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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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10 Day Trip Outlets

Greater Tokyo Area Outlet Centers - 10 Day Trip Outlets

If you need to stock-up for your new apartment or a new seasonal wardrobe for you or the kids, there are 10 greater Tokyo area outlet centers. Japanese outlets usually offer a 30-50% discount off of department store prices – although most of the product is made specifically for outlets …

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Japan Slime – Where to Buy and How to Make

Japan Slime - Where to Buy and How to Make

Curious and creative Japan families if you have young kids most likely they are obsessed with slime, so here is our Japan slime info based on month so searching where to buy and how to make with Japan-sourced materials. Rainy days are great slime making days, so buy some of …

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domodomo Japan – Cool Iconic Japan T-Shirts

domodomo Japan has launched a line of iconic graphic t-shirts & bags that show what we as moms love about Japan. domodomo is an exclusive collaborative between Best Living Japan and graphic designer Ilana Dashe. No more tacky t-shirts & bags from Japan – these make great gifts for family …

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Top 2020 Japanese Sunscreens for Baby & Kids

Japanese Sunscreen

Here are our favorite Japanese sunscreens – Whether your kids are headed to the beach, or just out and about, sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen is recommended year-round for children 6 months and older. Infants under six months should not be in direct sunlight, and application of sunscreen is not …

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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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Japan Mosquito Repellent and Aid – Mosquitos Are Here!

Saw my first mosquito today, so time to stock up on Japan mosquito repellent and aid products!! All this rain and warmer weather are going to equal a heavy mosquito season in Japan. Usually, in Japan mosquitos start to hatch and bite starting in April and are active through the …

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Tokyo Quarantine Meal Plan WEEK 1

Here is our 5-day quarantine Lunch and Dinner meal plan. Cooking 3 meals a day while working and home schooling takes a toll. Remember to take time to breathe, take a walk in your neighborhood, give yourself a break and order in. Delivery options at the bottom of the post. …

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Tokyo Food Delivery Services

Food Delivery in Japan

We put together the best Tokyo food delivery services websites/Apps to use when living or visiting Tokyo. Do you have one to recommend? Leave a comment below. RESTAURANT DELIVERY   Uber Eats Japan – Uber Eats makes ordering food easier – for you and for restaurants. We team up with delivery partners …

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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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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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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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