Allowing the arty side of kids to blossom

| Mar 25, 2017

Allowing the arty side of kids to blossom

Spring is a season of art. As winter recedes, the air fills with creative energy. Tokyo’s art fairs at this time of the year can be fun with kids, but the crowds and sheer volume of exhibitors can be overwhelming. The city does, however, ...

Don't let winter stop you from going out

| Jan 14, 2017

Don't let winter stop you from going out

It’s the coldest part of the year in Japan. Combine frigid weather with cramped apartments, rambunctious kids and a dose of cabin fever and you have a parent’s recipe for frustration. However, in Tokyo there are countless options for indoor family fun, and with ...

Kamakura offers something for everyone

| Nov 12, 2016

Kamakura offers something for everyone

Japanese cities are fantastic places to explore with children, but if this column has proven anything, it’s that I like to get away from urban centers whenever I can. Japan is full of natural and cultural wonders for curious families, but they are not ...

Hiking with kids is not an uphill climb

| Sep 10, 2016

Hiking with kids is not an uphill climb

Hiking in Japan is always fun with family, and with summer subsiding, some of the best months for a mountain walk are around the corner. Japan offers countless choices in its vast mountain ranges, but one of my favorite family hikes is only 90 ...

Test the white waters this summer

| Jul 9, 2016

Test the white waters this summer

As much as I love Japan’s major cities, I quite enjoy leaving them as well. Places like Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto have played crucial roles in my family’s life, but it has been equally important for the four of us to get out of ...

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 ...