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Top 10 Places to Buy Japanese Washi

Top Japanese Washi paper Store in Tokyo

At Best Living Japan, we offer various craft classes that use Japanese washi, so we are “experts” on where to find the best selection. Here are our top 10 locations to buy Japanese washi in Tokyo. Many smaller Japanese souvenir shops may also sell sheets of Japanese washi, but for …

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Shibuya PARCO Building – Nintendo, Pokemon and Fashion Trends

Shibuya is undergoing a huge facelift bringing it out of the bubble 1980/90s to the 2020s with the new Shibuya PARCO Building, Shibuya Scramble, Shibuya Stream and others.  The backstreet “teen grudge” shopping still exists but new shiny multi-service complexes are now popping up all over. The new Shibuya PARCO …

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Best 10 Japanese Antique Stores in Tokyo

Tokyo antique stores

I have been collecting Japanese antiques for over 30 years, so I am sharing with you the Best 10 Japanese antique stores in Tokyo. These stores have excellent selections and are owned and run by true experts in the field of Japanese antiques. If you can’t find what you want …

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Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan

Allergies in Japan

If you’re suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from Japanese cedar pollen, or sugi tree – known as kafunsho (花粉症)/hay fever.  Here are our recommended Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan.  Kafunsho is …

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Tokyo Farmers Markets – 5 Markets Mom’s Love

Tokyo Farmers Markets, Best Living Japan

The farm to market focus in Japan is lower than in many western countries but is slowly gaining traction at Tokyo Farmers Markets. Below you can find five Tokyo Farmers Markers that moms love! Always so much fun to take the kiddos and find fresh fruits, veggies and handmade bake …

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Got Head Lice? – How to Treat Lice In Japan

Hot lice? Lice treatment in Japan

Got Lice? Learn how to treat lie in Japan. Lice is SHIRAMI in Japanese (シラミ).  First reaction is ick, yikes, embarrassment, worry. Get over it quick and take action. Lice are very common in Japan, especially on kids in daycare, nursery and elementary. Any kid can get it. We talked …

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Tokyo Men’s Big and Tall Stores

Tokyo Men's Big and Tall Stores

With four men & boys in our house,  I have been researching and shopping at Tokyo Men’s Big and Tall stores for quite a few years. Here is a list of the top locations in Tokyo and also the best online resources (domestic and international). I have shopped at, and …

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Where to find HELLO KITTY in JAPAN – Tokyo with Kids

Where to find HELLO KITTY in JAPAN

Do you have kids who love Hello Kitty? Check out our list of Everything Hello Kitty; stores, transport, hotel, theme parks and more. We’ve got you covered. If you have other recommendations to add to the list, please let us know! 1. SANRIO PUROLAND (Hello Kitty Land), Tama New Town, …

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Guide to Making Obento – Supplies, Tips and Where to Purchase

Obento making is a daily occurrence in homes with children who attend Japanese yochien. We spoke to veteran obento making moms and these are their recommended obento making items. Many can be found at Toys R Us Japan, department stores like Aeon Style or on Amazon Japan. We have highlighted Amazon products below which …

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Boudoir Day Spa Pedicure (Jingumae, Tokyo)

boudoir

Are you a sandals person like me? If so, head over to Boudoir Day Spa for a pedicure to kick off the sandal season. Boudoir has been in business for 18 years and specializes in pedi, mani, facials and hair removal.   My trip this past week was to summerize …

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Hamley`s Toy Store, Cafe & Playroom, Yokohama

Hamley`s entertainment toy store is a fantastic spot to spend a couple hours. Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world. It is named after William Hamley, who founded a toy shop called “Noah’s Ark” in London in 1760. Currently, Hamleys operates over 110 stores all over the …

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Inside Parents` Tokyo Winter Bags

We surveyed Japanese mums and listed the most common essentials to get through the day in Tokyo. The snacks, toys and lip balm vary and not pictured are everyday essentials; hat, gloves, sunglasses, and mini hot patches. Most products, aside from the stationary & legos, can be found at Japanese drugstores …

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Pokemon Cafe Tokyo – World’s First Permanent Pokemon Cafe

Pokemon Cafe Tokyo

The Pokemon Cafe and Center Store is another excellent spot for Pokemon lovers in Tokyo. Pokemon Center Tokyo DX opened its cafe and center store in 2018 on the 5th floor of the Takashimaya Department store in Nihonbashi. They offer adorable Pokemon character-themed drinks and dishes, exclusive merchandise, and a …

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Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids

If you are living in Japan make sure you have your Japanese Medicine Cabinet Essentials for Baby & Kids ready!  Despite their tiny size, it’s often hard to keep up with babies and toddlers. Because they are still exploring their boundaries and newfound abilities, this can sometimes lead to accidents and …

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Preparing for Winter – Top 10 Japan Essentials

Winter is just around the corner. Wanted to share my curated recommendations on preparing for winter – 10 Items to make living in Japan more comfortable. Below are products that have excellent customer reviews in Amazon.co.jp, and are shipped for free immediately from Amazon.  If you have your recommendations, please …

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Tokyo Baby Kids Clothing Stores

Tokyo Baby Kids Clothing Stores

Top recommended Tokyo baby kids clothing stores. If you are looking for Baby or Kids Clothing in Tokyo, here are some boutiques, mass brand, department and general merchandise stores in Tokyo that BestLivingJapan moms highly recommend. If you have a store to recommend with great selection and service, please add …

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Tokyo English Speaking Pediatricians

Tokyo English Speaking Doctors

When you move to Japan with kids one of your top priorities is to find a Tokyo English speaking pediatricians. Luckily for us, there is an increasing number of skilled pediatricians in Tokyo to choose.  Below is a list of seven Tokyo based English speaking pediatricians that my friends and I …

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Top 10 Tokyo Toy Stores – Domestic to Import Brands

If you are looking for a birthday present, holiday gift or a fun travel memorabilia check out our recommended Top 10 Tokyo Toy Stores. Although you can buy almost all of the toys on the market from Amazon.co.jp, there is still something fun about checking out the latest and greatest …

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Tokyo Antique Markets and Flea Markets

Tokyo Antique Markets and Flea Markets

We love visiting Tokyo antique markets and flea markets. Most markets are held on the weekend, with some on national holidays. The events are a mixture of significant indoor events like the Antique Jamboree, or the Heiwajima show held a few times a year, or what we call “shrine sales” …

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