All posts tagged "activities"

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Knitting for Charity, an adult enrichment program at Saint Maur International School

    I began knitting and crocheting for KAS (Knit a Square) in December 2014 as a way to get rid of all the  yarn I had in my cupboards. Of course, like everyone else, once I cleared out...

    • Posted June 20, 2017
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  • Take your kids horseback riding in Tokyo for free

    Apart from being known as a sport, did you know that horseback riding can also improve your child’s motor skills and intelligence? Researchers at Tokyo University of Agriculture discovered that when you’re on the saddle, vibrations are...

    • Posted May 27, 2017
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  • Our Family Routine: Exploring Japanese Architecture

    See the city at its best and enjoy a great day out with your family through a visit to these architectural marvels.

    • Posted May 21, 2017
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  • Places to eat somen noodles from bamboo gutters. Kids love it!

    Eating nagashi or flowing somen noodles from a long bamboo gutter is a popular summer activity for Japanese kids. The longest distance to flow noodles down a line of bamboo gutters ever made measures 3,317.7 m (10,871...

    • Posted May 20, 2017
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  • Where Moomin Family Lives

    Want to take the kids out to Moomin land? Technically, it’s called Akebono Kodomo no Mori Koen (Akebono Children’s Forest Park) where the beloved Swedish cartoon character Moomintroll and his dad, Moominpappa, and mom, Moominmamma supposedly live....

    • Posted April 11, 2017
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  • All-you-can-eat 5-7 varieties of strawberry

    trawberry picking is gaining momentum and has muscled its way into one of Japan’s essential seasonal activities, alongside cherry blossom viewing, and autumnal foliage watching. However, rather than being a passive pastime, it’s a great family activity,...

    • Posted March 12, 2017
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  • Want to get your child started on a pedal bike? These Tokyo parks teach children for free.

    It’s a milestone for any child to be able to learn how to ride a bicycle especially in bike-mad Tokyo. However, despite tons of tutorials on YouTube, teaching kids how to pedal is probably one that’s best...

    • Posted February 19, 2017
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  • Aikido state of mind

    People in 67 countries around the world take Aikido lessons according to Aikikai Foundation, the official organization promoting one of the most respected Japanese Martial Arts. It is no surprise that like me, many people are drawn...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Kougai Park in Nishi Azabu

    Kougai Park in predominantly residential neighborhood of Nishi Azabu is surrounded by schools, and a variety of mom and pop stores. The park run by Minato district ward has a bench, swing, slide, obstacle course, a drinking...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • Rent a go-kart in Tokyo

    If riding a bike to tour the city isn’t thrilling enough, the city offers another fun option. Rent a go-kart. Go-karting is the coolest and most fun way to cruise around town for dads, moms and tweens....

    • Posted November 15, 2016
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  • Wild Magic Outdoor Park

    A huge urban outdoor park named Wild Magic in Toyosu station is now open to the public. The new self-contained camping site that opened in July 2016 sits on a 1.6 hectare space dedicated to pure outdoor...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • Chess for kids

    2,000-year old chess is never too old a game to introduce to the digital generation. For starters, chess is a tactical game that kids need to learn early to get ahead in life. What it does to...

    • Posted June 8, 2015
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  • Cinema Paradise

    New life is being breathed into the cinema in Tokyo with the opening of two new cinemas: in Ebisu, the reopening after a 4-year hiatus of the bijoux Yebisu garden cinema, offering a refined selection of foreign and independent...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • She quits her day job to start Japanese homestyle cookery classes

    Four years ago Mayuko Okada was a sub manager for a cosmetic company. At work, she met a Japanophile couple touring Japan from Finland with whom a friendship blossomed. Because of the couple’s love for Japanese culture...

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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  • A great indoor play area for kids in Diver city

    I was on my way for an outdoor play with my two-year old when it suddenly rained.  Not wanting to spoil the day, we ran for cover at a nearby cafe where I made a quick online...

    • Posted October 28, 2014
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  • Glitter Tattoo artist adds sparkle to kids’ parties

    Long before style crazed tattoos hit the body art scene, people in India and the Arab countries have been using temporary art in the last 5,000 years to decorate their hands with Mendha (Henna) for celebratory occasions....

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • C’est Joli

    JoliNails, a one-stop shop for all things fun and glam offers exciting party packages for kids in Tokyo. In search of where to fete your baby Gaga’s next big day? Tired of boring parties? Parents – a...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • Hamagin Children Space Science Center

    A 5-storey science center for children that resembles a giant spaceship, the Hamagin children Space Science Museum offers a wide range of hands-on activities including a Space theatre that makes your stargazing experience feel and look real....

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • A work space in Meguro, brings creative craftspeople together under one roof

    “Maker’s Base is essentially a work space you wish having one at home,” says Tokyo dad Kenji Matsuda. You pay a member’s fee for the use of the place and equipment just like you would at a...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • An Outdoor adventure in Tarzania

    Looking for family adventure?  Tarzania seems to top the adventure seeker’s  list of places to go to.  It is more than just child’s play. Over half of its visitors are adults only.  There are two main courses...

    • Posted March 5, 2014
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  • Hot Feat

    Fancy something different to the usual stroll in the park then head for Mt. Takao to the annual fire walking festival, Hiwatari-sai. Held at Yakuoin temple set on Mt.Takao, marvel at the Yamabushi monks as they walk...

    • Posted March 3, 2014
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  • Megaweb

    Looking for adventure?  Get your motor runnin’.  Your little darlings will make it happen. Toyota City Showcase is not only for the grown ups. Within the Megaweb complex is a special place for little kids to discover...

    • Posted February 12, 2014
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  • Pre-natal swimming in Tokyo

    Among the things a medical practitioner will tell you once pregnancy is confirmed is to take good care of your health.  This means abstaining completely from alcohol, eating a good balanced diet and doing a lot of...

    • Posted April 2, 2012
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  • 11 fun activities that kids will enjoy

    As spring makes its presence known, there's no denying that the season of hibernation is finally over. What better way to welcome brighter days than to planning fun activities for the brood?

    • Posted February 29, 2012
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  • After the water breaks, swim for your life (not a story about natural disasters)

    After conception, humans spend about nine months being nurtured within a water-based environment…so, what should we do to nurture our- selves “after the water breaks”? It is generally understood that swimming is “essential” for “human life” in...

    • Posted July 29, 2011
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  • Kids’ summer activities

    The school year is almost over and your les petits await activities that are fun and enjoyable to welcome the warm bliss of summer. Don’t disappoint them. Go outdoors, foster friendships and keep those minds in shape....

    • Posted June 9, 2011
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  • The benefits of learning how to swim

    The benefits of swimming are unique, uplifting, and contribute to the positive development of the child. Through the soothing medium of water, children are able to tap into both their internal and external potentials. Most children enjoy...

    • Posted October 24, 2010
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  • Swimming for kids in Tokyo

    When the summer heat is just too much, there’s nothing better than a dip in the pool. Dive on in and stay cool. Stop! Rule number 1: Under absolutely NO circumstances may you dive into a municipal...

    • Posted July 27, 2010
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  • Life skills taught at Kidzania

    All parents have hopes for their children’s future. You can see the glint in Mum’s eye as she watches her little girl don a stethoscope and white coat. Who wouldn’t love to see their child grow up...

    • Posted May 27, 2010
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  • The Hoopla

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Hula hoops. The mention of those colorful rings may first evoke images of children of yore at play. But these days, hoops are coming back full circle (sorry!) in a whole new...

    • Posted July 26, 2009
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  • What the kick! (A Karate class experience in Tokyo)

    From a small Island in Canada, I am brought to Japan as an intern to pursue my dream of writing and take the vacation of a lifetime. When coming to Japan, I was a tad nervous of...

    • Posted May 30, 2009
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  • Globa Tennis

    Tennis - a lifetime sport for your child. Kids benefit from having fun, learning teamwork, sportsmanship and competitiveness. Starting early is the key.

    • Posted March 30, 2009
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  • Bend it like Beckham

    David Beckham’s father famously took his son to their local park in London every evening when he was a boy, encouraging him to practice striking a dead ball, controlling a pass and thumping half-volleys into a goal....

    • Posted February 1, 2009
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  • Pool fever

    Welcome to Aquadrome

    • Posted June 30, 2008
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  • Join the club

    After school activities take over the lives of Japanese teens

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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  • Back to basics

    Getting your feet wet

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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  • Making magic

    Tokyo's greatest children's entertainer gives the game away

    • Posted June 1, 2008
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