or May sickness? How can you improve or help? Gogatsubyo or May Sickness by Efrot …

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Preparing for Japanese Yochien (Kindergarten)

Are you ready for Japanese kindergarten? Sharing our experience and tips for preparing for Japanese school. Every kindergarten requires parents to make a number of handmade bags. You can make them yourself, purchase some on Amazon Japan or find some talented moms to make them with the exact dimensions for …

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Guide To Japanese Air Purifiers

Guide To Japanese Air Purifiers

Air purifiers  (空気清浄機/くうき せいじょう き/kuuki seijyou ki ) improve the air quality in your home or office by filtering out pollutants like dust, smoke, pet dander, and pollen. Some air purifiers in Japan also double as humidifiers (加湿器/かしつき/kashitsuki). With Spring underway, you may be searching for an air purifier. This is …

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