Crafty ways to have fun without mess

| Dec 12, 2015

Crafty ways to have fun without mess

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For some parents (or maybe it’s just me), there is one particular festive word that causes instant anxiety: “craft.” The seemingly innocuous “c” word conjures instant images of The Ideal Parents, sitting down patiently with their children, sprinkling glitter on freshly gathered pine cones ...

One way to keep the kids on their toes

| Oct 10, 2015

One way to keep the kids on their toes

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There are few certainties in parenthood, from the ever-changing sleeping habits of babies to the unpredictability of toddler tantrums. One fact, however, can almost always be depended upon. However hard a parent tries to avoid gender stereotyping, almost every little girl will at some ...

Let the kids get their hands on art

| Aug 8, 2015

Let the kids get their hands on art

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‘No, don’t touch!” These are probably the most infuriating words for young children to hear when they are being dragged around an art gallery by their parents. Their frustration is understandable. Often, they find themselves standing in front of an unimaginably eye-catching creation — ...

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

| Jun 13, 2015

Take on the samurai in Edo Period Toei

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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

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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

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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 ...