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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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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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Bamboo Recipes – Spring Shun!

Bamboo recipes

Spring in Japan is the season of bamboo and bamboo recipes. I adore cooking with bamboo which is so versatile, high in fiber and low in calories.  Bamboo shoots are a very seasonal vegetable, available in all supermarkets and vegetable shops between March and May. You can also purchase vacuum …

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Top Tokyo Cherry Blossom Locations for 2020

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossoms (Sakura) are going forecasted to bloom early this year starting on March 14th and peaking on March 23rd, so be prepared with our top Tokyo cherry blossom locations.  We listed the top Cherry Blossom viewing spots for picnicking, strolls and boat rides. Do you have one to recommend. …

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TOKYO AREA WINTER 2020 ANTIQUE MARKETS & SHRINE SALES

Here is our list of recommend Tokyo Area Winter 2020 Antique Markets and Shrine Sales. If you love antiques, or just want a one of a kind souvenir from Japan you must visit a Winter 2020 Tokyo Japan antique market. Every month there are between 25 -35 Tokyo Antique and …

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Tokyo Plum Blossom Festivals  – 2020 February

Tokyo Plum Blossoms

Here are our favorite locations in Tokyo to have fun at Plum Blossom Festivals and view February Plum Blossoms. No reason to have to wait for Cherry Blossoms. Visit Plum Blossom Festivals  1. Plum Blooms @ Koganei Park (Koganei) – You do not need to wait until April to see beautiful blooms. Plum blossoms are …

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Top 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo

Here are our Top Recommended 2020 Ski / Snowboard Day Trips from Tokyo. Great for families, offers lessons for kids and easily accessible. We will be adding more in the coming weeks. Do you have one to add? Please let us know in the comments section below. * Please check …

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Spring 2020 Tokyo International School Festivals

Over the next three months, there are some great Spring 2020 Tokyo International school festivals to attend. You do not need to have a child at these schools to attend and enjoy global cooking, music and many flea markets and raffles. Attending the Spring 2020 Tokyo International school festivals is …

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Grow an Indoor Bulb Garden – Bloom Brightly!

Grow an Indoor Bulb Garden in Japan

Grow a winter or early spring bulb garden for an easy and beautiful project. I am a flower and over-all gardening lover. From early April until late November I am in my garden digging, pulling and trimming, but in the cooler months, I enjoy planting bulbs indoor! If you are …

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Yokohama Chinese New Year Celebrations (Jan 25 – Feb 8, 2020)

Yokohama Chinese New Year celebrations  in Yokohama run between January 25 – February 8, 2020. Great fun and food! Yokohama has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world with over 140 years of history.  Although this is still quite new vs. Manila’s Chinatown established in 1590 or London’s in …

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Top 5+ Recommended Salad Spots in Tokyo

Increase your greens at our Top 5+ Recommended Salad Spots in Tokyo – all deliciously filling and healthy! 1) Green Brothers (Ebisu, Azabu Juban, Ark Hills, Otemachi) – Green Brother’s has three seasonal salad offerings and nine year-round offerings. The salad sets run from 1,090 to 1,380 JPY (prices include tax). They also …

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Japan Charities – Volunteer Opportunities

Tokyo charity events

Enjoy your life in Japan more by getting involved in Japan Charities. There are many volunteer opportunities to give time and or money to support great causes. I have curated a list of 10 Japan charities to help you find one just right for you. If you would like to nominate …

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Tokyo English Christmas Church Services 2019

Tokyo English Christmas Church Services

If you are in Tokyo for the holidays, consider attending one of the many beautiful Tokyo English Christmas Church Services. We have listed seven churches in Tokyo, and a handful in Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Some of my best memories of a child are attending services. Even if you are unable …

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Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter 2019-2020

Here are our recommendations for the Top Tokyo Ice Skating Rinks Winter 2019 – 2020. Check out the 15 recommended locations below with open dates, times and fees. Embrace the season and enjoy the seasonal outdoor rinks during the winter months, and if the love of skating hits you can …

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2018 Tokyo Santa Claus Meet & Greet Locations

It can be a challenge finding Santa in Tokyo, but we have double check the list and can recommend these ten 2018 Tokyo Santa Claus meet & greet locations between now and Christmas. Not all places allow for sitting on Santa’s lap and personal photo opportunities but where allowed we have …

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Tokyo Christmas Dinner 2019 – Top Holiday Dining Spots

The holidays are here, and it is time to plan your Tokyo Christmas Dinner 2019. Are you ready? Whether you have been nasty or nice, you deserve a nice tasting Christmas dinner. Here are our top recommendations for Tokyo area families. Reserve early! Happy Holidays! If you have other recommendations …

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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’s 2019 Tokyo Holiday Guide

Here is our 2019 Tokyo Holiday Guide. We`ve listed everything you need to get a start to the holiday season; where to purchase a Christmas tree and decorations, the best Christmas markets, where to see illuminations, and English Christmas church services in Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto and Osaka. Happy Holidays! Tokyo …

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