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Decorations That Last Forever, Asakusa

Need decorations that last forever for Halloween, Christmas, Valentines?  Artificial holiday decorations are in abundance year round at Asakusabashi (Kuramae station on the Oedo line). There is a handful of stores on the same corner that sell an amazing selection of fake flowers and holiday decorations. If you are planning …

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Nihonbo Chopstick Store, Hiroo

Needed to buy a birthday gift for a friend so stopped by Nihonbo Chopstick Store in Hiroo. Nihonbo has thousands of chopsticks (Hashi) from everyday to special occasion. You can even have the chopsticks personalized with your name engraved. I have been a loyal fan of this store since children …

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Tokyo health care: the essentials

I was asked by a number of readers who liked My Sanno Hospital Experience post about Tokyo healthcare and which international provider I was with. I`d like to introduce to you a guest post from Bupa International, my international health provider. If you’re living in Japan or planning to move here at …

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Tokyo Supermarket Grocery Delivery

I love online grocery delivery in Japan — it`s fast and convenient, but sometimes I`m not too happy with the delivery; the lack of crispness in my greens, my fruits being too ripe, and the very short expiration date on my dairy products–okay, so I`m a little picky when it comes …

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Tokyo Farmers Markets

Tokyo Farmers Markets at  Roppongi Ark Hills farmers market provides fresh produce from Tokyo farmers in Kokubunji and Okutama, fresh seafood, preserves, handmade crafts and a variety of baked goods from restaurants surrounding the market. They even provide a small market-type play area for the kids. Go early and then enjoy a nice family …

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How to Survive Hay Fever / Pollen Season in Japan

Living in Japan for a few years now we`ve never experienced allergies – until recently. If you`re suffering from excessive sneezing, watery eyes, runny nose or a scratchy throat you might be experiencing an allergy from the pollen of the Japanese cedar, or sugi tree – or as the Japanese would say …

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Tokyu Store Kids Floor Kichijoji

The 6th floor of the Tokyu Department Store in Kichijoji carries high end infant and childrens` clothing American, European and Japanese designers, shoes, uniforms and toys. It includes a spacious play area and houses La Glacerie, a parent & child restaurant created by the Japanese childrens` brand Miki House. Tokyu Store in Kichijoji …

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Isetan 6F, Shinjuku

Isetan Shinjuku`s 6th Fl houses maternity, newborn and children`s wear, including books, schools bags, shoes, desk and a haven of toys and fun. Isetan is one of the best merchandised department stores in Japan carry top Japanese and import brands for children, ladies and men. If you want to see …

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Muji Flagship Store baby room, Yurakucho

There are a number of Muji stores in Tokyo. One of my favorite is the Mecca flagship store in Yurakucho. The store is huge! It carries all home products, has an indoor full-sized model of their line of pre-fab homes; sells shoes, newborn, kids and adult clothing, snacks, stationary; has an …

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Takashimaya 9F, Shinjuku

Takashimaya in Shinjuku spares no expense when it comes to appearance or customer satisfaction and service. Visit the 9th floor for foreign and Japanese high-end brand maternity, newborn and children`s wear. They also house the Disney Store, the Takashimaya Kids Club and Zusso, a great place to get your kids hair …

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Hawaii Water Home Delivery in Japan

After the March 11th earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushima Nuclear plant, many mothers were concerned over the safety of giving tap water to their babies and children. As an alternative, some mothers purchased bottled water from Hawaii. It`s 100% natural, pure enough to be given to infants and babies, and …

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Oisix: Radiation Tested Organic Food

After the March 11th earthquake, I was concerned with where food was being sourced, especially since most grocery stores were carrying produce and meat from Fukushima. My Japanese friend recommended Oisix, a Natural & Organic online grocer in Japan offering robust radiation testing on food from affected areas. I especially liked the “baby …

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Seibo Hospital Delivery Fee and Dr. Sakamoto`s Delivery Fee

This is my post delivery review of Seibo Hospital. I also list Dr. Sakamoto`s delivery fees for my Jan 2011 Delivery below. Hospital Pros: Nice facilities Super friendly staff Choice of Japanese or Western meals (typical hospital food). They allow one family member room-in for an extra charge. You have …

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