Danielle Demetriou

Danielle Demetriou is a writer who swapped her native London for Tokyo in 2007. From art and design to business and fashion, she writes about all things Japan-related for international newspapers and magazines.

For Danielle Demetriou's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

| Jun 11, 2016

Sweet times at Tokyo's monster cafe

Maybe it is Nasty’s electric blue hair, cascading in braids around her doll-like face. Perhaps it is the gothic-style black lipstick of her friend Candy. Or the surreal fabric limbs sewn onto the dress of lilac-haired Baby. Whatever the reason, my 1-year-old daughter stares ...

Minimalist family 'camping' in the foothills of Mount Fuji

Apr 16, 2016

Minimalist family 'camping' in the foothills of Mount Fuji

The birds are singing, the wind is rustling in the forest and sunlight is filtering through the treetops. So far, so idyllic — until my 3-year-old releases a primal bird-scattering shriek as she thrusts an axe into a piece of wood. This may sound ...

Time to let the kids get on their bikes

| Apr 9, 2016

Time to let the kids get on their bikes

Like many Tokyo mothers, there is one ingenious invention that I can absolutely not live without: our much-loved electric mama chari bicycle. The list of things I love about Tokyo biking is endless, from being allowed to cycle on sidewalks to the fact I ...

Trust robots to keep the kids occupied

| Feb 13, 2016

Trust robots to keep the kids occupied

‘Can we go to the park?” In our household, this refrain is heard almost as frequently as “I want ice cream” and “I don’t want to go to bed.” It is a question asked on a near-daily basis, regardless of weather, season or time ...

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

| Dec 12, 2015

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

For some parents (or maybe it’s just me), there is one particular festive word that causes instant anxiety: “craft.” The seemingly innocuous “c” word conjures instant images of The Ideal Parents, sitting down patiently with their children, sprinkling glitter on freshly gathered pine cones ...

One way to keep the kids on their toes

| Oct 10, 2015

One way to keep the kids on their toes

There are few certainties in parenthood, from the ever-changing sleeping habits of babies to the unpredictability of toddler tantrums. One fact, however, can almost always be depended upon. However hard a parent tries to avoid gender stereotyping, almost every little girl will at some ...

Let the kids get their hands on art

| Aug 8, 2015

Let the kids get their hands on art

‘No, don’t touch!” These are probably the most infuriating words for young children to hear when they are being dragged around an art gallery by their parents. Their frustration is understandable. Often, they find themselves standing in front of an unimaginably eye-catching creation — ...

Soaking up the fun in a Japanese spa

| Jul 11, 2015

Soaking up the fun in a Japanese spa

My 3-year-old daughter is in a public state of high excitement. She jumps up and down emitting toddler squeals of joy before darting away from me, past staring crowds, in the hope that I will chase her. Oh, and she’s completely naked. Fortunately, we ...

If the kids get bored, let them bake cake

| May 9, 2015

If the kids get bored, let them bake cake

The oven is pre-heating, the flour mix is being stirred, the cupcake holders are laid out and a team of diminutive chefs, in white hats and flowered smocks, are running amok. Except this is no ordinary baking session: for the cake mix is made ...