All posts tagged "Community"

  • A look at a Japanese Daycare Center

    There are many things that work in Japan that won’t work in other countries.  One of them is the ability of children to be independent and go about their day-to-day tasks with no parent or guardian in...

    • Posted March 4, 2017
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  • Danseur and Teacher James Amar gives ballet lessons to children.

      Tokyo families catches up with James.   What brought you to Japan? The wish to always come back! I came to Japan for the first time in 1981 (at age 11) with the Paris Opera Ballet...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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  • Mommy-friendly Nail and Beauty Salons in Tokyo with kids playroom

    Moms – we listened, we searched and we found! If your hands are aching for some TLC and you are looking for a place where kids can come too, we got you covered. Hop on the train...

    • Posted August 12, 2016
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  • Arigato Japan wants families to try its newly launched cooking classes and food tours.

    From finding good food off the beaten track to teaching how to cook an authentic Japanese dish, this resourceful Tokyoite turned her love of Japan into a business. Tokyo families catches up with Arigato Japan’s founder, Anne...

    • Posted April 19, 2016
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  • Could you be jailed in Japan if you homeschooled your kids?

    There are many resources about homeschooling in the United States to which some 2 million students have access. Here in Japan, I am surprised by how little information there is about education options for children in non-traditional...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Japan welfare program plans to aid moms and dads

    As women’s participation in the work force becomes increasingly important to Japan’s economic future, the Japanese government will introduce subsidies to companies that will allow dads to take time off to care for their children and promote...

    • Posted October 3, 2015
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  • Star Kids International Preschool

    Tokyo mum makes room for early learners in Minato-ku. Because this is Tokyo, there’s always a new restaurant to try, an entertaining event to watch and loads of stuff to do. Parents – this month, you have...

    • Posted September 7, 2015
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  • An interview with Leza Lowitz

    The journey to self-discovery through Yoga by American expat, Yoga studio owner and book author, Leza Lowitz, changed her approach to love and motherhood. Leza has penned 18 books including HERE COMES THE SUN: A journey to...

    • Posted September 7, 2015
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  • Cooking with Tao

    At age 18, Spain-born Tao Romera Martinez left his hometown Murcia to attend the INSA university in Rennes, France. Ten years ago, he came to Tokyo to do a six-month internship at the Tokyo Institute of Technology...

    • Posted August 14, 2015
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  • HOMELESSNESS in Japan

    ccording to the 2014 statistics by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, there are 7,508 homeless people in Japan of which up to 6,929 are men. It’s hard to believe that in our prosperous host country,...

    • Posted July 10, 2015
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  • Meet Priscilla

    While mulling over our scheduling issues and who’s lined up next to interview, I met by chance an interesting kindergartner who virtually grabbed my attention. Priscilla or “P”, as she is fondly called by people close to...

    • Posted July 8, 2015
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  • Are our kids in Tokyo safe from sexual predators? Statistics tell us.

    For many years, Japan has been a society where kids’ independence is supported. In Tokyo, most kids of elementary school age commute daily to and from school, alone, with a very small chance of being kidnapped or...

    • Posted June 14, 2015
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  • Meet Tracy Slater

    “Different social styles, similar family values” Even with a great divide among religions and races across the world, love works in wonderful ways. American freelance writer Tracy Slater, found love in Japan with a Japanese husband. But...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • Little Pizzaiolas in training

    “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Believing in empowering kids by teaching them how to cook, Domino’s Kids Pizza...

    • Posted May 11, 2015
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  • Fast vs functional fashion

    Fashion stylist mum shares practical tips on finding affordable, durable and stylish clothes for children in the city. Walking through the kids section of a ‘fast fashion’ shop such as Uniqlo, Zara, Forever 21 and H&M feels...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Your dining guidebook in Japan

    If all you can handle at Japanese restaurants is omizu kudasai or arigatou gozaimasu and don’t know what to say next at different situations while out and about in Japan, arm yourself with Situational Japanese: Dining in...

    • Posted April 9, 2015
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  • Frizzy, damaged hair? What’s the cure?

    Brazilian Blowout! Going to curl-focused stylists every couple of weeks is nearly impossible for moms whose parenting and work duties keep them too busy. Indeed, there are tons of quick-fix styling products in the market but those...

    • Posted March 11, 2015
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  • Mumpreneur turns hobby into business

    Has it ever occurred to you that you could run a business in Tokyo by doing what you love while raising a family? 32-year old mum Seema Bardia found her passion in baking and did just that....

    • Posted February 16, 2015
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  • The Truscott family : “Do as much research as possible before coming over. “

    With two small kids in tow (Thomas, 3 years old, and Harrison 15 months), Bree and husband left home to live in Japan. Being new to the country, we asked Bree how she is getting on with...

    • Posted October 3, 2014
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  • Minato city prepares families for major earthquakes

    In 2012, Scientists in Japan had predicted that Tokyo will experience another shake in the 7 magnitude range  by or around 2016 which could put 8.9 million people’s safety under threat. When the March 11, 2011 earthquake...

    • Posted October 3, 2014
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  • The Cialdinis: Family on a mission

    A few weeks back, I was invited to a party where I met a young mum named Veronica. She introduced herself as a mum to seven kids. “Seven?” I asked. “Yes, I have seven children, and that’s...

    • Posted September 8, 2014
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  • Lock and Roll

    Rushing to to the gate to catch a flight on time? Get one of these slick Micro Kickboards, a 3-wheeled carry-on-luggage that will get you there in a jiffy. The collapsible luggage scooter easily fits into standard...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Coco doco?

    It’s right here in the land of the rising sun. Kirin’s Tropicana Coconut water finally made it to Japan in time to beat Tokyo summer heat after enjoying popularity in the US. A more refreshing way to...

    • Posted August 9, 2014
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  • Tips for hiring a party photographer in Tokyo

    To estimate how much budget you should allocate for photographers to cover your party, start by understanding what work you expect to be done and how much  before you even begin your search. Not all photographers publish...

    • Posted July 12, 2014
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  • They make fun party cakes in Tokyo

    Kyle’s Good Finds American homestyle baking, Mr. Kyle designs any cake theme from a picture for any occasion with free delivery.   www.kylesgoodfinds.com              

    • 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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  • The K. International School student who came close to winning the Bee GAUTHAM GANESH ELANGO

    nglish is neither Gautham’s nor his parents’ mother tongue but he placed second in the last Japan Times Spelling Bee contest, beating all the other 35 hopefuls. Gautham speaks Japanese, English as well as Tamil. We asked...

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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  • Up close with Japan Times Spelling Bee winner MICHAELLA BOSTROM

    arch 22 was a great day for 14-year old Michaella Bostrom, a student of Kakegawa International Christian School in Shizuoka prefecture, who took home the trophy for winning the 5th Japan Times Spelling Bee contest. Her winning...

    • Posted June 12, 2014
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  • Meet Noemi Meneses Inoue

    Not known to many, the Councillor of Sumida ku was born on foreign soil and is a woman. How’s that possible? TF finds out. Born in La Paz, Bolivia in Dec 1961, Noemi Inoue completed her studies...

    • Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Happy Father’s Day!

    June 15 is Father’s day. What better way to show your appreciation and respect to the coolest dad in the world than by surprising him with something cool? The Techie Dad If your dad enjoys watching movies,...

    • Posted June 10, 2014
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  • Splash of Colour

    You no longer have to endure the Tsuyu (rainy season), embrace it by adding  a bit of colour.  Since the introduction of festival fashion from the likes of a young Kate Moss back in the day, good...

    • Posted June 5, 2014
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  • Tokyo Moms’ favorite hairdressers open a new salon in Azabu Juban

    I often hear gaijin moms ask other mothers where their children get a good hair cut in Tokyo. More often than not, the name “Kei” comes up. For 16 years Kei Sato was a professional hair cutter...

    • Posted May 7, 2014
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  • Top French Chefs in Tokyo help global humanitarian projects

     n collaboration with the Embassy of France and renowned French chefs from around the culinary community in Japan, Doctors of the World will showcase gourmet delights at a charity event on 3rd June, 2014 (Tuesday), to raise...

    • Posted May 1, 2014
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  • Yokohama lifestyle

    What inspires feelings about a city is the people that make up its community. There are 3.7 million residents (1.6M households)  including 75,297  foreigners who live and work in Yokohama,  Japan’s second largest city. What many people...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • The Baker family – Yokohama life: “Culturally diverse, convenient, kid-friendly”

    Where are the Bakers originally from? Bill was born in New Jersey and was there until 21 years old. I was born in the Philippines and moved to Hawaii’s North Shore at age 3. On a scale...

    • Posted April 7, 2014
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  • What could happen if everyone crossing Shibuya station was looking on their smartphone?

    As the number of smartphone users rise, so does related accidents. Giant cell phone provider NTT Docomo, concerned about these accidents, initiated a simulation of what could happen if everyone’s attention crossing the lanes was on their...

    • Posted April 3, 2014
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  • Weekend top grosser Frozen Beats Doraemon in sales

    If  you had spotted a crowd of little people and adults on queue outside the theatres last weekend, that’s because  it was the opening of Disney’s new 3D Animation film, Frozen (Japanese title: Anna to Yuki no...

    • Posted March 19, 2014
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  • Signed, sealed, delivered

    Japan, a country with nearly 20,000 interracial marriages a year that end in divorce has finally joined the Hague Convention after constant pressure by the United States and member countries from Europe. This means that Japan will...

    • Posted March 12, 2014
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  • 2013 Top 10 baby names in Japan

    Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance has released the top baby names in 2013.  Yuuma for boy and Yuna for girls remain to be the top favorites in Japan according to the survey.    Here are the top 10 names...

    • Posted January 8, 2014
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  • Chen family: Living frugally in Japan

    Many families put off reviewing family spending at the start of the year because they hope things will get better.  The not-so-welcome news of  the year and next,  is the impending consumption tax increase which economists predict...

    • Posted January 1, 2014
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  • Japanese preschooler donates his piggy bank savings to typhoon victims

    According to the United Nations, typhoon-ravaged Tacloban city, Leyte,  Philippines has recorded a death toll of 4,460 with the number still expected to rise as local and international disaster relief operations continue the search.  Some bodies are...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • A bright spot

    In less than three years following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan delivers a brand new 70 – megawatt solar facility powering up some 22,000 homes in Kagoshima from Nov 2013.   The ethereal-looking Kagoshima Nanatsujima Mega Solar Power...

    • Posted December 17, 2013
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  • Tiger Tiger Burning Bright

    The beginning of the month sees Tiger Copenhagen (Flying Tiger Copenhagen  for  Tokyo purposes), the Danish super cheap and super cheerful discount store with a sense of design, coming to town. We no longer have to travel to...

    • Posted October 6, 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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  • Head, foot, mouth disease (HFMD) outbreak

    As Japan’s July temperature hits the 33-35 degree level, the number of children reported to have been treated for  hand-foot-and-mouth infection (Teashikuchibyo) or a common form of coxsackie virus, is at its record high this year, according...

    • Posted July 17, 2013
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  • How much does a public daycare in Japan cost?

    Structure The curriculum objective of a public daycare in Japan is a mix of both childcare and educational play supervised by city authorized child care professionals. Hours Although the hours vary depending on municipality rules,  drop off...

    • Posted June 18, 2013
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  • Tokyo roads: How good a driver are you?

    You know the situation: you’re in the outer lane of the Expressway, going about 110 Km per hour, moving along with a fair bit of traffic.  A foreign car with blacked out windows comes charging up behind...

    • Posted June 18, 2013
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  • Tokyo International Kindercare opens

    A welcome addition to international schools in the Azabu area is the newly opened Tokyo International Kindercare,  a full time pre school and kindergarten located in Higashi Azabu .  Billed as a school offering world-class education yet...

    • Posted May 8, 2013
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  • Cost of Wedding in Japan

    The average spending in 2012 for a wedding ceremony in Japan according to an annual survey by Zekshi, Recruit Marketing Partners, was ¥34,380,000 with 73 as the average number of invited guests. Compared to the result of...

    • Posted May 1, 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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