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  • Oh for a book and a shady nook!

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   With the advent of the e-book in the last...

    • Posted April 1, 2011
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  • Why children need summer learning programs

    Summer learning program is recommended to parents as a tool to help identify and...

    • Posted March 31, 2011
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  • What did you do to make Daddy so mad?

    Those few lines depict a reality that is extremely chilling. It may not be...

    • Posted February 28, 2011
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  • Salvatore Cuomo

    When Salvatore Cuomo rolled up his sleeves and came back to Japan to help...

    • Posted February 28, 2011
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  • Learning special

    The American School in Japan “An ASIJ education. What does it mean?”   An...

    • Posted December 27, 2010
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  • Which approach fits your child?

    Understanding the principles of Early Childhood Education available  is critical to matching the needs...

    • Posted December 27, 2010
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  • Purposeful learning

    The way kids react to learning and social play is seen in the changing...

    • Posted November 29, 2010
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  • Selecting the right dog for you and your family

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   A dog’s breed and temperament, combined with your lifestyle...

    • Posted October 24, 2010
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  • November is child abuse prevention month

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   What would you do if you regularly heard your...

    • Posted September 28, 2010
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  • Pumping up the party

    The season has come for celebrations! Festivities abound as the next few months see...

    • Posted September 28, 2010
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  • The man with the Midas touch

    David Foster is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.  The...

    • Posted August 30, 2010
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  • The man who launched a thousand chips

      Wally Amos’ recipe to success is simply that of chocolate chip cookies. For...

    • Posted July 27, 2010
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  • EtonHouse

    A famous Chinese proverb goes like this:  “Tell me but I’ll forget; show me...

    • Posted June 28, 2010
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  • Tech it easy!

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   Smart phones and social networking are all a product...

    • Posted June 28, 2010
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  • How can I get my kid to be a tarento?

    What is a tarento?  A tarento is similar to the English word "talent",  although...

    • Posted May 28, 2010
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  • Tokyo: my 2nd home

    Photo © Elena Derevtsova   I live in Tokyo, and I have never met Jackie...

    • Posted May 27, 2010
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  • The time of revelation

    Benjamin Creme has been telling the world that the great teacher known as...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • Change with a purpose

    Looking for a way to repurpose or revitalize your existing space, or weighing the...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • Foreign homeowner’s advice

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Foreign homeowner’s advice Father of 3, homeowner of a...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • Family home building, home improvement

    Houses in Japan are generally built to last no more than 20-30 years from...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • Families in transition

    Photos © Elena Derevstova   Not all knowledge workers or skilled professionals feel positive...

    • Posted April 29, 2010
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  • The pursuit of hap-pie-ness

    I have wondered if it is possible to do an A to Z of...

    • Posted March 29, 2010
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  • Tokyo Helps Haiti

    On January 12, 2010 a devastating earthquake shook Haiti, killing over 200,000 people and...

    • Posted March 1, 2010
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  • Carmina Mancenon: Global changemaker

    Late January,  world leaders gathered in Davos, Switzerland for high- level talks at the...

    • Posted February 27, 2010
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  • The art of Feng Shui

    The 20th century brought about the explosion of material richness, convenience, and comfort. Excessive...

    • Posted January 31, 2010
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  • What lies ahead in 2010?

    Each year, we look forward with anticipation and hope, wondering what the New Year...

    • Posted December 29, 2009
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  • Traditions, traditions

    There’s something powerful about New Year’s. Every time the first of January rolls around,...

    • Posted December 29, 2009
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  • Christmas Giving

    Christmas is a simple holiday, a time of giving and sharing. The gift of...

    • Posted November 28, 2009
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  • Timeless art

    One lazy Sunday afternoon, I took my kids to a birthday party which my...

    • Posted October 1, 2009
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  • Pottery, a hobby for the whole family

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Pottery is an old form of art made even...

    • Posted October 1, 2009
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  • The Hoopla

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   Hula hoops. The mention of those colorful rings may...

    • Posted July 26, 2009
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  • 10 universal parenting tips

    Photo © Elena Derevstova   1. Start from yourself as parent Unhappy individuals make...

    • Posted June 29, 2009
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  • The new stone age

    Look around the streets of Tokyo and you will see an abundance of gemstone...

    • Posted June 29, 2009
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  • Big fun in Micronesia

    Saipan is small, so small that its entire land mass could quite easily fit...

    • Posted May 30, 2009
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  • Getting to know Zac

    World-renowned celebrity Zac Efron, widely known from his performances in 2006’s High School Musical...

    • Posted May 30, 2009
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  • Toying around

    Athough Tokyo has a lot of activities for expat children,  the amount of choices...

    • Posted May 30, 2009
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  • Meeting with Benjamin Creme

    Benjamin Creme is an artist, author and chief editor of Share International, a monthly...

    • Posted April 29, 2009
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  • Towers at Kachidoki

    You need: City living, reasonable price range, high rise, waterfront, self-contained condominium for a...

    • Posted April 29, 2009
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  • High rise, low rise, family size

    The TF team toured  a number of high rise condominiums for rent in the...

    • Posted April 29, 2009
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  • Home Sweet Home

    In the past, the complexities of owning a dream home in Japan made it...

    • Posted April 29, 2009
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  • Japan’s new lease on life

    Like me, perhaps your first glimpse of Japan was from the tiny window of...

    • Posted April 29, 2009
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  • It’s all about the people

      Husband and wife photography team, Geoff & Rebecca Letchford,  shed some light on...

    • Posted February 27, 2009
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  • Raising achievers

    Parents have always been worried about their kids. Now more than ever, with the...

    • Posted December 25, 2008
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  • How to give back

    Photo © Elena Derevstova There’s something special about Christmas. Step outside during the holidays,...

    • Posted November 29, 2008
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  • Tori Shin – a yakitori experience

    My mother and I have always been foodies. Forever showing off our latest culinary...

    • Posted November 29, 2008
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  • Pachinko, millionaires, and more

    Min Jin Lee is an acclaimed author from New York City.  Her debut novel,...

    • Posted November 4, 2008
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  • The YMCA FCSC goes from Disco to Rock ‘n’ Roll

    The YMCA Foreign Community Support Committee (FCSC) was formed in 1958 by community-minded foreigners...

    • Posted October 1, 2008
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  • Fantastic Elastic!

    TF spoke with Jeanne Shimazaki, co-founder of the fabulous babysitting service, Elasticare.   What made...

    • Posted October 1, 2008
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  • Fun with topless beauties!

    Occasionally, I meet ex-pat parents in Tokyo and Yokohama who tell me that this...

    • Posted October 1, 2008
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