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Loving this Japan Product – Nurie

I picked-up the TokyoTokio version of the Nurie colouring poster recently. Loving this product – Nurie!  I have decided to award this Nurie poster series a BestLivingJapan Great Product Award. This award will go to products that are both are both curious and creative! Another super fun Japanese kids gift is …

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Japanese Gifts for Baby – 0-9 months

Great Japanese Gifts for Babies 0-9 Months

As moms of six kids, we often get asked about great gifts for Baby. Zero to nine-month babies are typically non-mobile but are highly stimulated by high-contrast colours, sound and motion. Also by nine months many become solid sitters and crawlers. You do not need to invest in a lot …

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Kayanoya Dashi & Seasonings Shop – Locations throughout Japan

Kayanoya dashi is my favorite instant dashi to cook with. Kayanoya specializes in offering carefully prepared, authentic seasonings and foods to make delicious dishes with the minimum of fuss. All are made without any artificial flavors or preservatives, and a super easy to use. Kayanoya Stores are located throughout Japan and …

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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Japan 2017

Wondering where to buy a Christmas Tree in Japan? Many people have asked recently about where to find a Christmas tree in Japan. First, you need to determine if you want a real tree or an artificial tree. There are pros and cons to both! Real trees smell amazing but …

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Yamashiroya Toy Store (Ueno, Tokyo)

Yamashiroya Toy Store, Ueno

Adding another Tokyo Store to or favorites list – the Yamashiroya Toy Store in Ueno.  Like Hakuhinkan in Ginza and Kiddyland if you are looking for Japanese or International toys and collectibles you will not be disappointed. Yamashiroya Toy Store is a one minute walk from Ueno station so you can …

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Yutenji Kindergarten and Temple Bazaar

Yutenji Kindergarten is holding their annual bazaar on the Yutenji Temple grounds tomorrow Tuesday, October 31 from 10:00 – 12:45. If you`re looking for gently used Japanese children`s clothing, toys and books this is a great place to shop. There will be food stalls and games for young children outside …

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10 Best Hand Creams for Winter in Japan – Living in Japan

Japanese winters are DRY which is really hard on hands big and small! Here are the Best Living Japan 10 Best Hand Creams for Winter in Japan recommendations.  We carry hand lotions scattered all over our house,  in all of our bags, strollers and car from November – March! Dropping …

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Buy Holiday Decorations in Tokyo, Asakusa

Buy Holiday Decorations in Tokyo

Need to buy holiday decorations in Tokyo that last forever for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines?  Artificial holiday decorations are in abundance year round at Asakusabashi (Kuramae station on the Oedo line). There is a handful of stores on the same corner that sell an amazing selection of fake flowers and holiday …

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How to Purchase an Electrically Assisted Bicycles – Tips and FAQs

Panasonic bike

Electrically assisted bicycles is a great way to save money while burning off some extra calories! When you take a stroll down the street mums riding electrically assisted bicycles are bound to soar by. The number of people purchasing electrically assisted bicycles escalated after the March 11 earthquake in 2011; as …

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English Speaking Photographers in Tokyo

Looking for great English speaking photographers in Tokyo, Japan? Our first few years in Japan, we took our photos but as the number of children increased we decided the job was beyond us and have outsourced the annual ritual. I have used Kerry at Keyshots, but all of the photographers …

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Gazone Studio (Shinagawa, Tokyo) – 753 Portrait Photos

gazone studio

Gazone Studio is a small studio located in the Osaki New City building in Shinagawa. They offer services from maternity to family portraits, and ceremonial to business photos. They also specialize in product photos, travel, wedding photography and commemorative photos. We made an appointment to celebrate and capture our kid`s 753 …

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Atelier Sabon Nakameguro – Cafe & Spa

SABON Tokyo

SABON opened their first cafe-spa in Nakameguro Tokyo. SABON offers a rich variety of quality cosmetic products focused on natural ingredients and beneficial minerals from the Dead Sea. They carry homemade soaps, bath products, among others. SABON has locations all over the world with over 50 locations in Japan, and …

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Blue & White Store, Azabu – Top Japanese Craft Boutique

The Blue & White store reopened April 2017 in their new location one building over from their old store. Same brilliant Blue & White arts and crafts in new digs. Amy Katoh opened the Blue & White Store over 35 years ago promoting Japanese crafts and lifestyle of years past. …

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Asa no Ha Shop, Azabu – Seasonal Tenugui

One of the many things I love about Japan are the seasons, with each season come unique changes in nature, food and celebrations. A great way to capture the ever-changing seasons is to place a simple but beautiful tenugui in a prominent place in your house. Asa no Ha Shop, …

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Tokyo Urban Garden Planting Calendar – Autumn

Tokyo Urban Garden Planting Calendar – Autumn. Whether you`re an accomplished gardener or a novice, gardening is a great opportunity to partner with Mother Nature and bond with family and friends. Gardening teaches patience, care and offers a pathway to better health and nutrition. Our advice for novice gardeners is to …

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Nihonbo Chopstick Store (Hiroo, Tokyo)

Need to buy a birthday gift for a friend so stopped by Nihonbo Chopstick Store in Hiroo. Nihonbo has thousands of chopsticks (Hashi) from everyday to special occasion. You can even have the chopsticks personalized with your name engraved. Nihonbo Chopstick Store (Hiroo, Tokyo) I have been a loyal fan …

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