Harumi Gondo

Harumi is Japanese-American and moved to Tokyo in 2011 with her husband and daughter. She is passionate about her work as a type trainer working with individuals and companies to help them understand their strengths and blindspots. She has conducted trainings for JAXA, Tokyo American Club Women’s Group, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Osaka University Gender Equity Office. She is also an evaluation specialist for NearMedia, a media development organization that is currently training journalists in Pakistan. Harumi is super-determined to raise her two daughters to be bilingual and biliterate and is often scheduling events, playdates and outings to encourage and boost their English language skills. She is increasingly finding peace and joy with pilates and hot yoga.

Articles By Harumi

Fitness, Play and Food at My Village, Toyosu

I recently discovered a wonderful yet little-known facility aimed at families in Toyosu. Opened late last year, My Village in Toyosu combines a kids' gym...

April 11, 2016 | Families

Azurite: Where Kids Can Play While Parents Work

Azurite is an "oyako" cafe (a cafe targeting parents and children, with a built-in playspace) tucked away about three minutes from Ikebukuro station. The owner,...

February 25, 2016 | Families

Capture Your Baby’s Serene Sleep with Ohirune Art

Parents of young babies know that getting them to hold a certain position is next to impossible, which unfortunately makes it very difficult to capture...

February 15, 2016 | Families

Inspiration and Empowerment at WELL Japan’s Annual Retreat

For over 20 years WELL (Women Educators and Language Learners) has been holding a women-only annual weekend retreat just outside of Tokyo. WELL is an...

January 26, 2016 | Health & Beauty, Lifestyle

Entertaining Kids in Fukuoka

While it may not be an obvious choice of destination for the winter break, Fukuoka is where I found myself over the recent New Year...

January 14, 2016 | Families

Healthy Food and Free Play at Organic Cafe Lulu

Located just a three-minute walk from Kiba station on the Tozai line, Organic Cafe Lulu is what the Japanese call an "oyako" cafe, meaning it...

December 24, 2015 | Families, Food & Drink

Using Entertainment to Teach English to Kids in Japan

If you are a parent in Japan who wants your child to grow up with a global understanding and the ability to converse in English,...

December 17, 2015 | Families