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

Baby Loves Disco’s Family-Friendly Christmas Dance Party

Are you looking for a way to celebrate Christmas that will be fun for the whole family? Baby Loves Disco holds active and entertaining parties...

By The Savvy Team
November 30, 2015 | Families

Is a Japanese School Best for Your Child?

What is best for my child? It’s an age-old question, and one that is sometimes easy to answer but often very difficult. When the topic...

By Kirsty Kawano
November 12, 2015 | Families

KSpace Parent and Child Classes

If you’ve spent time researching international preschools, it is likely that you have come across KSpace at some point. Located on a quiet street in...

By Chanyn Kirtman
November 2, 2015 | Families

A Day with Hello Kitty at Sanrio Puroland

Hello Kitty is one of Japan’s most famous exports and is loved by children across the globe. Just a 30-minute train ride away from Shinjuku...

By Joanna Pearce
October 23, 2015 | Families

All You Need to Know About Tokyo Public School PTAs

Parent Teacher Associations and their activities help bring school communities together and, as my local one did for me, can provide you with a safe...

By Kirsty Kawano
October 1, 2015 | Families

CareFinder Bridges the Gap Between Parents and Babysitters

Finding a regular, trustworthy babysitter in Tokyo can be both challenging and expensive. Hiring one for an evening through a babysitting agency can quickly make...

By Katharina von Tschurtschenthaler
August 20, 2015 | Families

Stitch Encounter, Tokyo Disneyland’s Newest Attraction

Take your kids to interact with Disney's most mischievous character at the latest Tokyo Disneyland attraction, Stitch Encounter. This newly opened indoor theater-style attraction lets...

By Jody Pang
July 30, 2015 | Families

Cool Down at Toshimaen Amusement Park

Everybody knows how hot the Japanese summer can be, but the upside to this is that there are some very fun ways to cool down....

By Camille Perry
July 29, 2015 | Families, Lifestyle