Posts Tagged: Japan

Learning from a neighborhood stroll

“Guests are welcome to step inside the buildings and touch many (but perhaps not all) of the objects they find there. Kids can operate machinery that husked the community’s rice, and then handle the pots that were later used to cook the grains. You can step into the houses (shoes off first please) and peruse some of the now-somewhat-alien belongings that would have been commonplace in their time.”

Learning from a neighborhood stroll

“Guests are welcome to step inside the buildings and touch many (but perhaps not all) of the objects they find there. Kids can operate machinery that husked the community’s rice, and then handle the pots that were later used to cook the grains. You can step into the houses (shoes off first please) and peruse some of the now-somewhat-alien belongings that would have been commonplace in their time.”

Workshops to keep the children sweet

“With skill and hard work, however, an artisan can turn sweets into something more sublime. Just like the French patissier, the makers of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) use sugar and other ingredients to make edible art — objects of such beauty that you may feel guilty taking a bite from them.”

Workshops to keep the children sweet

“With skill and hard work, however, an artisan can turn sweets into something more sublime. Just like the French patissier, the makers of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) use sugar and other ingredients to make edible art — objects of such beauty that you may feel guilty taking a bite from them.”

Get kids’ education down to a science

“These are the type of activities you find in most science museums in the world. The buttons are worn around the edges and they’re not decked out with iPads and the most recent technologies, but they’re still interactive and educational. They may show their age, but the fun (and the science behind them) is timeless.”

Get kids’ education down to a science

“These are the type of activities you find in most science museums in the world. The buttons are worn around the edges and they’re not decked out with iPads and the most recent technologies, but they’re still interactive and educational. They may show their age, but the fun (and the science behind them) is timeless.”

TenQ can stop kids getting lost in space

“I’m not sure how self-conscious it makes these researchers to be presented as an exhibit themselves, but they seem unperturbed by observers, and I like the idea of children observing scientists at work — even if it has the feeling of watching fish in a tank.”

TenQ can stop kids getting lost in space

“I’m not sure how self-conscious it makes these researchers to be presented as an exhibit themselves, but they seem unperturbed by observers, and I like the idea of children observing scientists at work — even if it has the feeling of watching fish in a tank.”

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

“Look,” says a child, pointing to one of many sea creatures. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”

“Oh yes,” says the parent. “Beautiful. And it’s making me hungry.”

Take a slow, deep dive into marine life

“Look,” says a child, pointing to one of many sea creatures. “It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”

“Oh yes,” says the parent. “Beautiful. And it’s making me hungry.”

Brightening your holiday mood

“Tokyo has never shied away from spectacle, and the amount of sheer wattage that will go into this year’s illumination displays is likely to make the metropolis visible from other planets.”

Brightening your holiday mood

“Tokyo has never shied away from spectacle, and the amount of sheer wattage that will go into this year’s illumination displays is likely to make the metropolis visible from other planets.”

Creative approach brings science to life in Osaka

“Did I mention the playground? Designed by Austrian contemporary artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this space is an organic jungle gym painted white with primary-colored trim. It’s as if Mondrian and Gaudi had teamed up to build a gingerbread house.”

Creative approach brings science to life in Osaka

“Did I mention the playground? Designed by Austrian contemporary artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, this space is an organic jungle gym painted white with primary-colored trim. It’s as if Mondrian and Gaudi had teamed up to build a gingerbread house.”

Spa World Osaka Japan with Kids Childs Play

Make a splash on a family outing

“Splashing around in its warm waters has always been a pleasure during the bitter cold of January, but it still feels great now, even after winter’s sting has retired for the season.”

Spa World Osaka Japan with Kids Childs Play

Make a splash on a family outing

“Splashing around in its warm waters has always been a pleasure during the bitter cold of January, but it still feels great now, even after winter’s sting has retired for the season.”

Hanami in Tokyo with kids Childs Play Japan Times

A Family Guide to Tokyo Hanami Spots

“The weather still echoes winter’s chill, but the hearts and minds of the Japanese populace have begun to thaw. I can only describe it as something of a spiritual spring break.”

Hanami in Tokyo with kids Childs Play Japan Times

A Family Guide to Tokyo Hanami Spots

“The weather still echoes winter’s chill, but the hearts and minds of the Japanese populace have begun to thaw. I can only describe it as something of a spiritual spring break.”

Sanrio Puroland: Japan Times Child's Play

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

“What comes across as tacky, soulless commercialism in small amounts transmogrifies here into an ornate, sugar-fueled spectacle of near-baroque proportions.”

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Sanrio Puroland: Japan Times Child's Play

Family flashbacks to a psychedelic day with Kitty

“What comes across as tacky, soulless commercialism in small amounts transmogrifies here into an ornate, sugar-fueled spectacle of near-baroque proportions.”

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Exploring Omotesando’s cool cultural playground

“Large 8.5-meter-high windows offer a great view of the area, and the curator makes use of the ample daylight, frequently choosing art that emphasizes the bright and shiny.”

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Tokyo espace louis vuitton ernesto neto

Exploring Omotesando’s cool cultural playground

“Large 8.5-meter-high windows offer a great view of the area, and the curator makes use of the ample daylight, frequently choosing art that emphasizes the bright and shiny.”

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A museum where kids can play out fire-fighter fantasies

“Using sound, lights and some motorized parts, the diorama shows how such a village would respond to a blaze in the centuries before fire engines and water pressure.”

A museum where kids can play out fire-fighter fantasies

“Using sound, lights and some motorized parts, the diorama shows how such a village would respond to a blaze in the centuries before fire engines and water pressure.”

Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, Child's Play, The Japan Times

Preparing your kids for the Big One

Nearly everyone in this city has had some sort of preparedness training — from preschools to retirement homes — but a little extra practice has never hurt anyone.

Tokyo Rinkai Disaster Prevention Park, Child's Play, The Japan Times

Preparing your kids for the Big One

Nearly everyone in this city has had some sort of preparedness training — from preschools to retirement homes — but a little extra practice has never hurt anyone.

Miraikan in Odaiba, Tokyo

Take the kids to the future at Miraikan

In Japanese, it is known as Miraikan (roughly translated as “Hall of the Future”), yet despite its science-fiction aesthetic, the museum focuses on scientific realities — both present and potential.

Miraikan in Odaiba, Tokyo

Take the kids to the future at Miraikan

In Japanese, it is known as Miraikan (roughly translated as “Hall of the Future”), yet despite its science-fiction aesthetic, the museum focuses on scientific realities — both present and potential.

A big day out at the sumo

“The short, strenuous fights were a natural fit for short attention spans…”

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A big day out at the sumo

“The short, strenuous fights were a natural fit for short attention spans…”

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Second Helpings: Nostalgic Japanese foods

“Most kids may not be connoisseurs, but they’re never afraid to tell you what they like on the table.”

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Second Helpings: Nostalgic Japanese foods

“Most kids may not be connoisseurs, but they’re never afraid to tell you what they like on the table.”

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Bento packaged for the global spotlight

“…several well-known creative minds move beyond proletariat concerns to wax philosophic on the nature of bento and how they represent Japanese society.”

Bento packaged for the global spotlight

“…several well-known creative minds move beyond proletariat concerns to wax philosophic on the nature of bento and how they represent Japanese society.”

The pill still hard to swallow in Japan

“Of all industrialized nations, France has the highest number of pill advocates at 44%, with the U.K. at 26% and the United States at 18%. In Japan it stands at 3%. Why?”

The pill still hard to swallow in Japan

“Of all industrialized nations, France has the highest number of pill advocates at 44%, with the U.K. at 26% and the United States at 18%. In Japan it stands at 3%. Why?”

Canyoning: Plunging Into the Abyss

“…the key is to look straight up,” he says with a wink. “That way, you’ll fall straight down.”

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Canyoning: Plunging Into the Abyss

“…the key is to look straight up,” he says with a wink. “That way, you’ll fall straight down.”

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