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Inflammation and Hives from Kemushi (Caterpillars)

kemushi caterpillar

It`s Kemushi (Caterpillar) season! 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 contact with the insect is necessary to provoke a reaction. However, the irritating hairs can also be detached …

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Candy Show Time, Omotesando – Kawaii Handmade Candy

Candy Show Time, Harajuku

If your kids are like mine a trip to Candy Show Time is a good “reward” (aka bribe) for being a good kid while visiting shrines, gardens, and museum. Although started by a couple from Melbourne, Australia the designs and flavors are 110% Japan Kawaii! Now with eleven stores across …

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Aeon Style Mall, Himonya

Aeon Style Himonya is your one-stop shop for all your home needs. Located 10 minutes from Gakugeidaigaku, a small Tokyo suburb between Shibuya and Jiyugaoka with the popular Himonya Petting Zoo and Pony Ride Park, it`s a great spot to shop while avoiding the crowd. Aeon Style is known for their reasonable prices with locations …

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D47 Project Children’s Tools Exhibit, Shibuya – Japanese Gifts for Kids – Ends June 11, 2017

D47 Project Children's Tools Exhibit

Stumbled across this beautiful D47 Project Children’s Tools Exhibit the other day having lunch at the D47 Shokudo. If you are looking for Japan designed and made gifts for children, this exhibit is the perfect solution. You can find products from the 47 prefectures of Japan including child size bowls …

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Easter Goodies in Japan

Easter Goodies in Japan

Finding Easter Goodies in Japan can be quite the challenge with limited quantities which sell out quickly. Easter is Sunday, April 16th so hop to it! We completed a store check yesterday (March 9th) and found Easter goodies including chocolate bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans available at the stores listed …

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Common Illnesses and Terms Among Young Children in Japan

We`ve listed a few of the most common illnesses among young children in Japan; the Japanese pronunciation, English translation and ways to describe sickness / pain. Please keep this list handy when visiting your local Japanese clinic. If you have some to add please leave in the comment section below. Japanese …

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Okadaya Shinjuku – Six Floors of Fabric and Seven Floors of Accessories

Okadaya

Okadaya Shinjuku is a great place to go to for textiles. They have two buildings; one with six floors of fabric (cotton, velvet, silk, satin, organic cotton, fleece, velor, wool, etc), traditional Japanese materials and other special textiles; and the adjacent building carries seven floors of basic materials (buttons, thread, string), …

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Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets – Niku no Hanamasa (肉のハナサ)

Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets

If you have a big family or big eaters, and live in central Tokyo one of your go to supermarket shopping locations should be Hanamasa Wholesale Supermarkets (Niku no Hanamasa (肉のハナサ). Hanamasa is a wholesale supermarket whose roots began as a supplier to restaurants, but is now open to the public …

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Ameyokocho – Tokyo Deal Shopping

If you are a bargain shopper, Ameyokocho is a must visit in Tokyo. We visited yesterday, and it was crazy busy with shoppers negotiating deals on crab, tuna, sneakers and bags. My favorite items to buy in Ameyokocho are nuts, dried beans and spices that are much cheaper than in …

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