All posts by TF Tribe

  • La Ditta Limited brings a bit of U.K. to Roppongi Hills

    Leading brands from British fashion and finance to music and cars  will gather at Roppongi Hills for “The Great British Weekend”.  The first large-scale British cultural festival is a family-friendly event organized by La Ditta Co., Ltd....

    • Posted November 20, 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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  • Let’s Play Two

    Let’s Play Two a World Series champion Documentary film (120 mins) chronicling Pearl Jam’s legendary performances at Wrigley Field during the Chicago Cubs historic season on Aug 20 and 22, 2016, will be released in Japan. Fans in...

    • 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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  • American Thanksgiving Meals in Tokyo 2017

    The season to profess our gratitude has returned full circle. The North American holiday of Thanksgiving started as a commemoration of the Pilgrims’ arrival to the new world and make peace with its residents. Fast forward through...

    • Posted November 13, 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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  • The Ones Below

    New neighbors expecting a baby move into a flat where Kate who is also having her baby live with her husband. Months later after Billy, Kate’s baby, was born. Odd situations and disturbing noises ensue.It’s a slow...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • Gifted

    A young gifted girl struggles to be normal and is the pawn of an aggressive grandmother. The language was rough – several swear words. I was a bit uncomfortable with my 10 year old in attendance. The...

    • Posted November 13, 2017
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  • Kubo and the two strings

    The latest exquisitely twisted offering from the Laika animation house is a jaw-droppingly beautiful hero’s journey. Young Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson) is a boy with the magical ability to bring his vibrant origami creatures to life...

    • 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, the work of putting them on a...

    • 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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  • Movies

    11 November 2017 Their Finest (2016) The Age of Shadows (2016) Neruda (2016) Rodin (2017) Bow Then Kiss (2017) Pumpkin and Mayonnaise (2017) Gekijoban Haikara-san ga Toru Zenpen: Benio, Hana no 17-sai (2017) Extrand (2017) Ototoki (2017...

    • 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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  • Need a little inspiration ? Try the way of the Ninja.

    A world of sabotage, espionage, assassination, and a knack for looking good in black! Practitioners of the ancient art of ninjutsu or ninpo sneak unnoticed into enemy camps or people’s houses, disguising themselves so as to conceal...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • MR. SUPERFLAT: Takashi Murakami

    Takashi Murakami is arguably one of the most prominent Japanese modern artists. The leader and driving force behind the artists’ collective Kai Kiki Co, Ltd., Murakami and the artists of the collective are known for their mass...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Celebrate the Halloween Season with these awesome treats

    Parents – we know how you feel with kids and sugar addiction. But Halloween isn’t the time to skip over one of the most obvious reasons kids look forward to the season – the Halloween treats! Pause...

    • Posted October 18, 2017
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  • Aomori man fakes coffee that could benefit pregnant women

    A number of researchers say caffeine consumption by pregnant women could affect fetal weight and/or delay time of gestation. While there’s still no clear answer as to how much caffeine is safe during pregnancy, gynecologists advise pregnant...

    • Posted October 15, 2017
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  • Sharp’s new family type washer/dryer redesigned

    These days, there’s nothing stopping tech-savvy and design-conscious millennials from taking their rant or rave online about a product they hate or love. This, in a way, has transformed consumers into ‘brand influencers’.  As a result, the...

    • Posted October 7, 2017
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  • Registering a Bicycle in Tokyo

    Urban commuting has never been easier – thanks to the mighty bicycle that has been around for over 200 years. Over fifty percent of Tokyo moms rely every single day on a ‘mama chari’ (the Japanese term...

    • Posted October 4, 2017
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  • Acer announces release of Chromebook 11 in Japan

    Acer has announced the release in Japan of Chromebook 11 series BC311-7H-N1-411 and C731-N14N this month. Billed as the laptop with a killer battery life but costs considerably less than a MAC or Windows, Chromebook 11 hit...

    • Posted September 27, 2017
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  • When is the best time to buy your child his first bike?

    Honda says, when your child is 3.5 years old or at least 95 cms in height. Honda rolls out its new 16-inch D-Bike Master and D-Bike series for first-time riders this month. The conventional way of teaching...

    • Posted September 27, 2017
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  • The Root Cause Of Constipation in Toddlers Many Parents Overlook

    Doctors say if your child has fewer than three bowel movements in a week or an unusual poop size or texture, it needs to be addressed. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell just how they’re feeling, and whether...

    • Posted September 26, 2017
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  • Ajinomoto Spices Up Gyoza’s Appeal To Attract Foreigners

    The world is craving for Japanese food. The interest in Japanese food is said to be increasing according to the latest statistics by UNESCO.  As of January 13, there are about 55,000 Japanese restaurants registered abroad and...

    • Posted September 26, 2017
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  • 61ST CWAJ PRINT SHOW

    The CWAJ Print Show, the largest contemporary Japanese print exhibition in Japan held annually, returns for the 61st time showcasing 204 prints, all but a few produced after 2015 by 201 renowned artists including new exhibitors. Five...

    • Posted September 12, 2017
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  • Japan has a drinkable tofu. No, it’s not like soy milk.

    A new drink has recently hit the store shelves at Tokyo’s convenience stores called “Nomu Tofu” or a drinkable Tofu. I happened to grab one at the store today and tried it.   It is easy to assume...

    • Posted September 12, 2017
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  • The Best of Tokyo Edutainment: AQUARIUMS AND WATER PARKS

    A voyage of discovery

    • Posted August 1, 2017
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  • Swimming Pools in Tokyo for 500 yen or less

    If you’re put off by overpriced theme parks and hotel pool rates in Tokyo, here is a list of  swimming pools run by city wards that are well-kept, secure and above all, very affordable. Check the one...

    • Posted July 31, 2017
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  • Summer Days: Soak up some sun!

    In a former incarnation, Tokyo’s ex governor, Ishihara Shintaro wrote the award winning novel “Season of the Sun” (Taiyo no Kisetsu) depicting the hedonistic lifestyle of young sun worshipers who hung out on Kanagawa’s long stretches of...

    • Posted July 30, 2017
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  • Snoove

    If you haven’t checked out Aprica’s new premium class 3-wheeler SNOOVE stroller yet, you may be in for a surprise. While it is packed with new safety and comfort features to suit a Tokyo lifestyle such as...

    • Posted July 27, 2017
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  • Meet the widest gaming monitor

    Kicking back with Samsung’s latest offering and mother-of-all wide monitors offers an immersive gaming experience. We’re talking about CHG90, the very first ultra wide monitor never before seen in the market.   The 49-inch CHG90 with a...

    • Posted June 10, 2017
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  • Gearing up for the Natsu Matsuri

    Gearing up for the natsu matsuri.

    • Posted June 2, 2017
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  • How To Make A Summer Berry Gelato with Yogurt

    Soft, fluffy and so refreshing! Blueberries abound in this healthy and fresh take on a summer favorite. A pure, clean combination of berries, cream, and yogurt with the maximum fruity flavor and none of the fat found...

    • Posted June 1, 2017
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  • Terrace Dining With A View

    Now that summer is officially here, treat yourself to a restaurant with a good view. The private terrace with the panoramic view of Tokyo Bay at Italian restaurant “Ristorante Mangiare” in Odaiba opens to the public starting...

    • Posted May 31, 2017
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  • No sugar, no additive all-natural juice

    Shine and Shine, the all-natural juice that promises to boost your energy through the day will be available at Sunkus, Family Mart and Circle K convenience stores from today. This health fix comes from a blend of...

    • Posted May 30, 2017
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  • Dual purpose Modern Yukatas

    Amina Collection Co., Ltd. an apparel company based in Yokohama sets a modern tone to Japan’s traditional Yukata worn in summer.  These 2017 Yukata prints under the ‘Chaihane’ brand, come in 15  patterns –  Okinawa style red...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Personalised child’s drawing engraved into dad’s leather accessories

    The best Father’s day gifts are made with thought and love that become more priceless over time. Japanese leather goods store, Business Leather Factory, starts a personalised engraving service ahead of  Father’s day (June 18) at 8...

    • Posted May 28, 2017
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  • Try this authentic Japanese summer dish at home

    In the spring and summer,  Japanese people love to eat their noodles and fish cold.  Here’s a delicious sashimi recipe shared by Reiko Yoshikawa for your summer eating pleasure. Salmon Tataki with Ginger Sauce Dashi soy sauce...

    • Posted May 27, 2017
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  • Go-kart companies asked by police to improve riders’ safety

    Out of twelve go-kart accidents reported in the city which Japan’s Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has been tracking since March, ten of them involved foreign tourists. Zooming away in a go-kart  has become a popular way of...

    • Posted May 22, 2017
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  • Tokyo resident Nicoleta Oprisan’s 5 Senses Collection

    Want to bring bold, feminine skirts into the season? Who better to make that a reality than Nicoleta Oprisan. A professional Ikebana artist, perfume stylist and Japan-based designer, Nicoleta Oprisan, wanted to extend her love of art...

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • Green spaces massage the body and brain, says Japanese research

    Nature bathing is a national pastime for Japanese people. It is easy to understand why. The air outside the city just feel fresher and better. Another reason is they know something most of us don’t. The Japanese...

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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