Bullying in Japanese Schools

The Japanese word "ijime" sounds much more sinister than its English translation, bullying. For today’s Japanese parents, their experience of bullying was back in the...

By Kirsty Kawano
May 23, 2016 | Families

10 Things to Do in Tokyo Before Your Baby Arrives

Tokyo is full of fabulous experiences for women enjoying all stages of life, but once your little bundle of joy arrives you will find yourself...

By Joanna Pearce
May 18, 2016 | Families

What to Do When Your Child Has a Fever in Japan

You are just about to go to bed and you notice your child is flushed in the face. You put your hand on her forehead...

By Mia Moranza
May 15, 2016 | Families

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...

By Harumi Gondo
April 11, 2016 | Families

Preparing Your Child to Walk to School in Japan Without You

Perhaps the biggest and most immediate change that accompanies your child’s graduation from kindergarten to elementary school in Japan is her newfound independence. No longer...

By Kirsty Kawano
March 21, 2016 | Families

Hiking with Kids in Kamakura

Kamakura is beautiful. Despite several trips to Hakone and the surrounds and plenty of time peering out of Tokyo skyscrapers in the right direction, I've...

By Emily Paine
March 10, 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,...

By Harumi Gondo
February 25, 2016 | Families

Japanese School Lunches: More Than Just a Meal

Fittingly for a country with its own rich traditional cuisine, Japan takes its catered elementary school lunches very seriously. More than just a meal, lunchtime...

By Kirsty Kawano
February 22, 2016 | Families

A Day with Doraemon at the Fujiko F. Fujio Museum

It's no surprise that Japan is home to some of the most famous characters, beloved by generations of children who grew up with them. From...

By Mary Zacharopoulos
February 18, 2016 | Families, Lifestyle

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...

By Harumi Gondo
February 15, 2016 | Families

A Family Adventure in the Paradise of Palau

It was our usual holiday prep: while throughout the year other friends (even the ones without kids) fine-tuned carefully planned itineraries to exotic locations, poring...

By Emily Paine
January 30, 2016 | Families

Preparing to Enter a Japanese Elementary School

Although the new Japanese school year doesn’t begin until April, there’s a lot to get ready before the entrance ceremony. There’s that heavy-looking elementary-school backpack...

By Kirsty Kawano
January 29, 2016 | Families

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...

By Harumi Gondo
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...

By Harumi Gondo
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,...

By Harumi Gondo
December 17, 2015 | Families

Pros and Cons of the Japanese Public School System

Japanese schools have long been criticized for excessive use of rote learning and cookie-cutter output of students. But as Japanese society changes, its schools are...

By Kirsty Kawano
December 8, 2015 | Families