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Nigen Dock Experience – Japan Physical Check-up

Nigen Dock Experience - Japan Physical Check-up

When I worked in the corporate world and was 10-20 years younger, I dreaded the annual mandatory company Ningen Dock (Japan Physical Check-up). Now I am a mompreneur and who has to pay for my medical care mostly, so I had not had an annual Ningen Dock in four years. …

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Top Japanese Drugstore Sunscreens for Kids 2019

Japanese Sunscreen

Whether your kids are headed to the beach, or just out and about, sunscreen is a must. Sunscreen is recommended year-round for children 6 months and older. Infants under six months should not be in direct sunlight, and application of sunscreen is not recommended as their skin is highly sensitive …

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Wise Wise Tools (Roppongi Midtown, Tokyo)

Wise Wise Tools tea pots

Without fail, I have found beautiful “made in Japan” gifts at Wise Wise Tools in Roppongi Midtown. Although their assortment is not wide vs. other Japanese art and craft stores, the merchandisers have selected an amazing variety of home utilitarian items, decor, toys, and wear. A large percentage of the …

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Finding the Easter Bunny and Easter Goodies in Japan

Finding the Easter Bunny and Easter Goodies in Japan

Finding the Easter Bunny and Easter Goodies in Japan can be quite the challenge with limited quantities which sell out quickly. Easter is Sunday, April 21st so hop to it! We completed a store check yesterday (April 10th) and found Easter goodies including chocolate bunnies, eggs, and jelly beans available …

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The Farmers Market at the UN University (Omotesando, Tokyo)

Love, love wondering through the farmers market at the UN University between Omotesando and Shibuya stations. Over 70 vendors come to sell their fresh produce, honey, rice and more. There are also food and drink trucks for hearty appetites. My kids and I bike to the market and spend an …

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Blue Forest Plus (Azabu, Tokyo) – Kids Haircuts

With four kids, I am always on the search for quality and quantity at a good price. If you have kidshaircuts on your list of things to do, I recommend a quick stop at Blue Forest Plus in Azabu Juban (located at the bottomof Sendaizaka). Blue Forest Plus, Azabu – …

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Living Motif (Roppongi, Tokyo) – Beautiful Interior Decor

Living Motif Roppongi Tokyo, Japanese Sake Cups

If you are in search of a great gift for someone special or just to treat yourself drop into Living Motif!  We originally wrote this post for Father’s Day, but it is still relevant if you love interior design and accessories. Living Motif has the most amazing selection of design …

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Sugahara Glass Store (Aoyama, Tokyo)

If you love beautiful art that is highly utilitarian then I recommend shopping at Sugahara Glass Store in Aoyama, Tokyo.  I had never heard of the Sugahara glass until the concierge at the Grand Hyatt recommended as a “brilliant shop”.  Sugahara (SGH) is now one of favorite stores in Tokyo …

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Top 10 Ways to Survive Hay Fever (kafunsho) Season in Japan

hay fever

If you`re suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from Japanese cedar pollen, or sugi tree – known as kafunsho (花粉所)/hay fever.  To help deal with the pollen this season we listed a few ideas from Amazon.co.jp to help you and …

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Madu (Aoyama, Tokyo) – Japanese Artisan Housewares

If you are a collector of Japanese housewares or looking for a unique gift Madu is a great spot. Madu has beautiful collections of ceramics from Japanese artisans. Each collection has a brief outline of the artist, and the shop staff can give you more details. Besides ceramics, they have …

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Boudoir Day Spa Pedicure (Jingumae, Tokyo)


Are you a sandals person like me? If so, head over to Boudoir Day Spa for a pedicure to kick off the sandal season. Boudoir has been in business for 18 years and specializes in pedi, mani, facials and hair removal.   My trip this past week was to summerize …

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Hamley`s Toy Store, Cafe & Playroom, Yokohama

Hamley`s entertainment toy store is a fantastic spot to spend a couple hours. Hamleys is the oldest and largest toy shop in the world. It is named after William Hamley, who founded a toy shop called “Noah’s Ark” in London in 1760. Currently, Hamleys operates over 110 stores all over the …

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Got Head Lice? – How to Treat Lice In Japan (シラミ)

Hot lice? Lice treatment in Japan

Got Lice? Learn how to treat lie in Japan. Lice is SHIRAMI in Japanese (シラミ).  First reaction is ick, yikes, embarrassment, worry. Get over it quick and take action. Lice are very common in Japan, especially on kids in daycare, nursery and elementary. Any kid can get it. We talked …

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Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan – 10 Tips for Smooth Shopping

Fukubukuro Lucky Bags in Japan – 10 Tips for Smooth Shopping What are Fukubukuro? Since its inception in the early 20th century, fukubukuro have become synonymous with New Year’s in Japan. Originally intended as a means for shops to sell off excess inventory, these lucky bags typically contain merchandise sold …

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Top Ten Gift From Japan

Top Gifts from Japan

Here are our top 10 gifts from Japan to give your friends and family. Although I love Japanese senbei (rice crackers), wagashi (Japanese sweets), Matcha and Origami I know my family and friends do not want to receive those items for their holiday gifts anymore. The gifts below are all …

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Prime Wardrobe Japan – Try Before You Buy

Avoid the long lines at the department store fitting room and cashier, out of stock sizes and colors, kids tantrums, etc with Prime Wardrobe Japan. Prime Wardrobe is a Prime-exclusive program where you can try before you buy “at home”. HOW IT WORKS Fill your Prime Wardrobe Cart with 3 or more …

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Top 10+ Tokyo Shops for Japanese Gifts

Sharing our top 10+ Tokyo shops for Japanese gifts! If you are looking for that something special for friends in town or overseas? Some of my favourite gifts to bring overseas are hanging fabrics (tengui), calendars, chopsticks, items made from metal or washi paper. Local gift favorites are pottery, glass and …

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Japanese Gifts for Baby – 0-9 months

Great Japanese Gifts for Babies 0-9 Months

As moms of six kids, we often get asked about great gifts for Baby. Zero to nine-month babies are typically non-mobile but are highly stimulated by high-contrast colours, sound and motion. Also by nine months many become solid sitters and crawlers. You do not need to invest in a lot …

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