Let us celebrate the Little Things Moms Love about Japan. Being a mom in Japan can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t speak the language. However, there are also so many little things that make our lives a bit easier and fun each day. Cheers to being a mom in Japan. Please add to our list below!
Little Things Moms Love about Japan
1. Maternity leave – legally 12 months in Japan
2. Pregnancy tag for purses and bags – signifies to others nonverbally on trains to let you have the seat (work still in progress on people to give up seats, but good initiative)
3. Post birth hospital stay– 7 days stay in hospital with amazing food and service
4. Baby and kids boshitecho – health and immunization diary provided by the government, helps organize and track everything for 12- 15 years
6. Ladies day half price movies – just because mom needs a break
7. Kids’ meals at Japanese family restaurants for a few hundred yen
8. Electric bikes (Mamacharis) – no need for cars in Tokyo!
9. Kids walking alone – independence from six
10. Convenience stores – located everywhere and open 24/7 – rice balls, bandaids and more.
11. Baby chair in toilet stalls – no holding baby while on the public loo, and usually the bathrooms are so clean!!
12. Department store nursing rooms with hot water machine
13. Child only bathrooms – so cute and practical
14. Lost Child – don’t panic, Japan is super safe
15. Hoikuen (Japanese Public Daycare) – amazing value for working parents
What Moms Love about Japan
and Just a few pet peeves!
1. No garbage cans in public places – seem to haul garbage all over town when out and about
2. No hand towels or dryers in many public bathrooms – don’t forget to take your towel
3. Stairs at stations – nightmare hauling strollers or carrying sleeping ones
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