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Inflammation and Hives from Kemushi (Caterpillars)

If you have curious kids who love bugs then tell them to stay away from this one, the hairy caterpillar/kemushi. 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 …

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Buying Organic in Japan

Buying Organic in Japan by Maddy Pannell & Lee Yen Anderson We all strive to put food on the table that will nourish our families to keep them happy and healthy. Eating organic foods, where possible, is a great way to do this; ensuring quality nutrition, while avoiding pesticides and genetically modified …

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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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Wise Wise Tools (Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo)

Wise Wise Tools tea pots

Without fail, I have found beautiful “made in Japan” gifts at Wise Wise Tools in Roppongi Midtown. Although their assortment is not wide vs. other Japanese art and craft stores, the merchandisers have selected an amazing variety of home utilitarian items, decor, toys, and wear. A large percentage of the …

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Finding the Easter Bunny and Easter Goodies in Japan

Finding the Easter Bunny and Easter Goodies in Japan

Finding the Easter Bunny and Easter Goodies in Japan can be quite the challenge with limited quantities which sell out quickly. Easter is Sunday, April 21st so hop to it! We completed a store check yesterday (April 10th) and found Easter goodies including chocolate bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans available …

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Guide to Rice Cookers in Japan

Here is the Best Living Japan Guide to Rice Cookers in Japan. Rice is the staple of the Japanese diet and there’s no shortage of rice cookers (炊飯器 | すいはんき | suihanki) on the market that aim to make modern-day cooking as efficient as possible. This guide will walk you through …

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The Farmers Market at the UN University (Omotesando, Tokyo)

Love, love wondering through the farmers market at the UN University between Omotesando and Shibuya stations. Over 70 vendors come to sell their fresh produce, honey, rice and more. There are also food and drink trucks for hearty appetites. My kids and I bike to the market and spend an …

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Blue Forest Plus (Azabu, Tokyo) – Kids Haircuts

With four kids, I am always on the search for quality and quantity at a good price. If you have kidshaircuts on your list of things to do, I recommend a quick stop at Blue Forest Plus in Azabu Juban (located at the bottomof Sendaizaka). Blue Forest Plus, Azabu – …

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Living Motif (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Beautiful Interior Decor

Living Motif Roppongi Tokyo, Japanese Sake Cups

If you are in search of a great gift for someone special or just to treat yourself drop into Living Motif!  We originally wrote this post for Father’s Day, but it is still relevant if you love interior design and accessories. Living Motif has the most amazing selection of design …

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Easter Goods in Japan

Finding Easter Goods in Japan can be quite the challenge with limited quantities which sell out quickly. Easter is Sunday, April 1st so hop to it! We completed a store check yesterday (March 12th) and found Easter goodies including chocolate bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans available at the stores listed …

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Buying Menstrual Hygiene Products in Japan

Buying Menstrual Hygiene Products in Japan You have a variety of options when it comes to shopping for sanitary napkins and other menstrual hygiene products in Japan. Known as seiri shoriyou hin in Japanese (生理処理用品 /しりしょりようひん), you’ll find napkins, cloth napkins, tampons, and menstrual cups in Japan. Brands To Know …

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Shopping Online in Japan

Considering our modern busy lifestyles and the prevalence of technology, it’s no wonder that many of us gravitate towards shopping online. But, shopping online in Japan can be very different that what you’re used to. In this guide, we’ll take a look at online shopping in Japan, major retailers, shipping …

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Take-no-Megumi (Azabu, Tokyo) – Japanese Bamboo Crafts

The Japanese bamboo crafts at Take-no-Megumi in Moto Azabu are simple but so beautiful.  This wonderful little shop in Moto Azabu that has been in business for over 40 years. The founding family of Take-no-Megumi shop were originally manufacturers and wholesalers of bamboo products before opening their shop originally in …

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Sugahara Glass Store (Aoyama, Tokyo)

If you love beautiful art that is highly utilitarian then I recommend shopping at Sugahara Glass Store in Aoyama, Tokyo.  I had never heard of the Sugahara glass until the concierge at the Grand Hyatt recommended as a “brilliant shop”.  Sugahara (SGH) is now one of favorite stores in Tokyo …

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Madu (Aoyama, Tokyo) – Japanese Artisan Housewares

If you are a collector of Japanese housewares or looking for a unique gift Madu is a great spot. Madu has beautiful collections of ceramics from Japanese artisans. Each collection has a brief outline of the artist, and the shop staff can give you more details. Besides ceramics, they have …

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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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