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 ...

Versace makes return to Tokyo

Apr 30, 2015

Versace makes return to Tokyo

It is a fashion house that has long been the sartorial antithesis of subtle — as reflected in its bold designs, sexy silhouettes, splashes of hot colors and abundance of gold. So it may come as some surprise to learn that the Italian luxury ...

Kids can benefit from a little community spirit

| Jan 9, 2015

Kids can benefit from a little community spirit

Frowning with concentration at a low table, a clutch of overall-clad toddlers set about their task: stamping potatoes into paints to create rainbow-bright artworks. As is to be expected, among them are several grown-ups, their job being to keep the peace and generally make ...

Shonan complex offers a curated lifestyle

Dec 12, 2014

Shonan complex offers a curated lifestyle

A discreet black sign, concrete floors, industrial-style ceilings, wooden shelves filled with design toys and gourmet treats. This may sound like the minimal interior of an urban lifestyle store in some hip corner of Tokyo, but the reality is more surprising. It is, in fact, ...

'S' is for 'Starting to teach your kids ABC'

| Nov 7, 2014

'S' is for 'Starting to teach your kids ABC'

My toddler is hissing like a pantomime villain as she runs along an S-shaped snake made from sticky tape curled across the living room floor. This may appear to be just another freestyle game in her eclectic entertainment repertoire (and believe me, she has ...

For toddlers, Anpanman doesn't have a use-by date

| Sep 12, 2014

For toddlers, Anpanman doesn't have a use-by date

He has a big red nose, two rosy cheeks and an edible head that is regularly rebaked in his uncle’s oven. Yes, it’s Anpanman, one of Japan’s most iconic anime characters, whose heroic antics have seduced generations of children over the past three decades. ...

The Ritz-Carlton could be your kid's cup of tea

| Jul 11, 2014

The Ritz-Carlton could be your kid's cup of tea

There are bone-china teacups, tiered silver trays, rainbow-bright macaroons, suited waiting staff catering to every whim. So far, so afternoon tea at the Ritz-Carlton — apart from one anomaly. At center stage, the two pampered diners are not elegantly dressed ladies, suited salarymen or ...