All posts by Tokyo Families

  • Tokyo moms are back to the grind

    School is back in session and we parents can heave a sigh of relief. It isn’t that we don’t enjoy having the kids around all through summer vacation… it’s just that, well, sometimes it can be too...

    • Posted August 21, 2017
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  • LEGOLAND® Japan opens in Nagoya

    The iconic Lego bricks loved by children and adults have found a new home in Nagoya.  LEGOLAND® ‘Nagoya is Japan’s first and 8th amusement park in the world.  The theme park welcomes all families with children  2...

    • Posted April 1, 2017
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  • “Why we chose an international school for our boys.”

    The hallmark of being bicultural is one’s exposure to two languages and having two cultural identities.  A recent European study explains bicultural kids are more likely at ease when they are with other people with the same...

    • Posted January 4, 2016
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  • Moke’s Bread and Breakfast joins the sweet revolution

    Japan’s love affair with Belgian waffles is over.  Have the Japanese toned down their sweet cravings?  Er, not exactly.   The attention has just shifted to another sweet temptress called pancakes.   The pancake craze in Japan is real...

    • Posted November 11, 2013
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  • Cinnamon’s

    American family restaurant Cinnamon’s claim to fame started in its resort hometown in Kailua, Hawaii.  This led to the opening of its first overseas branch in Omotesando. Cinnamon’s restaurant offers typical American breakfast staple from Eggs Benedict,...

    • Posted November 11, 2013
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  • 9-year-old wonder boy impresses Real Madrid

    Takuhiro Nakai’s amazing soccer technique was first posted on YouTube when he was seven. His stunning footwork has created quite a stir.   With close to almost 1.9 million YouTube page views and still counting, Pipi, as he...

    • Posted October 22, 2013
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  • Sarabeth opens in Daikanyama

    Sarabeth Levine is unstoppable.  After the success of her first shop in Shinjuku , where a  throng of curious Japanese people patiently lined up for hours when it opened in Nov last year,  Sarabeth adds a branch...

    • Posted October 2, 2013
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  • Divorce numbers in Japan decreasing

    According to the 2011 statistics released by Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry, there had been a sharp rise in the number of divorce cases between 2000 and 2005.   The same study reports that in the...

    • Posted September 12, 2013
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  • The SIM CARD option in Japan

    All mobile phone carriers in Japan competing in the market have just one common goal-  to lock each subscriber in to a fixed monthly fee in addition to the actual calls made, for up to two years. ...

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Skype Classrooms Becoming the Norm

    Japanese language teachers are now reaching out to students who want to take a course but lack the time to commute to school via SKYPE classrooms. One Japanese teacher says, “It’s pretty good considering the money students...

    • Posted August 7, 2013
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  • Community News

    Skype Classrooms Becoming the Norm Japanese language teachers are now reaching out to students who want to take a course but lack the time to commute to school via SKYPE classrooms. One Japanese teacher says, “It’s pretty...

    • Posted August 5, 2013
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  • Angelina Jolie arrives in Tokyo Monday to give a speech on preventing sexual violence

    “Rape is not a woman’s issue, or a humanitarian issue, it is a global issue”. Angelina Jolie, UNHCR special envoy Hollywood mega star and director Angelina Jolie arrives in Tokyo Monday for a special screening of her debut...

    • Posted July 26, 2013
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  • Poppy

    A new gadget  is making its way to the iPhone community.  It’s called “Poppy”.  Poppy turns an iPhone into a 3D camera where you can capture, view and share video clips and photos in one device.   ...

    • Posted July 14, 2013
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  • Tommy Lee Jones visits Japan

    Academy award winner Tommy Lee Jones will be visiting Japan next week to promote his latest flick “Emperor”,  scheduled for Japan release on July 27.   Tommy Lee Jones, age 66,  plays Douglas MacArthur in “Emperor”, a ...

    • Posted July 9, 2013
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  • Ritsumeikaikan Keisho joins Sapporo Colibri Network

    French Ambassador  Christian Masset, accompanied by his wife and the director of the French Alliance Sapporo, signed  the membership of   Ritsumeikan Keisho to the Sapporo Colibri network on June 28, 2013. Under the Cultural Department of...

    • Posted July 9, 2013
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  • Pre and post natal pains

    Headaches, back, neck, muscles, and shoulder pain? Well, that’s all a part of the nine-month stretch. During late pregnancy, the breasts and uterus get bigger, abdominal muscles grow and nerves are strained with the movement and growth...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • War Zone

    If your family escapades of late have been missing excitement, there is one place that will surely get that adrenaline rushing again: the War Zone. (And this doesn’t mean having to enlist the entire clan!) Located in...

    • Posted July 5, 2013
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  • The sun is out and the outdoors beckon!

      Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise If you prefer your aquatic ventures with interaction with nature, then Hakkeijima Sea Paradise is the heaven you’ve been waiting for. Penguins, dolphins, polar bears, turtles, and many other stars of marine...

    • Posted June 17, 2013
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  • Two Rooms

    Two Rooms Grill & Bar (Omotesando)  The eggs Benedict is an option when you order  a  two-course brunch set (¥2,950).  The set consists of cereals with fresh fruits, potato cream, salmon tartare, white cheese, duck confit, spring...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Suji’s

    Suji’s (Roppongi)  Located near the Ikurakatamachi crossing this famous alfresco offers a wide array of typical American comfort foods from meatloaf and Philly Cheese steaks to Eggs Benedict. The portions are also big which is a welcome...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Roti Roppongi

     Roti Roppongi  If you haven’t heard of Roti Roppongi you must be new to Tokyo.  The American brasserie run by English chef Ian Tozer has been dishing out the best meals in town.  Eggs Benedict at Roti...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • The Peninsula Hotel Tokyo

    The Peninsula Tokyo  Eggs Benedict at the hotel is a choice of either bacon or salmon but the  grand, luxurious setting makes up for the limited choice. The eggs come as a duo with a side dish...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Girandole at the Park Hyatt Hotel

    Girandole (Park Hyatt Hotel Tokyo)  Surprisingly, this is one of the hotels in Tokyo where eggs Benedict is offered a la carte and not a part of a buffet. That’s because it is one of the house’s...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Lauderdale

    Lauderdale (Roppongi Hills)  This French-inspired bistro has everything “eggs” from souffles, omelets, to eggs Benedict among others. You have a choice of bacon and salmon (¥1,800) or bacon and shrimp guacamole (¥2,100).  The portions are as reasonable...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Good Honest Grub (Shibuya)

    Good Honest Grub (Shibuya)  A popular hangout of foreigners on weekends and holidays for a reason.  The eggs Benedict here which is served in duo or trio complete with hash browns is the main attraction. The nicely...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • French Kitchen, Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel

    French Kitchen (Grand Hyatt Tokyo Hotel – Roppongi Hills)  Here’s where you can eat Eggs Benedict live as you want it. An all-you-can-eat French style buffet setting,  customers get a complimentary glass of champagne.  A wonderful terrace...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Cerise by Gordon Ramsay, Conrad Tokyo Hotel

    Cerise by Gordon Ramsay (Conrad Tokyo)  This is a Michelin three-starred casual restaurant. The plate consists of two perfectly poached eggs on English muffins with cooked spinach and ham baked in Hollandaise sauce without a side dish....

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Il Teatro (Chinzanzo Four Seasons Hotel)

    Il Teatro (Chinzanzo Four Seasons Hotel)  Two poached eggs, honey glazed ham and fresh asparagus spears on top of freshly baked British muffins with Hollandaise sauce topping. Portion is fairly small for an average eater but suits...

    • Posted May 11, 2013
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  • Chocolate Truffles in 9 easy steps

    We know the pressure of being a mom. Not all moms have the luxury to take time off from the most important job in the world to do as she pleases. What better way to show appreciation...

    • Posted May 9, 2013
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  • Why Mandarin classes for kids?

    Tokyo parents are turning to Mandarin classes to have young children get a headstart in a language believed to make a difference in the future global job market. China’s Ministry of Education announced that nearly half of...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • A new drink in town

    Kirin Beverage launches  its “Seikai no Kitchen Kara”  brand (from the kitchen of the world) on the occasion of its 7th year in the market selling delicious health drinks.  Seikai no Kitchen kara is highly inspired by...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • What’s cool?

    A new family-friendly app is on a mission to restore balance.  Join The Nine, the most unlikely gang of heroes in their desperate quest to restore balance to all things.  Until Aug 5, download Bucketz exclusively on...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • What’s cool?

    Cocco Bombata is the answer to your laptop and iPad woes. First, it has functional pockets and compartments skillfully designed to hold and protect your precious communication gadgets while you carry them around. Second, it has a...

    • Posted May 7, 2013
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  • Iidabashi Ramla Flea Market

    Iidabashi Ramla Flea Market 10am-4pm, May 6, 19, Jun 2. 1-1 Kagurakashi, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Nearest station is Iidabashi (Tozai, Yurakucho, Namboku, Oedo, JR Chuo & JR Sobu lines).

    • Posted May 4, 2013
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  • Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market

    Shinagawa Intercity Flea Market 10am-4pm, May 5-6, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2, 9. 2-15-2 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Nearest station is Shinagawa (JR and Keikyu lines).

    • Posted May 3, 2013
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  • Princess Mononoke: The Musical

    MAY 5 Princess Mononoke: The Musical Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic film and Ghibli classic, telling the story of young Ashitaka’s quest to defend the gods of nature against resource-consuming mankind, finds new life as an English-language musical, premiering...

    • Posted May 3, 2013
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  • Top 5 places in Tokyo for all-you-can-eat cakes and pastries

    Tokyo is a haven for all things sweet and delicious.  In fact, the very first thing that greets you when you enter an average coffee shop in Japan are luscious desserts and tempting sweets on display.  It...

    • Posted April 4, 2013
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  • Tokyo International Players Youth Program

    Now in its third successful year, the Tokyo International Players Youth program will be presenting the results of their theatre studies with performances scheduled for April 25th to 28th at Momo Theatre in Nakano. The students, aged...

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • The kitchen therapy

    The last thing you want to see when you come home from a long day of work is a mess.  More so if you live in a small apartment in Tokyo with young children. The floor plan...

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • Bi-cultural marriage: Alex & Ray

    Cross-cultural, multi racial mingling is part and parcel of living in Japan. We invite couples to share their thoughts and speak up about life in our mixed up world.This month, cover girl Sasha’s mom Alex from Belarus,...

    • Posted March 3, 2013
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  • Flu-proofing

    Did you know that germs can stay on your kid’s clothes for many hours?   And it can transmit an illness to the rest of the people in the house. Japanese daycares are generally sanitized and less likely...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • Love thermometer: are you a hot couple?

      Children have a way of getting in between you and your partner’s intimate life but studies show that passion is arguably one of the surest ways to keep stress in check.  We surveyed 52 couples in...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • 15-minute core exercises for moms

    After having a baby, the abdominal walls weaken and loses its shape. The quickest and safest way to strengthen the deepest layer of the abdominal wall is by doing regular core-focused exercises even for a few minutes...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • The perfect workout for the face

    Looking at myself in the mirror used to be fun. Not anymore. Fine lines on the forehead appear,  jowls start to show signs of sagging, right eyelid drooping and my skin is thinning, losing the firmness it...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • Top 10 baby names in Japan and the USA

    One of the largest life insurance companies Meiji Yasuda Seimei released the official results of its research on the most common names of Japan-born babies in 2012.For the first time in eight years since 2004, the name...

    • Posted February 3, 2013
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  • Detecting autism signs early

    Autism affects information processing and prevents individuals from proper understanding of what they perceive in their surroundings.   Symptoms range from mild to severe impairments:  reciprocal social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communications, rigid or repetitive patterns of behaviour.  ...

    • Posted January 2, 2013
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  • Chateau School: a new concept in international education

    The chic area of Omotesando is not only the mecca of fashion but also the new home to Chateau School. The building is reminiscent of a French chateau overlooking a miniature fountain.  Chateau School is not your...

    • Posted January 2, 2013
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  • Yoga or gym?

    There are many similarities between yoga and gym sessions but so are the differences.  A  yoga practice provides an effective and challenging whole-body workout while stilling and focusing the mind.  The good thing about yoga is that...

    • Posted January 2, 2013
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  • Say what? Quotes by experts on bilingualism

    "As we did our research, you could see there was a big difference in the way monolingual and bilingual children processed language. We found that if you gave 5- and 6-year-olds language problems to solve, monolingual and...

    • Posted December 30, 2012
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  • English immersion in early childhood

    Raising a bilingual child is a goal of many parents in an international setting and research shows that students can gain additional cognitive, academic and employment benefits from speaking more than one language. Developing second language skills...

    • Posted December 30, 2012
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