All posts tagged "Feature"

  • 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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  • Wealth Building: Where do you start?

    As the global economy continues to flounder, now more than ever it’s a pertinent time to review professional and personal goals. Equally important is a financial plan which if achieved, will eliminate professional concerns and provide a...

    • Posted February 2, 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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  • The Importance of Selfish Lovers for a Selfless Union

    Can you be selfish and still have a great relationship? There is an inherently negative reaction people give when they hear the word “Selfish”. After all, being selfish means you only think about your own wants and...

    • Posted January 30, 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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  • 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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  • Visiting the Tuna Auction in Action

    The best part of living in Tokyo is access to high quality food.  When it comes to finding where ‘maguro‘  or fatty bluefin tunas are, there is no place in the world bigger than the Tsukiji Fish...

    • Posted January 24, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Japan’s Internet Download Speed Has Just Gone Faster Than Last Year

    Internet speed-test company OOKLA reports internet download speeds for world’s broadband and mobile connections grew more than 30 percent in 2017. In just one year, Japan’s broadband download speed jumped to 73.51 mbps in 2017, a 20.7%...

    • Posted December 17, 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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  • Review: The Counter Custom Burgers

    Last week, my family and I had the opportunity to visit The Counter Custom Burgers,  an L.A. style hamburger joint in front of the Tokyo Midtown. It opened a few months ago with a strong pitch:  CUSTOMIZED...

    • Posted December 12, 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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  • Time spent by parents with their children has doubled compared to 50 years ago

    With an increase in use of digital devices all over the world,  most people would think that the time spent by parents with their children has been reduced to nothing. A recent study in eleven European and...

    • Posted December 2, 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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  • Latté Art Comes in Rainbow Colors at Roar Coffee House and Roastery

    Coffee geeks in Tokyo are crazy about Latté Art, a decorating technique that creates different patterns in a coffee cup using frothy milk and a skilled hand.   The addition of art to milk-based coffee invented by...

    • 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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  • How people count with fingers in other countries

    It’s indeed fascinating to know that although we all have a thumb, index, middle, ring finger, and the pinkie on both hands, many of us are so different when it comes to counting with the fingers.   People...

    • Posted November 2, 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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  • 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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  • What is the best debit card in Japan for foreigners?

    A debit card is a card on which the price is immediately deducted from the bank account when paying for goods or services. It is issued by a financial institution with a deposit account, and it can...

    • Posted August 21, 2017
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  • Time to Thrive Part 2: The Planning Paradox

    You’re smart, successful and ambitious. You work hard. You’re obsessed with being productive. So why do you always find yourself wondering where the time goes and if you’re really making progress? Last month, I introduced the first...

    • Posted August 15, 2017
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  • Do you want to cut your communication costs? Here are the best deals in Japan now.

    The lure of purchasing a new handset in installments bundled with voice calls and data plan through major mobile phone carriers in Japan may sound attractive at first. But, if you do the math, you actually pay...

    • Posted August 3, 2017
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  • Living Flowers: Adventures in Ikebana

    When my family arrived in Japan in the autumn of 2015, the kids started their schooling at Saint Maur International School in Yokohama where not only kids but parents get all kinds of learning opportunities too through...

    • Posted July 27, 2017
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  • To Lose Weight, Diet changes alone will not be enough.

    The two principles of diet and exercise go hand in hand. Exercise is a topic that often freaks women out. When will I find the time? It’s never worked for me before. How do I start again?...

    • Posted July 27, 2017
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  • Why Singing bowl therapy is good for you

    Just as our computer’s hard drives need occasional defragging for peak performance, so does our body. Sound therapists believe that the body contains energy frequencies and that sonic frequencies can be used to realign incongruous energies. According...

    • Posted July 27, 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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  • TIME TO THRIVE: Getting more life for your time.

    TIME is your most precious resource. Even more precious than money. You can save money to use in the future, you can invest it and it will grow, and you can get a second job or start...

    • Posted July 15, 2017
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  • Japan’s Fishermen Sells Wake Up Call Service

    Busy brains keep deep sleepers from waking up. If an alarm clock doesn’t work for you and have trouble jumping out of bed in the morning, fret not, Japan’s fishermen have your back. Yes – fishermen. The...

    • Posted July 9, 2017
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  • Nintendo Super Famicom is back in a smaller version.

    Japan’s video game company Nintendo,  has announced today the return of its classic Super Famicom box in a version smaller than the first video game system played by families in the 90s. Aptly named “Nintendo Classic Mini:...

    • Posted June 27, 2017
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  • The new questionnaire US visa applicants all over the world need to know

    Are you traveling to the US this summer and need a US visa? According to Reuters, the Trump administration has approved a new questionnaire for those who need a visa to enter the United States. The new...

    • Posted June 3, 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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  • Eyebrow woes solved. This Japanese eyebrow tint is amazing.

    One afternoon,  I picked my son up at school. My 7-year old comes out of the gate, he giggles while gazing at me and says,  “Ew, mom, you look scary today.” “Oh no!” I said to myself. ...

    • 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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  • 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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  • Shaved Ice From Korea

    The only way to survive the hot summer months in Asia is by eating shaved ice or kakigori. However, shaved ice is served in many styles. In Japan, kakigori is often topped with different types of syrup...

    • Posted May 20, 2017
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  • See You Later Wrinkles

    Stress can accelerate the aging process by up to 10 years. The good news is 30 years of Shiseido’s advanced research in anti-aging has led to the discovery of an effective age-defying cream (in a tube) to...

    • Posted May 18, 2017
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  • Japan’s next generation of piano looks different. It has no flat keys.

    The Japanese culture’s pursuit for mastery is world renowned.  From cars and electronics, to alcohol and food, Japan has a knack for improving what already exists. Sara Kovner, a Japanese history teacher at the University of Florida...

    • Posted May 18, 2017
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  • Nail Polish strips, a faster way to color your nails

    When Korean opera singer Pha Park was in a bus to New York,  a lady applying nail polish in a taxi caught his attention. “Why do women all over the world paint their nails with nail polish...

    • Posted May 17, 2017
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  • Zara Home, a treasure trove of soft furnishings and home essentials

    The season to change the color motifs at home from warm to cool, breezy tones is upon us. There are lots of choices when it comes to buying soft furnishings in Japan. From the laid back country...

    • Posted May 12, 2017
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  • There’s a new attraction at Tokyo Disney Sea that kids will love

    Tokyo Disney Resort has many new things lined up for the year.  It starts off with Nemo & Friends SeaRider at Tokyo Disney Sea,  its newest attraction in Port Discovery which is now open,  followed by “Disney...

    • Posted May 12, 2017
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  • Parents, Teachers, W sitting is a problem, says physical therapist.

    Lauren Drobnjak, a pediatric physical therapist warns parents that W-sitting is a problem. “This position limits trunk rotation so that kids can’t shift their weight to either side. This affects the development of balance reactions and the...

    • Posted May 11, 2017
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  • Q. How do I remove ballpen marks off the wall?

    Our child scribbled on the white walls of our bedroom while I was busy with the laundry. I’ve tried everything possible to scrub the ink off of our wallpaper but nothing seems to work. We’re moving out...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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