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Summer 2021 Tokyo Antique and Flea Markets

Tokyo Antique Markets and Flea Markets

Although the COVID SOE has been extended until post Olympics Tokyo antique vendors are eager to bring their treasures to you again. Here is our updated list of early Summer 2021 Tokyo Antique markets & Shrine Sales. This list will be very fluid due to COVID uptick possibilities. Check each …

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Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pools – Updated 2021 Summer

Asukayama Park, Tokyo wading pool and splash parks

Check out our Tokyo Splash Parks and Wading Pool recommendations for 2021. Some of our recommended location are still closed but based on checking websites it seems the following are now open. A free or very inexpensive way to keep cool (er) in the sticky hot Japan summer. Most Tokyo …

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Tokyo Hot Summers – How To Keep Your Kids Cool

Now that the rainy season is official over the temps in Japan are rising quickly.  Here are some tips on Tokyo Hot Summers – How To Keep Your Kids Cool.  Protect yourself and your little ones by practicing sun and heat stroke safety.  Stay cool and safe! Check our Japan …

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What is Tanabata? – July 7th

Tanabata

Tanabata is celebrated on July 7th in Japan. Celebrate with your family! Buy a branch of bamboo, some cute origami paper, and write and tie wishes to decorate. Learn, go and make Tanabata! Remember July 7th.  Learn about Tanabata   The History – (content edited version of Wikipedia) Tanabata (七夕, meaning “Evening …

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Top 9 Tokyo Iris Gardens

Japanese Iris, Best Living Japan

My wedding flowers were irises so I have a sweet spot for them! Here are my favorite top 9 Tokyo Iris gardens.  Irises follow shortly behind hydrangea as the June rain fills the shallow water areas perfect for Iris blooms.  With over 2,000 species of Irises that bloom from late …

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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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Top Theme Parks in Japan

Japan has many amazing theme parks to offer from parks with thrill rides to soothing onsens. Here are our Top 20+ Theme/Amusement Parks in Japan that will have your kids asking for more. 100+ THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN TOKYO JOIN BEST LIVING JAPAN FOR A JAPANESE COOKING OR …

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Koinobori – Learn, Go, Make! – May Fun

Children's Day in japan, Best Living Japan

I love seeing the growing schools of koinobori swimming in the city sky this time of year. Do you have a koinobori (carp streamer)? I love the colors, the movement and the symbolism. The carp streamers are hung in celebration of Children’s Day which is May 5th.   If you have …

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30+ FREE ATTRACTIONS IN TOKYO WITH KIDS

Tokyo can be expensive if you have multiple children, but take heart there are some amazing attractions that are awesomely free.  Kids under four years are usually free at most locations, but the list below includes free locations for elementary school age kids and some for junior and senior high …

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Best Living Japan Artisan Fair – Fri & Sat, April 9 & 10

Best Living Japan Artisan Fair

Best Living Japan Artisan Fair is scheduled for Friday, April 9 & Saturday, April 10, 2021. We are proud to showcase 20+ amazing Artisans who have a fabulous selection of handmade food, crafts, and eco products. A wonderful opportunity to source handmade products for your home or gifts for the ones …

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Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

Tokyo & Kyoto Cherry Blossom Illuminations 2017

This spring weather is beautiful! Cherry blossoms are forcasted to bloom a bit earlier this year in Japan. Tokyo is forecasted for March 18th, 2021. We love taking morning walks under the cherry blossoms, but nothing beats the evening illuminated petals of white and pinks against the dark sky. Grab …

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Guide To Japanese Air Purifiers

Guide To Japanese Air Purifiers

Air purifiers  (空気清浄機/くうき せいじょう き/kuuki seijyou ki ) improve the air quality in your home or office by filtering out pollutants like dust, smoke, pet dander, and pollen. Some air purifiers in Japan also double as humidifiers (加湿器/かしつき/kashitsuki). With Spring underway, you may be searching for an air purifier. This is …

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Tokyo Plum Blossom Festivals  – 2021 February

Tokyo Plum Blossoms

During this COVID State of Emergency in Tokyo, we all can enjoy the simple pleasure of viewing and smelling the lovely Tokyo Plum Blossoms.  Here are our favorite locations in Tokyo to have fun viewing Plum Blossoms, although all the festivals have been canceled you can still mask-up and stroll through the …

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Jigokudani Monkey Park (Nagano-ken) – Must do!

If you are skiing in Nagano-ken this winter, spend half a day visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑). I took the kids there and we all had a great time seeing the monkeys and hiking into the valley. It is about 25-30K from Nozawa-onsen or Shigakogen ski areas making it an …

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Where to Buy a Christmas Tree in Japan 2020

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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Camping in Japan – Five Campgrounds near Tokyo

From Glamping to pitching your own tent we have your top 5 campgrounds near Tokyo covered. Camping in Japan can range from carrying your own camping gear and food to arriving empty-handed at campgrounds offering everything from tents and sleeping bags to tables and cooking utensils, and even food. Enjoy camping …

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Universal Studios Japan Tips – Osaka with Kids

Universal Studios Japan USJ Osaka with kids

We visited Universal Studios Japan in Osaka during Halloween month and loved it! Now added to our list of TOP Theme Parks in Japan and Osaka with Kids Itinerary here are our TIPS to enjoy your visit. Universal Studios Osaka is a character theme park with a collection of exciting entertainment …

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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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Autumn Foliage in Tokyo – 8 Best Locations

Late October through November is great foliage viewing in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Get on your bike or tie on your walking shoes for a full-day or couple hours of foliage touring. I recommend the following eight locations for foliage viewing in autumn. You can bike the entire loop in …

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