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 ...

Aquariums offer summer escape

| Jul 16, 2013

Aquariums offer summer escape

This past Monday was Marine Day in Japan. Aside from creating a much-appreciated three-day weekend, the role of the holiday is to encourage people to reflect on the integral role the ocean plays in Japan’s history. So, what better time to visit an aquarium? ...

Kids love park life in the summer

| May 15, 2013

Kids love park life in the summer

At long last, warm weather has arrived, which means more playtime in Tokyo’s parks — from your scrappy, local patch of dirt to the manicured opulence of Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden. My family’s favorite is Yoyogi Park. While not the most pristine public space ...

15 minutes with the Grandmaster

Aug 8, 2008

15 minutes with the Grandmaster

If you are a fan of hip-hop, then you have Grandmaster Flash to thank. He is one of the art form’s earliest exponents, and the first hip-hop artist in history to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On the night ...