All posts tagged "Feature"

  • 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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  • Potentially Toxic Compounds Lurking at Your Tokyo Homes

    You may be unaware but potentially harmful chemicals have invaded our homes through products families use everyday. To know if what you’re using has a safety concern, here is a guide about these chemicals and what you...

    • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Do you know how to say the different types of thermometer in Japanese?

    The fever season is upon us. Taking a squirmy child’s temperature with just any mercury thermometer can sometimes give inaccurate results. Before you make a trip to the pharmacy, here’s how to find the best medical thermometer...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Look baby, hands-free! The future self-driving stroller is coming soon.

    Smartbe a self-driving stroller developed by a startup company in New York city is in its crowd funding stage to produce a revolutionary concept in design and functionality that offers solutions for urban babies and parents. The...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Sony’s Glass Sound Speaker

    Put the kids early to bed and get yourself in a romantic mood with help from Sony’s newest product, the Glass Sound Speaker, a portable bluetooth speaker with matching LED lamp that produces a “warm glow.” The...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Emergency Daycare from 2 mos to 6 years old: AI PORT

    Life can be challenging being in a foreign country with kids to look after and no family around to turn to for emergency child care. There are of course a few options available but rarely on short...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Kid-friendly comfort soups

    Vegetables are the trickiest food to feed children. Did you know that kids are more likely to eat their food when the colour appeals to them? Carrot Soup 5 carrots cut in small pieces, 2 medium size...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Rainforest Cafe

    When American entrepreneur Steve Schussler spent US$400,000 in 1994 to create a rainforest at his Golden Valley home in Minnesota to show it to investors, he had one thing in mind: to open an entertaining and educational...

    • Posted February 23, 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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  • How we went from ¥55,000 a month to ¥18,000 a month on phone bills.

    Recently, I had a serious discussion with my wife about how we are saving too little for the future because of our high phone bills. At one point, our bill came to as high as ¥90,000 for...

    • Posted February 23, 2016
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  • Cook a delicious meatball spaghetti in just under 20 minutes

    There are so many versions of meatball spaghetti that both adults and kids love. But did you know that by spicing up your meatball pasta with some uncommon ingredients, you could turn this simple dish into a...

    • Posted February 22, 2016
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  • Protect yourself and your family from cancer. Know what to look out for.

    Even with state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment, experts say finding cancer cells in the body is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Cancer cells are too small sitting on billions of other cells and sometimes hidden behind...

    • Posted February 2, 2016
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  • Thanks to this food, many old people in Okinawa don’t need eye glasses to read

    Many centenarians in Okinawa are able to read the newspaper without the aid of eyeglasses. The secret is eating Beni imo or purple yam that grows in the region where the amount of ultraviolet rays is 1.5...

    • Posted January 10, 2016
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  • The different types of curriculum

    Shopping for a good school that fits your objectives need not be daunting.  Some parents ask for recommendations from other parents which is not the right way to go about it. Why?  Because each child is unique....

    • Posted January 6, 2016
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  • Best shampoos in Japan for thinning hair

    Little amount of grease in hair is good but if you shampoo everyday, you are stripping the hair and scalp of the natural oil it needs to keep your strands lush and shiny. Protect your hair from...

    • Posted January 4, 2016
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  • How much math do Japanese children study in elementary level?

    When it comes to OECD numeracy tests, Japan ranks among the top 5 smartest countries in the world. That’s because children are exposed early to advanced math content. “Students experience rigid math training in elementary grades. Many...

    • Posted December 10, 2015
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  • Japanese researcher cautions parents not to do this when their baby cries

    A baby is a joy to have. But excessive crying can oftentimes be the cause of parenting stress.  Takeo Fujiwara, Director of the National Child Research Institute Center (Medicine Research Department) warns parents to curb the negative...

    • Posted December 4, 2015
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  • This app drains iPhone iOS 9’s battery fast

    It is not your new iPhone’s fault but Facebook app’s. When you use Facebook app on your iPhone iOs9, it’s automatically set to track your location through the phone’s GPS module. According to The Mac Observer, Facebook...

    • Posted October 15, 2015
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