All posts tagged "Feature"

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

    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Is your Work Spouse working for you?

    A couple of weeks ago I was invited to be a guest on a radio show about work spouses. At first glance I thought that the topic was related to spouses who work together, which can lead...

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • UK based Japanese artist puts heart to art

    Kazuhito Takadoi may not be a household name in Japan but art aficionados in Europe pay a high price for his brand of art. Takadoi studied Garden Art and Design at Leeds Metropolitan University in the U.K....

    • Posted April 12, 2017
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  • Our 13-year old wants to have a Facebook account. Should we allow her to do so?

    Everyone these days is speaking the same online language and interacting with others through social media platforms like Facebook. You must be at least 13 years old to open a Facebook account. Meguro Counseling Clinic director Dr....

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Which Home Internet Plan is the best in Japan?

    Fiber optic vendors in Japan might be constantly tweaking their fee structure to stay on top of the game but Sony Network Communications’ blazing fast internet speed NURO is hard to beat. With its 2 Gbps fiber...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Japan may be losing in the global race for talent as salaries continue to lag behind in Asia

    According to the 2017 Hays Asia Salary Guide released by Global specialist recruiting group Hays ,  salary increases in Japan continue to lag behind in Asia. Continuing on from last year’s trend, it also reveals that for...

    • Posted February 8, 2017
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  • Even old people in Japan play Pokémon Go

    This augmented reality game that drives people to hunt down kawaii (cute) monsters in the most unreasonable places has created a stir in the gaming world. With more people of all genders and ages getting hooked on...

    • Posted January 3, 2017
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  • Turn your Child’s Astrological Sign into a Party!

    I have two kids and I am always on the lookout for new party ideas. This is especially so as they both have their birthdays at the beginning of August. This summer, was another head scratcher until...

    • Posted December 24, 2016
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  • New taxi fares in Tokyo

    Effective Jan 30, 2017, the new starting fare of all taxis in Tokyo will be ¥410 good for the first 1.052 kms. Currently, it’s ¥730 for the 1st 2 kms. For every 237 meters travelled, the new...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • Where to get a ¥2,980 an hour massage in Tokyo

    Getting a body massage at a proper salon in Tokyo could cost anywhere between ¥8,000 – ¥12,000 an hour. The other day,  I spotted a ¥2,980 an hour massage signboard at the entrance of a narrow building...

    • Posted December 16, 2016
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  • Japan’s Gundam says goodbye

    Mobile Suit Gundam, the 18-meter (59 feet) high giant robot in Odaiba’s Diver City Tokyo Plaza that has attracted large crowds in the city since appearing in 2012, will be gone by March 5, 2017. The Gundam...

    • Posted December 2, 2016
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  • Japanese scientist claims eating ice cream for breakfast boosts mental alertness

    The idea of people eating ice cream for breakfast might strike you as odd but an intriguing study made by Tokyo Kyorin University professor and psychophysiology expert, Yoshihiko Koga, will change your mind. In collaboration with a...

    • Posted November 23, 2016
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  • Japan Dads Worst Among Rich Countries

    A new study by Fatherhood Institute compared dads in 22 countries: Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, and the UK. The...

    • Posted October 3, 2016
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  • This video answers the question of who carries a heavier load, Superdad or Supermom?

    The common perception in Japan is that all the heavy lifting and long working hours is done by a man.

    • Posted August 15, 2016
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  • How can you lose weight without having to give up rice? Japanese doctor has the answer.

    Summer is when we all resolve to be healthier and shapelier. But let’s face it – giving up rice or pasta can be difficult. Dr. Toshiro Ikeya’s newfound theory shows weight watchers don’t have to give up...

    • Posted August 10, 2016
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