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 ...

Don't be afraid to take the kids out

| Oct 10, 2014

Don't be afraid to take the kids out

Autumn in Japan. The days grow shorter, the air grows cooler and two of my favorite events occur: The changing of the leaves and Halloween celebrations —the best American cultural export ever, as far as I’m concerned. Sure, the Japanese have incorporated a number ...

Kids can learn a lot from being on the factory floor

| Aug 8, 2014

Kids can learn a lot from being on the factory floor

Children can be full of questions: “Why is the sky blue?” “What happened to the dinosaurs?” “How are babies made?” Responses to these questions — especially that last one — usually require thought, attention and nuance. It’s an important part of being a parent, ...

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 ...