All posts tagged "Feature"

  • Trainwreck (2015)

    A raunchy romantic comedy but at a gut level, it’s hard not to be truly disgusted at the behavior of this woman who clearly is an alcoholic with no self respect. The gags are there. There is...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Mother’s Day

    Characters struggling with demons are on parade in this movie-style soap opera. It seems that all morals are thrown out the window: children born outside of committed family relationships and selfish parents deserting their children because they...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • My Life As A Zucchini

    (My Life as a Courgette) is an animation film that revolves around a nine-year-old boy who’s called “Courgette”, French word for Zucchini. His mother dies and is put up at a foster home where he meets a...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Moana

    I took my 6-and-9-year olds to see it and I was elated that Disney (finally) put out a movie I felt was appropriate for them. Moana does a beautiful job capturing the spirit of the Polynesian people...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Joy

    Joy is a drama based on the real-life Joy Mangano (Jennifer Lawrence), inventor of the Miracle Mop. There are lots of highs and lows in her story — including a dysfunctional family, financial insecurity, and a deep...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Still Alice

    With utmost grace and deep empathy, Moore delivers another sensitively sketched performance — this time of a woman on the verge of losing her memories and, in a way, her life. The role earned her the Best...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Collateral Beauty

    The fabulous cast saves this sentimental holiday drama, but it still ultimately feels more like a big-budget Hallmark Christmas movie than an awards-caliber film. Collateral Beauty isn’t bad, but it’s also not as memorable as would be...

    • Posted February 15, 2017
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  • Fun events at Huis Ten Bosch This Spring!

    Spring is just around the corner. If you’re planning a vacation escape to see the breathtaking tulip fields in Europe but don’t want to make the long trip, a “slice of Holland” does indeed exist in Japan,...

    • Posted February 15, 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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  • UME FESTIVAL

    When the weather gets warmer and the plum (ume) petals start to take shape, you know that the big Hanami season is just a few weeks away. The plum blossoms with its own charm and oriental aroma...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Family Fun at the ISSH Family Festival

    The International School of the Sacred Heart’s annual Family Festival is coming up on Saturday, 18th March 2017. Each year is special and this year is no different. Showcasing an array of authentic food & drinks (some...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Tokyo Marathon, Feb 26

    The race is on! Tokyo Marathon 2017 takes to the streets with 2 running courses. 500 runners will attempt to run the 10-km race and 35,500 competitors for the 42-km race. An undisclosed cash prize awaits the...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Kids Fashion Exhibition, Feb. 21-23

    For moms, dads with an insatiable fascination for kids fashion, you will love this event. Playtime Tokyo brings together a total of 240 children and maternity fashion brands in an exciting 3-day trade show. Playtime runs trade...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Best Enrichment Classes for Kids in Tokyo

    Kids go through different stages of development as they grow from infants to young inquiring minds. Multiple changes that happen in each of these stages are best stimulated by activities and enriching experiences for their growth and...

    • Posted February 13, 2017
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  • LA LA LAND

    Other than a few swear words, this feel-good musical is watchable by kids 10 years old and above. For a film that starts with a slightly campy musical number that could alienate viewers just as easily as...

    • Posted February 13, 2017
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  • Movies this month

    Welcome to the Movies page.  Here’s where you can find all the films showing in Japan. Foreign films including those with non-English titles are listed here. Please note that films with non-English dialogues have Japanese subtitles.  Watching...

    • Posted February 12, 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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  • Three underrated Japanese products you need in winter

    Aloins Eau de Cream S We all know that drinking at least 2 liters of water a day is the key to plumping the skin and encouraging skin regeneration.  But during the cold winter months when the...

    • Posted January 10, 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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  • Family Dining: Salud Familia Daikanyama

    “Salud familia” which translates to ‘family health’ can easily be mistaken for a clinic. It’s not. It’s a Spanish trattoria style restaurant that opened last year in October. If you’re wondering why Spain ranks second behind only...

    • 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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  • Cool tips to make your home ‘O-shogatsu’ ready

    Japan’s O-shogatsu or New Year’s day is a good time to welcome fresh and positive energy into your homes. Contemporary Feng Shui guru, Mark Ainley, tells you how you can tweak a few things in your home...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Asakusa’s New Year’s Eve tradition

    If you need a rest from the Christmas festivities, head to Asakusa for a bit of good old-fashioned Japanese end-of-year tradition. See the excitingly named “battledore” take place between beautifully-dressed competitors in a serene yet tense environment...

    • Posted December 21, 2016
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  • Late night shopping at Platinum Don Quijote

    I must admit running the household and taking care of twins and a toddler can be too challenging at times. Thanks to this place called Platinum Don Quijote right down our alley, we are able to manage...

    • Posted December 19, 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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  • Where to eat ‘Uni’ (urchin roe) in Tokyo

    A favorite of snarky chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain, ‘uni’, is a prized delicacy in Japan consumed in December and January for Japan’s holiday festivities.   Many people like its creamy texture and a slightly sweet...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Stargazing

    President Barack Obama, Danmitsu, Lady Gaga, Brad Pitt, Elvis Presley, are in town. Madame Tussauds, the world-famous wax works from good old blighty Tussauds was once limited to a grimy corner in Baker Street, London but now...

    • Posted December 12, 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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  • The Meddler

    Marmie, a middle-aged widow decides the best thing to do after her husband’s death is to move to Los Angeles to be with her daughter, Lori. Lori loves her mother, but Marnie’s constant opinions and suggestions are...

    • Posted November 29, 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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  • Tokyo couple brings an arts-centric British-style preschool to Japan

    When Ayahi Suda packed her bags to move to the U.K. to pursue her dream of studying Arts at the University of the Arts London, she left behind a highly successful preschool, kindergarten and grade school (in...

    • Posted July 19, 2016
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  • A gourmet store for nuts

    Every now and again, you find a little gem of a place where you don’t expect. Groovy Nuts, the first-of-a kind gourmet store tucked in the streets of Daikanyama, sells a range of flavored nuts (by the...

    • Posted July 19, 2016
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  • Eggcellent, the restaurant that eggs built

    Behind the Emporio Armani shop on the first floor of Roppongi Hills’ Hollywood building is a casual brunch nook that is more than just suitable for a family dining experience. The restaurant is called Eggcellent – for...

    • Posted July 19, 2016
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  • The Many Dangers Of Mold In The Home

    Apartments and homes in Japan are frequently plagued by mold. This is particularly true in the summer, when the climate is quite humid and in the winter, when condensation creates excess moisture inside homes. Mold can appear...

    • Posted July 14, 2016
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  • The Role of Counseling in College Admissions to Top Universities

    Admission to the top US universities is one of the most misunderstood topics among both parents and students: it has been at times characterized as opaque, random, unfair, obscure, etc., but in reality there is a lot...

    • Posted June 16, 2016
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  • Abdominal Visceral Massage speeds up metabolic efficiency for diet success

    Teen dieting can be done with relative ease but once you hit 40s, losing even just a kilo may seem like an uphill battle. One of the major causes of obesity is a decline in metabolic rate....

    • Posted June 16, 2016
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  • Designing the body you want

    As we head into the summer season, most of us would want to look our best in swim suits. But the ingestion of tempting sugary drinks, beer and fatty food with few calories burned threatens to expose...

    • Posted June 15, 2016
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  • Dyson V6 Fluffy

    The cordless and bagless Dyson V6 ‘Fluffy’ is possibly the best performing vacuum cleaner out there for a number of reasons. Apart from hard wood cleaner heads, it comes with direct drive cleaner which means it can...

    • Posted May 12, 2016
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  • Who thinks a flip smartphone is cool? Freetel does.

    Freetel, a small Japanese smartphone company with a big ambition to compete with the big guns of the mobile phone industry has just released its new Sim-free Musashi Android flip phone. Who uses a clunky flip phone...

    • Posted April 23, 2016
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  • Self tying shoes

    The name Hyper Adapt 1.0 sounds like some software version.  It’s not. It’s Nike’s latest self-lacing sports shoes with a sensor tucked in the heels. As you step in, your heel hits a sensor and the system...

    • Posted April 20, 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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  • How to make your first Disney trip more fun

    You may not have realized it, but you live in only one of four countries in the world that have a Disney Theme Park. We’re lucky – Japan actually has two Disney Theme Parks, and whether you’ve...

    • Posted April 11, 2016
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  • Preschoolers should be learning these at school

    Economists acknowledge that high quality early education is one of the most important investment parents can make to empower their child to be a responsible part of society. Steve Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early...

    • Posted March 14, 2016
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  • Essential Questions When Choosing an International Preschool

    ne of the biggest decisions a family has to make when arriving in Tokyo is choosing a school. Given that many people are away from any set network of friends or family, school often provides the very first entree into a community...

    • Posted March 14, 2016
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  • Hot Meals on wheels

    Do you look at all of those tempting take-out menus that land in your mailbox and think, “I wish I could order take-out for dinner tonight. If only I spoke more Japanese!” Well, there’s no quick and...

    • Posted March 14, 2016
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