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My latest on City-Cost.com | A luxurious maternity stay in Japan

This is my latest post on City-cost.com, a summary of a 5 day stay in a luxury maternity hospital in Saitama. Five days is the norm for a natural birth! This article was picked up by newsonjapan.com, my 2nd time to be featured there. 🙂 If you are interested in seeing what a maternity “hotel” is like, check it out! You will also find detailed posts of each day’s stay linked below the article. Thank you. Source: A luxurious maternity stay in Japan | Living – Medical | Fujimi-shi, Saitama | City-Cost

Fave Foto Friday… on a Monday

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag.

 

This photo was taken in the public part of the Imperial Palace Gardens, Sunday November 29th. It has not been edited in anyway. The autumn leaves are stunning and thanks to the blue sky the reflection in the pond is picture perfect.  More to come on the gardens later in the week.

 

This is my 30th post for #NaBloPoMo meaning that I passed the challenge to post every single day during November.  Party over here!

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UPDATED. A photo with Santa Claus |Premium Outlets

From December 6th to 23rd Santa is travelling around the Premium Outlets for a rare photo opportunity. There will be four sessions daily. Each time the first fifty families will be able to get their photo taken with Santa free of charge.

Locations include the Premium Outlets in Shissui in Chiba, Ami, Ibaraki, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Sendai in Miyagi prefecture.

Dates:

December 6th

Shisui in Chiba, in front of the food court
Tosu in Saga, in front of Lego

December 12th

Izumi in Sendai, in front of Rope

December 13th

Ami in Ibaraki, in front of the food gallery

Toki in Gifu, in front of Unite Arrows

December 19th

Sano in Tochigi, near New Balance

Gotemba in Shizuoka, in the West Zone near Gap

December 23rd

Rinkuu in Osaka, in front of Gap

Sanda in Kobe, in front of the food gallery.

 

Times: 10.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00.

They are all free events.

PHOTO from WalkerPlus Magazine.  Information fron the official website at http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/wsr_santa2015/

 

 

Manhole Monday

Regular Monday feature for the month of NABLOPOMO, introducing the manhole cover art of the Greater Tokyo area of Saitama and beyond.

MT TAKAO, TOKYO

Even at 599 metres there are manhole covers! I couldn’t find a coloured one, but the steel one is quite nice regardless.

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KAWAGOE

Kawagoe manholes have featured on my blog before, but this week I managed to find a new-to-me one and a coloured version of the Bell Tower manhole cover.

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Kawagoe coloured manhole

If you are interested in manhole covers, I recommend you check out these three blogs with a great selection:

Shizuoka Gourmet: http://shizuokagourmet.com/?s=manhole

Life in the Land of Wa: http://dustinandlaura.blogspot.jp/search?q=manhole

KA Japan: http://kajapan.org/?s=manhole

Fave Foto Friday

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag.

This photo was taken in the monkey park near the top of Mt Takao, a very popular mountain in rural Tokyo. The autumn leaves were absolutely stunning.KIMG4511

Post number 20 for the NaBloPoMo challenge complete. 🙂

Manhole Monday

Post #16 for #NaBloPoMo 2015.

The manhole cover art of Japan. Week #3. Art on a fire hydrant cover in Higashimatsuyama.
Higashimatsuyama fire hydrant manhole cover

Preschool playgrounds in Japan

In my experience of Gunma, Ibaraki and Saitama, most preschools in suburbia Japan, have some form of outdoor play area. Most of them have at least a slide and/or swings, and some are a full on playground with a combination of equipment.  Thankfully, our preschool is one of the latter.

The main piece of equipment in my kid’s preschool’s playground was designed and made by Dino World in Fukui prefecture, hundreds of kilometres away. It is a combination piece for kids in the preschool age range. The Dino World brand is part of the Dinosaur museum in Fukui, which is said to be one of the best dinosaur museums in the world. We have yet to visit, but at least a little part of the museum has come to us. 🙂

Apart from the Dino World combination unit, there are swings, monkey bars, horizontal bars, tunnels and a sand pit. Hours of fun guaranteed.

Has anyone a post like this for another country? I’d love to see what preschools are like around the world.  What are the playgrounds like in your kid’s preschools?

Preschool playground

FavFoto Friday

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag.

I love the colours in this photo I took last Sunday in Hikarigaoka Park in Nerima, Tokyo, close to the Saitama city of Wako. I also love how the trees are reflected in the rain water.

Post lucky number 13 for the NaBloPoMo challenge complete. 🙂

Hikarigaoka colours

Manhole and Street Art

Continuing the weekly Monday theme of manholes, with a few street pictures thrown in.

This past week I was in Saitama, Tokyo and Kanagawa.

In photos:

SAITAMA

Fujimi

Fujimi city manhole

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Higashimatsuyama

Higashimatsuyama manhole

 

TOKYO

Nerima

Hikarigaoka manhole

Chiyoda

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Shibuya

Shibuya manholeStreet art Tokyo

 

 

 

KANAGAWA

Yokohama

Yokohama manhole

 

 

 

 
Tune in next week for more!

Night Illumination for FavFotoFriday

This is part of  Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. 🙂

The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag. Despite travelling to Yokohama twice this week, Tokyo once and having mini adventures with my kids, it would seem I didn’t take even one good photo all week, they are all mediocre. With time against me to fulfill the NaBloPoMo challenge of a post a day (6 minutes to midnight here)  I chose one from our Halloween night in the woods of Shinrin Park.

I chose this photo, because I like Night Illumination, not because I think it is a particularly good photo.  Quite the opposite; I realised that my smart phone doesn’t take good night photos. I am new to the world of Android and still have a lot to learn. If anyone has any tips on how to best take a photo at night with Kyocera android, please do share! Regardless, next time I go to view the Winter Illumination, I’ll be sure to bring a regular camera!

NIght Illumination at Shinrin Park
NIght Illumination at Shinrin Park

Happy Weekend.