All posts by TF Tribe

  • Fighting Hay Fever in Japan

    This time of year, the pharmacies are rubbing their hands together whilst we are rubbing our eyes, that is if you are one of the 20 million plus sufferers of hay fever here in Japan. For families...

    • Posted February 13, 2018
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  • Toshimaen Winter Fantasia

    This month, temporary ice rinks around town will start their big thaw.  And if you fancy a final spin, you have until Feb. 25 at the Toshimaen Amusement Park to do so.  Except for the flying carpet...

    • Posted February 6, 2018
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  • Chinese New Year

    Feb 16 is Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dog – and you know what that means.  At the stroke of midnight on Feb 15, the traditional Chinese lunar calendar known as the Spring Festival...

    • Posted February 6, 2018
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  • Join the fun at the ISSH Family Festival 2018

    The International School of the Sacred Heart opens it doors on March 17 to the public to celebrate the ISSH FAMILY FESTIVAL 2018, an annual fun-filled charity event featuring food booths from many countries, live music and...

    • Posted February 5, 2018
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  • Five of the Best Gourmet Hot Chocolates in Tokyo

    If it hadn’t been for Van Houten’s invention of cocoa press which became the global template for all fine chocolates, this velvety drink wouldn’t have existed today. High quality cocoa powder usually comes from European countries. The...

    • Posted February 1, 2018
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  • What’s a kid-friendly hot springs resort?

    Not all hot spring resorts in Japan are suitable for kids. When in doubt, Japanese parents ask the Onsen Sommelier Kyokai (Onsen Sommelier Association).  The word “sommelier” is a Japan-specific term for “knowledgeable” and has nothing to...

    • Posted January 31, 2018
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  • Comedian Russell Peters comes to Tokyo with his bag of laughs

    Making people laugh and doing it so well as a career is no mean feat.  But thirty years in the comedy business firing one hilarious joke after another that leaves you laughing non-stop, Russell Peters surely made...

    • Posted January 30, 2018
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  • The Greatest Showman

    The straighforward musical  film takes a slice of  P.T. Barnum’s life (played by Hugh Jackman), failures and successes and puts it in the spotlight. Barnum was an author, politician, philanthropist, and businessman in the 19th century. He...

    • Posted January 30, 2018
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  • Tokyo has a new digital art museum

    Digital art aficionados have something exciting to look forward to this summer. Japan’s urban developers Mori Building and teamLab, a digital content production company,  are gearing up for the opening of  a full-scale digital art museum at...

    • Posted January 29, 2018
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  • A French style grocery store for organic nuts

    People’s appetite for organic food all over the world has increased five times over the last 2 decades. That includes Japan. According to statistics portal Statista, Japan is one of the world’s largest markets for organic food. ...

    • Posted January 28, 2018
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  • Love “Ichigo”? Take the family to the Strawberry Fair at the Alice-in-Wonderland-themed “Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant”

    Instagram-worthy strawberry-themed desserts galore! Who needs Disneyland when you can have this within a quick distance from Tokyo? Until February 28, Alice’s Fantasy Restaurant’s four Tokyo restaurants will be dishing out Alice-in-Wonderland-themed desserts.  The star of the...

    • Posted January 28, 2018
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  • Say Cheese…

    Cheese Table announces the opening of three designer style cafes : Shibuya on Feb 1st, Shinjuku on Feb 8, and  Ikebukuro on Feb 15. For three consecutive weeks, all three restaurants’ focus will be on artisanal cheese...

    • Posted January 27, 2018
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  • Do you want to change the world? Donate books, cds or dvds you no longer need.

    Despite the cramped living spaces in Japan, some families are guilty of or suffer from excessive book stockpiling. Japan has a word for wanting to keep well-loved books than one can ever read in a lifetime –...

    • Posted January 27, 2018
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  • Plaza Akasaka Nandemo: Indoor Play Space free for kids and teens

    With the cost of living in Tokyo being arguably high, no one could blame you for thinking that all indoor playgrounds charge admission fees. Except that a number of  government-run play spaces  like the Plaza Akasaka Nandemo ...

    • Posted January 26, 2018
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  • Exhibition: Ancient Civilization of the Andes

    Title ANCIENT CIVILIZATION OF THE ANDES Period until February 18, 2018 Hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Every Friday and Saturday) *Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. *Opening days, hours etc....

    • Posted January 23, 2018
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  • Super cool things you can do as a family in Ueno

    Did you know that with just a handful of yen, you can walk with the animals, talk with the dinosaurs and see some of the worlds’ treasures, all within shouting distance of each other, in downtown Ueno?...

    • Posted January 23, 2018
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  • 12 Best Adderall Alternatives: Natural Over-the-Counter ADHD Substitutes

    Adderall. It’s a word that will either make you cringe or make you smile, depending on who you ask. The drug’s intended to be used as a prescription medication to treat ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) and narcolepsy. Now,...

    • Posted January 19, 2018
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  • Paddington 2

    If it has been a while since you last took your child to a family movie, your little one will find this comedy animation film, Paddington 2, entertaining and funny Paddington 2, a sequel to the film...

    • Posted January 17, 2018
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  • Guam, the nearest beach destination from Tokyo

    Home to a friendly mix of lavish resort hotels, long sandy beaches, stunning inland waterfalls and the world’s biggest Kmart, it’s a GI Joe’s and Jane’s playground. Blessed with a rich cultural legacy and spectacular natural beauty,...

    • Posted January 12, 2018
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  • Movies

    30 January 2018 Inconceivable (2017) 01 February 2018 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) 02 February 2018 Raw (2016) 03 February 2018 The Promise (2016) Sleepless (2017) The Secret Scripture (2016) 06 February 2018 The Limehouse Golem...

    • Posted January 10, 2018
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  • See The Candy House At Tokyo Dome City

    With all of  the unique winter illumination events happening all over the city, Tokyo Dome offers a special kind of eye candy, the kind that appeals to every child. Tokyo Dome builds a magical 6-meter high “sparkling...

    • Posted December 23, 2017
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  • A New York Style Café Whips Over-The-Top Desserts

    If you have to create a map of cafés that serve the best desserts in Tokyo, Harajuku will no doubt be on the top of the list.  From fancy crepes to elaborately decorated pancakes, Harajuku cafés and...

    • Posted December 23, 2017
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  • The Seven Tubs

    Just a 50-minute flight away, Hachijo-jima where seven great onsen resorts can be found, lies about 300 kilometers south of Tokyo. This subtropical island makes for a fantastic weekend getaway, far from the hustle and bustle of...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • Sports Amusement Center “Legend Sports Heroes” opens Dec 22

    On your next grocery shopping at Costco Makuhari, make a side trip to the soon-to-open sports-themed indoor amusement center, The Legend Sports Heroes. The amusement center  located at the Makuhari Aeon Mall which opens Friday, Dec. 22, ...

    • Posted December 20, 2017
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  • A noodle restaurant for those who don’t eat pork

    When temperatures drop, nothing is as comforting as a bowl of piping hot ramen.  But since the rise of Japanese ramen as an international culinary trend, many muslims and vegetarians have been left out. Recently, the Japanese...

    • Posted December 15, 2017
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  • Japanese man offers a smart tip on how to add artsy effects to your photos with a cardboard.

    The city is well lighted up from the string of fairy lights at Christmas markets  to the grandiose displays at our favourite shopping centres. Capture the bright lights and add special effects to your shots without having...

    • Posted December 15, 2017
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  • The grandiose display at the Tobu World Square is worth seeing with your kids.

    Every year, our host country brings out a lavish set of decorations and turns it into an LED extravaganza.  The Tobu World Square is no exception. On our visit to Nikko’s monkey site Edo Wonderland, we made...

    • Posted December 15, 2017
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  • Why you should care about the meaning of stickers on fruits sold at grocery stores

    Stickers with numbers found on most fruits and vegetables are not just store codes. Most produce in Japan and worldwide contain PLU  (Price Look Up) codes  and at times, come with a bar code for scanning. You...

    • Posted December 14, 2017
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  • Has Tokyo’s version of a white Christmas – or lack thereof – gotten you down? Well, there’s only one thing to do: Go up!

    Snugged within Tochigi Prefecture’s high mountains is Nikko (literally “sunlight”). Located a mere 135 kilometers north of our concrete jungle, the city is home to some unique landmarks, majestic wildlife, and magnificent sceneries. There’s never a dull...

    • Posted December 14, 2017
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  • Christmas Ham Recipe

    Chestnuts roasting on an open fire! ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪ ♪♫•*¨*•. Oh, bring us some figgy pudding! Indeed, the carols prove that Christmas is more than just an occasion to stuff stockings, but one to fill the bellies as well....

    • Posted December 13, 2017
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  • Book-themed lounging room for rent by the hour, now open for business

    Inspired by Book and Bed hotel that opened last year in Tokyo, Tsutaya Book Apartment launches a similar  book-themed relaxation space in Shinjuku Dec. 6 (Wed). Tsutaya Book Apartment is a book-themed lounging room located on the...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Russia and Singapore outperformed the U.S. and England in Reading according to PIRLS 2016 global assessment

    More than 319,000 nine-to-eleven-year-old students worldwide participated in the 2016 Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS)  administered every five years since 2001 when it first started.  It is sponsored by the International Association for the Evaluation...

    • Posted December 6, 2017
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  • Tokyo Disneyland to build its third theme park

    Oriental Land which operates Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disney Sea has announced that another exciting expansion in 2025 is in the works. The new 300 billion yen project will be a third  park with strong themes unique...

    • Posted December 4, 2017
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  • Tokyo Toy Museum, an indoor play space filled with wooden toys

    Japan is in the middle of a serious demographic crisis. Nobody seems to make babies anymore, and one of the consequences is that many of the redundant kindergartens and elementary schools are being torn down. Luckily, once...

    • Posted November 24, 2017
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  • Top 20 popular baby names in Japan

    Akachan Honpo, Japan’s purveyor of baby goods and supplies has announced yesterday 2017’s Top 20 Most Popular Names for baby boys and girls. Data from  42,416 boys, 40,501 girls have been collected from 108 Akachan Honpo stores...

    • Posted November 16, 2017
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  • Totti Candy Factory

    You don’t have to wait for Santa Claus to reward your well behaved kids with something nice and sweet.  Take them to Totti Candy Factory. Totti Candy Factory, located in Harajuku,  sells traditional candies including cotton which...

    • Posted November 16, 2017
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  • Yesterday’s classroom won’t prepare our kids for tomorrow’s jobs .

    THE TALENT SQUEEZE IN JAPAN IS REAL. So much has happened in the last 20 years in the global job market. Despite Japan’s low unemployment rate, it is facing real challenges in filling up job vacancies. In...

    • Posted November 14, 2017
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  • Mamma Luisa’s Table

    A convivial atmosphere is just as important as the food for this eatery with a warm, Tuscan vibe. by Jackie Emoto   After a two-decade stint at Tokyo’s upscale restaurants, Florence-born food artisan, Pietro Androsoni, realized that...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • 5 Smart Ways To Stretch Your Tokyo Home Budget

    The most effective advice for responsible home budgeting is to never miss a bill, save money and pay in cash.  Personal finance gurus will tell you that effective home budgeting plays a large role in building patterns...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • Here comes a kiddie gourmet that babies love

    Babies need a balanced solid food from 4 months until two years. Parents who have tried making baby food at home and have given up because they can’t keep up with daily routine, cite time and storage...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • Don’t punish your children. Science says doing so comes at a big cost.

    Corporal punishment is a highly disputed topic among parents who have very strong opinions about whether it is right for a parent to smack a child or not as a form of discipline. In May 2016, a...

    • Posted November 11, 2017
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  • PIXI Academy: Building kids’ skills from the bottom up

    If children are expected to solve real global problems such as analyzing complex data, adopting a design-and-build mindset (using new media and computational thinking) as well as applying social intelligence, then the work of putting them on...

    • Posted November 11, 2017
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  • Getting Active with Taiko Drums

    Looking for a fun and exhilarating way to get fit ? How about an activity where you can learn about a traditional Japanese art form and improve your health? Then follow the beat to your nearest Taiko...

    • Posted November 10, 2017
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  • Fall foliage at Hida Region

    As autumn approaches, many city dwellers pack up and head for the mountainous Hida region to soak up the spectacle of Japan’s stunning fall foliage. But just outside the area’s gateway town of Takayama, it’s worth taking...

    • Posted November 10, 2017
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  • Paragliding and Canyoning in Japan

    With the amount of exercise you get from surfing trains, navigating from platform to platform, jostling elbows, or dodging lit cigarettes, it may seem that urban life is adventure enough. But take a deep breath and imagine...

    • Posted November 8, 2017
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  • Hakuba in Autumn

    If you’ve got the call of the wild, but only have a few days to satisfy the longing, head for Hakuba. Autumn is the ideal time to enjoy the spectacular alpine surroundings before the heavy snow creeps...

    • Posted November 6, 2017
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  • Burnout? Do what the Japanese do to heal the fatigue of body and mind.

    Being stressed over an extended period of time can leave one totally drained. If you are suffering from burnout and looking for respite away from the chaos of the city,  escape to a serene onsen resort in...

    • Posted October 26, 2017
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  • Kagurazaka, a charming mix of French and Japanese culture

    Head for the slopes and alleys of Kagurazaka for a French-flavoured outing. The little enclave of narrow streets and bistros nestled on the slope might not quite be Montmartre but with its narrow alleyways from old Edo...

    • Posted October 26, 2017
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  • Namco puts a twist on paper airplane play

    Playing with a paper airplane is one of the most popular games fathers in Japan play with their children.  But Japan’s game center and theme park operator Namco, thinks that after a few times these paper airplanes...

    • Posted October 25, 2017
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  • Q. Can my toddler learn a second language at home before starting school?

    Answered by Deborah D.K. Ruuskanen, Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vaasa, Yes. It is entirely possible to teach an infant two or even three languages, and four is not unheard of. In Europe, a...

    • Posted October 23, 2017
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