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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:

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

May 16, 2014

Osaka museum offers Big Bang for your buck

Tokyo is teeming with opportunities for families to learn and play, but the nation’s capital doesn’t have a monopoly on educational fun. Osaka has many great places for kids, including the popular Big Bang Science Museum. Located between downtown Osaka and the Kansai International ...

Make a splash on a family outing

| Apr 18, 2014

Make a splash on a family outing

Spring has arrived, and with it a taste of the sunny, sweltering climate to come. Longer days and warmer rays make my kids thirst for a swimming pool. However, Japan’s outdoor swimming season doesn’t officially begin for months, and indoor locations such as Tokyo ...

Our guide to family <em>hanami</em> hot spots

| Mar 20, 2014

Our guide to family hanami hot spots

The transition from winter to summer is just beginning, and that means something magical is about to arrive: cherry-blossom season. As winter loosens its grip, delicate pastel petals push their way out of gnarled sakura-tree branches — an early indicator of the warmth that ...

Preparing your kids for the Big One

| Nov 19, 2013

Preparing your kids for the Big One

Earthquakes and aftershocks are a fact of life in Japan, and since the tragedies of March 11, 2011 remain fresh in many of our memories it’s easy to understand how each significant temblor can weigh on the mind of a Tokyo parent. Nearly everyone ...

Take the kids to the future at Miraikan

| Oct 15, 2013

Take the kids to the future at Miraikan

The National Museum for Emerging Science and Innovation stands prominently near the shore of Tokyo Bay, but it looks more like a space station on the edge of a far-off galaxy. In Japanese, it is known as Miraikan (roughly translated as “Hall of the ...

A big day out at the sumo

| Aug 20, 2013

A big day out at the sumo

They’re sweaty, they’re chubby and they love pushing each other around. But enough about the folks at my family reunion, let’s talk about sumo. This quintessentially Japanese sport is a lot of fun to witness with kids, and the Ryogoku neighborhood surrounding Tokyo’s Kokugikan ...