Posts Tagged: Tokyo

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.”

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.”

Art is for everyone, including kids

“If you glean anything from this column, I hope it’s that Tokyo is fantastic fun for children. There are great parks, museums and family entertainment options, but one aspect of the city that I feel is often overlooked by Tokyo parents is the vibrant contemporary art scene.”

Art is for everyone, including kids

“If you glean anything from this column, I hope it’s that Tokyo is fantastic fun for children. There are great parks, museums and family entertainment options, but one aspect of the city that I feel is often overlooked by Tokyo parents is the vibrant contemporary art scene.”

Don’t let rainy days stop you going out to play

“As wintry weather hovers over Japan, parents are constantly on the lookout for indoor places for their kids to play. “

Don’t let rainy days stop you going out to play

“As wintry weather hovers over Japan, parents are constantly on the lookout for indoor places for their kids to play. “

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.”

Halloween in Tokyo: Don’t be afraid to take the kids out

“Halloween, I believe, proves to be a better fit for Japan’s cultural predilections just as it is. It has its roots in respecting — and even communing with — the dead, which lines up well with ancient O-bon traditions, and Japan has more than its share of homegrown ghost and monster stories to be told around a campfire. Halloween’s present themes of costumes and fright also jibe with the Japan of today, where horror movies and cosplay still rake in billions of yen every year.”

Halloween in Tokyo: Don’t be afraid to take the kids out

“Halloween, I believe, proves to be a better fit for Japan’s cultural predilections just as it is. It has its roots in respecting — and even communing with — the dead, which lines up well with ancient O-bon traditions, and Japan has more than its share of homegrown ghost and monster stories to be told around a campfire. Halloween’s present themes of costumes and fright also jibe with the Japan of today, where horror movies and cosplay still rake in billions of yen every year.”

Kids can learn a lot from being on the factory floor

“And the final tour? That one was for me: the Asahi Beer plant — a mere eight-minute train ride from Osaka Station. I had to persuade my daughter to come along for this one — hey, fermentation is science, right? — and I’m proud to say that she enjoyed herself a lot more than she expected to.”

Kids can learn a lot from being on the factory floor

“And the final tour? That one was for me: the Asahi Beer plant — a mere eight-minute train ride from Osaka Station. I had to persuade my daughter to come along for this one — hey, fermentation is science, right? — and I’m proud to say that she enjoyed herself a lot more than she expected to.”

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.”

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.

Lost in Inokashira, Found in Ghibli

Ah, Kichijoji: my favorite Tokyo neighborhood. Less than 30 minutes from the heart of the city, this hip suburb has everything a downtown dweller would want…

Lost in Inokashira, Found in Ghibli

Ah, Kichijoji: my favorite Tokyo neighborhood. Less than 30 minutes from the heart of the city, this hip suburb has everything a downtown dweller would want…

In Tokyo, a Taste of Brooklyn

“The Skatalites are on the record player. The smell of fresh-baked bread wafts past overstuffed bookshelves and crates of vinyl. It’s like visiting the loft of your most eccentric aunt.”

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In Tokyo, a Taste of Brooklyn

“The Skatalites are on the record player. The smell of fresh-baked bread wafts past overstuffed bookshelves and crates of vinyl. It’s like visiting the loft of your most eccentric aunt.”

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Tokyo’s best high-tech kids’ activities

For children interested in science and technology — or for parents eager to spark that interest — Japan’s capital is the place for kids to get neck-deep in high-tech.

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Tokyo’s best high-tech kids’ activities

For children interested in science and technology — or for parents eager to spark that interest — Japan’s capital is the place for kids to get neck-deep in high-tech.

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Down By the River

“…between glitzy Ginza boutiques and the humble suburban sprawl of Chiba prefecture; between rustic postwar tenements and the gleam of Odaiba’s futuristic architecture.”

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Down By the River

“…between glitzy Ginza boutiques and the humble suburban sprawl of Chiba prefecture; between rustic postwar tenements and the gleam of Odaiba’s futuristic architecture.”

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Shinagawa Aquarium

“Here manta rays and sea turtles swoop bewilderingly close overhead. “

Shinagawa Aquarium

“Here manta rays and sea turtles swoop bewilderingly close overhead. “

Children’s Castle: Omotesando

“The Children’s Castle looks like any other building on the outside. The inside, however, is another story. “

Children’s Castle: Omotesando

“The Children’s Castle looks like any other building on the outside. The inside, however, is another story. “

With Kids: Taimeiken Kite Museum

“The room is a tangled heap of color and string, requiring you to duck under and step around the hundreds of kites that couldn’t fit inside the glass display cases.”

With Kids: Taimeiken Kite Museum

“The room is a tangled heap of color and string, requiring you to duck under and step around the hundreds of kites that couldn’t fit inside the glass display cases.”

With Kids: Tokyo Drum Museum

“There are plenty of opportunities to test out the goods here, and kids will love it, but be warned: sleeping children won’t stay asleep for long.”

With Kids: Tokyo Drum Museum

“There are plenty of opportunities to test out the goods here, and kids will love it, but be warned: sleeping children won’t stay asleep for long.”