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Required Japanese Kindergarten Items (Yochien)

Japanese Kindergarten (Yochien) begins in a few weeks. Are you prepared? Your yochien will have provided you with a list of items to hand-make, purchase and label. However, there are a number of items not highlighted that your kids will need daily throughout their years in yochien. Here are necessary items to purchase …

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Tsuchiya Randoseru – One of Japan`s Most Respected Names in Leather Goods

tsuchiya randoseru

The Tsuchiya Randoseru (ランドセル) is one of Japan’s most respected names in leather goods. For more than 50 years, the Tsuchiya Bag Co., Ltd has meticulously handcrafted high quality, original randoseru. In 2015, to mark its fiftieth anniversary, the company launched a collection of randoseru for working adults – the Otona Randsel Randoseru, which …

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Guide to Point Cards in Japan – How to Earn and Redeem Points

Guide to Point Cards in Japan - How to Earn and Redeem Points

Guide to Point Cards in Japan – How to Earn and Redeem Points Go shopping anywhere in Japan, and you’re bound to be asked: Do you have a point card? (ポイントカードはお持ちですか?/ぽいんとかーどはおもちですか?/pointo ka-do wa omochi desu ka?) You might think that point cards take up valuable real estate in your wallet. But, …

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Bringing Your Dog or Cat to Japan – How to Prepare

Are you relocating to Japan and worried about bringing your dog or cat to Japan? Here are our tips on how to prepare.  Moving abroad can be stressful. Add your furry family member to the mix, and you’ve got a lot to juggle – airline accommodations, vaccines, endless paperwork, and …

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Seibo Hospital Delivery Fee and Dr. Sakamoto`s Delivery Fee

This is my post delivery review of Seibo Hospital. I also list Dr. Sakamoto`s delivery fees for my Jan 2011 Delivery below. Hospital Pros: Nice facilities Super friendly staff Choice of Japanese or Western meals (typical hospital food). They allow one family member room-in for an extra charge. You have …

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Tokyo 2016 Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy

Here is our go to list of Tokyo 2016 Halloween Events, Costumes, Decorations and Candy resources. Halloween is one of my most favourite holidays, as it is for my children. The Japanese have officially embraced Halloween (maybe not the tricker treat part, but the home party). Ten years ago it …

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Building Maintenance

I haven’t been blogging regularly for several months now. I had to take a blog break last autumn as my `spirited` baby girl refused to sleep or nap. Also because our building was and still is undergoing inspection, maintenance and construction. In Japan, buildings are required to have inspection and maintenance …

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Tokyo health care: the essentials

I was asked by a number of readers who liked My Sanno Hospital Experience post about Tokyo healthcare and which international provider I was with. I`d like to introduce to you a guest post from Bupa International, my international health provider. If you’re living in Japan or planning to move here at …

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My Sanno Hospital Delivery Experience

I gave birth to my son at Seibo Hospital back in January 2011. It was a nice experience aside from having to walk down the hall to take a shower and use the lavatory, and the meals were decent. When speaking to two of my friends who delivered at Sanno Hospital, …

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Giving Birth in Japan (A Birth Story – Sandra)

My labor and delivery this time was completely different from my first labor and delivery–27 hours, an epidural that wore out as the baby was descending, 3 blackouts, 2 episiotomies and an emergency vacuum extraction. I can`t remember how many times I told my husband that would be our one-and-only …

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Information on Being Pregnant in Tokyo

As soon as you find out that you`re pregnant, get it confirmed by your doctor and then make a decision as to who will provide your prenatal care. Below is a short list of popular OBGYNs, Doctors and Clinics that I put together. Remember to find a Doctor/Midwife who makes you …

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Aiiku Hospital & Dr. Sakamoto`s Fee

  Aiiku Hospital Philosophy “In order to ensure the happiness and healthy growth of all mothers and babies, Aiiku Hospital provides high-quality medical care and supportsa safe and comfortable pregnancy, labor/delivery, and child-rearing.” — Aiiku Hospital Fundamental Policies “In accordance with the mission of Aiiku Hospital as well as its …

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How to Survive Hay Fever / Pollen Season in Japan

Living in Japan for a few years now we`ve never experienced allergies – until recently. If you`re suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from the pollen of the Japanese cedar, or sugi tree – or as the Japanese would say …

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