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Jason Jenkins spent 13 years in Tokyo writing about music, cameras, parenting and contemporary art. In his spare time, he and his children searched the city for new places to learn and play. His family is now traveling while they experiment with homeschooling and working remotely. Jason writes about their trip at www.AnEpicEducation.com

For Jason Jenkins's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Countryside Chiba farms out the fun

| May 7, 2016

Countryside Chiba farms out the fun

If you’re raising children in Japan, then there’s a good chance that, like me, you are raising city kids — children who are more comfortable in an urban setting than a rural one, whether it’s in downtown Tokyo or suburban Kobe. For me, bringing ...

Learning from a neighborhood stroll

| Mar 12, 2016

Learning from a neighborhood stroll

As winter makes its exit from the archipelago and the pink petals of spring begin to emerge, I feel an intense pang of nostalgia for my old neighborhood on Tokyo’s east side. Sure, the city’s cherry blossoms are beautiful in places like Yoyogi Park ...

Workshops to keep the children sweet

| Jan 9, 2016

Workshops to keep the children sweet

You and I can talk all day about differences between this country and that, and we can detail any number of parenting strategies and discuss how they differ from one culture to the next, but there are more similarities than differences, and one of ...

Get kids' education down to a science

| Nov 7, 2015

Get kids' education down to a science

If you’ve read my earlier Child’s Play columns, then you probably know that my family and I will visit just about any place that deals with science and technology. Lucky for me, Tokyo is full of these places, but it certainly isn’t the only ...

TenQ can stop kids getting lost in space

| Sep 12, 2015

TenQ can stop kids getting lost in space

There’s something special about the sky at night. The stars may be clearer during the colder months, but right now it’s easier for you and the kids to sprawl out on a patch of grass (or sand for you beach lovers) and gaze at ...

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

| Jun 13, 2015

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

When my parents were young, action movies were about gunslingers, sheriffs and saloons. For my in-laws in Osaka, however, cinema was more about swords and samurai. Usually set in the Edo Period (1603-1868), jidaigeki, or period dramas, follow the sagas and clashes of Japanese ...

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

| Apr 11, 2015

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

Island nations have a unique relationship with the sea, and for Japan these connections often manifest themselves through its culture and cuisine. This can make an aquarium visit doubly interesting: Come for the fish, stay to watch the visitors as they admire each tank’s ...

Art is for everyone, including kids

| Mar 13, 2015

Art is for everyone, including kids

Last fall, British artist Jake Chapman found a spectacular way to irritate arts-minded parents like me — all the while “coincidentally” generating controversy and interest in his latest show where there was previously none. Chapman is a shock merchant, so I should have realized ...

Brightening your holiday mood

| Dec 12, 2014

Brightening your holiday mood

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — well, that’s what the song says, anyway. For many, December is a flurry of tinsel, wrapping paper and anxiety, while for others it as a time to reflect on the year ahead. Yes, the Christmas ...