All posts tagged "Featured"

  • Caught between staying home (because it’s cold outside) and bored tots bouncing off the walls? Head off to this new indoor playground.

    Playground 4 Kids is a new indoor play area for young children located in Shinsencho, Shibuya . Last week, I visited the place with my 3 and 4-year old sons. We went on a weekday morning and...

    • Posted February 14, 2017
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  • Shape the Future

    If Japan’s Education Ministry requested 86 national universities to close their humanities or the social science faculties and convert them to serve areas that media reports as ‘useful to the needs of society,’ it has its own...

    • Posted January 1, 2017
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  • Hatsumode: Shrines that bring you good luck in the New Year

    Just as Christians go to midnight mass on Christmas eve, the Japanese ring in the new year with a first visit to a Shinto shrine, an age-old tradition called Hatsumode.  The visit happens on the first 3...

    • Posted December 30, 2016
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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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  • Kougai Park in Nishi Azabu

    Kougai Park in predominantly residential neighborhood of Nishi Azabu is surrounded by schools, and a variety of mom and pop stores. The park run by Minato district ward has a bench, swing, slide, obstacle course, a drinking...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • Create more meaning, fulfillment and impact in your work

    While holidays are a time most people look forward to because they can forget about work, being away from work provides a great opportunity to gain some perspective on it and develop strategies to make it more...

    • Posted December 22, 2016
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  • Baby・Kid Friendly Movie Theatres in Tokyo

    Would you take your baby to a movie in Tokyo?  The answer to that is ‘no.’ Babies cry, pee and poo that can make others uncomfortable. It’s just isn’t fair to everyone else in the movie house....

    • Posted December 20, 2016
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  • Add Dubai To Your Bucket List

    Dubai conjures up images of absurd excess, a playground for the rich, built on the whim of the visionary king. Set within the dazzling  desert state of the United Arab Emirates, this intoxicating blend of new age...

    • Posted December 12, 2016
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  • Skateboard/Biking Park in Tokyo for older Kids

    Restrictive rules at most narrow parks in Tokyo don’t allow many chances for children to hone their skate (or bicycling) skills. But with the sport becoming increasingly popular among older children, a number of skateboard-friendly parks have...

    • Posted November 29, 2016
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  • Onsen for beginners

    A visit to an onsen is one unique experience that everyone should try while in Japan. If it is your very first visit, here are a few things to remember: Clothes are removed in a changing room...

    • Posted November 15, 2016
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  • How to Thrive During the Holiday Season in Japan

    As Christmas approaches, a sense of longing for home can be overwhelming. It is not always possible to travel at this time of year; costs, limited vacation time and bad weather can all mean it is preferable...

    • Posted November 14, 2016
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  • A 4-word song by Japanese comedian/singer makes it to Guinness World Records

    The 4-word song PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen) that Japanese DJ/ comedian and singer Pikotaro (producer Daimaou Kosaka) wrote made it to the Guinness World Record as the shortest song ever written to hit the U.S. Billboard Hot Chart 100....

    • Posted November 3, 2016
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  • The test question that got people fired up

    This test question got people fired up on the internet. The test in question asked kids to solve “5 x 3” using repeated addition. Under this method, the correct answer is “5 groups of 3,” not “3...

    • Posted October 27, 2016
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  • Learning Music the Suzuki Way

    Anyone with an interest in children’s education, in general or in musical pedagogy in particular, will have heard about the now world-famous Suzuki Method approach. Its founder Shinichi Suzuki was born in Nagoya in 1898, the son...

    • Posted October 19, 2016
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  • Osaka Castle in autumn

    Osaka's venerable castleand cutting-edgeUmeda Sky Buildingmake for an intriguingblend of old and new.

    • Posted October 5, 2016
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  • What to do if you don’t have enough money to cover your hospital bills

    What’s great about the Japanese health care system is that when you are hospitalized, a big chunk of the medical bills you paid upfront  can be reimbursed to you within 3-4 months after making an insurance claim ...

    • Posted September 9, 2016
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  • Chinese garlic is cheap but I won’t be buying it ever again. Here’s why.

    We know that when it comes to food, the safety of our family comes first. What most of us don’t know though is how safe really are the foods we buy here in Japan.  Garlic is a...

    • Posted August 22, 2016
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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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  • 10 surprising facts about babies

    Did you know that your little bundle of joy is quite unique?  Here are some really awesome facts about babies. 1.  The chances of giving birth to twins are high in certain West African countries. In Nigeria,...

    • Posted August 17, 2016
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  • Tokyo’s spacious 100 yen stores

    Let the kids loose with a few coins at the biggest Hyaku-en stores in Tokyo. You have to love Daiso for providing just about everything you could possibly want or never knew you wanted for a few...

    • Posted August 16, 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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  • Solution to a gassy tummy

    We’ve all experienced gas pain at some point. It’s that uncomfortable feeling when bubbles are trying to mess up our digestive system. Although gas pain is very common in babies during the first 3 months, it rarely...

    • Posted August 14, 2016
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  • If Japan has Fuji Rock, France has Festival of Twins

    Every year in August, France celebrates its long-standing tradition of honoring twins in the family, highlighted by a full-on merry making. The festival was started in 1981 by Alain Launay, a father of twin daughters, Cecile and...

    • Posted August 13, 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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  • Why average Japanese families have more cash savings than people in other countries

    Last year, the Japanese households’ average savings reached ¥18M and is steadily increasing every year. The habit of saving money is deeply ingrained in the Japanese culture because not having enough money can make one run  into...

    • Posted August 11, 2016
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  • Happiness decoded. What makes the Danes happier than the Japanese people?

    Despite all the perks that come with living in Tokyo, (most livable city in the world as ranked by Monocle magazine), the World Happiness Index 2016 report ranks Japan as the 53rd happiest population. Every year, thousands...

    • Posted August 8, 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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  • Pick your green

    If the body requires a daily intake of 350 grams of fruits and vegetables to stay robust but your busy schedule prevents you from doing so, fret not, this newly opened shop has your back. Started by...

    • 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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  • Ikea launches recycled products

    Swedish lifestyle brand IKEA is putting profit in the back burner as it focuses on its 2017 PS project. IKEA is thrilled to announce the launch of its 2017 PS collection, a range of stylish household products...

    • Posted June 16, 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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  • A must-visit this month – Japan’s well-kept flower gardens

    Plan a daytrip to Japan’s well-kept flower gardens this month. Not only is doing so revitalizing, it is also very uplifting. A study made by Japanese researchers Seiji Shibata of Bunkyo Gakuin University and Naoto Suzuki of...

    • Posted May 12, 2016
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  • Celebrating Mums in Business (Tokyo)

    While working mothers are famously skilled at juggling work and family, they are also for the most part, naturally prone to stress. Keeping the balls up in the air all at the same time can lead to...

    • Posted May 12, 2016
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  • If you have this line on your palm, you have what it takes to be wealthy and famous.

    You know you’ve walked past “Te saw” or palm reading booths at matsuris or narrow alleys in Tokyo but haven’t really paid attention. Palm reading in Japan is one of the most popular ways of fortune-telling. For...

    • Posted May 12, 2016
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  • New Lightweight stroller made for Tokyo cruising

    For 8 straight years, the Mechakaru line of Combi lightweight strollers has been selling like hotcakes in Japan. A new addition to the Mechakaru series for release this month is the ‘White Label Mechakaru,’ the first 2016...

    • Posted April 23, 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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  • Success by Accident: The Kintsugi Path to Soulful Success (part 2)

    Last month you learned three of the three keys to which artist and entrepreneur Morty Bachar his ability to go from pottery beginner to building 23 successful pottery teaching studios across the country and growing Lakesidepottery.com to...

    • Posted April 10, 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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  • Success by Accident – The Kintsugi Path to a Fulfilling Life

    On January 29th, I published my first book, Wabi-Sabi Wisdom: Inspiration for an Authentic Life. In brainstorming ideas for the cover image, my husband recommended the idea of using a photo of kintsugi, the Japanese art of...

    • Posted March 12, 2016
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  • LED Light Bulb Speaker by Sony LSPX-100E26J

      Music and lights go together but no one else has ever thought of combining them into one small light bulb until Sony did. The 360-degree lumen 20-watt bulb/bluetooth speaker with standard E26 cap screw fitting can...

    • 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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  • 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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  • Snow festivals all over Japan

             

    • Posted February 2, 2016
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  • The 8th Mindset of Workplace Transformation: Motivation vs. Inspiration

    The eighth (and final!) mindset of workplace transformation addresses where people derive the energy and impetus for action from. At this time of year this mindset is relevant even if you are not a leader as it...

    • Posted January 10, 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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  • What’s in our fridge?

    You are out shopping for groceries and no one’s at home to ask if you have run out of milk or orange juice. Should you go home first and check? Who needs to when one owns a...

    • Posted January 5, 2016
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