Experience Asakusa Information Share “Where can I try some unique Japanese cultural experiences in Tokyo?” We often get asked a variation of “where can I enjoy some real Japanese experiences in Tokyo?” on the Facebook Japan Travel, Friendly Discussion Group. Unfortunately, the search field and files section of Facebook Groups is stillRead More →

Amezaiku in Kawagoe

Candy Craft in Kawagoe Today, we went to watch the Candy Man in Kawagoe. Mr Suzuki is a performance artist, who sculpts candy into different shapes, characters and forms. It is an art form from the Edo period known as Amezaiku in Japan. From what I have seen of his work,Read More →

Yeah, it’s October 1st, I’m finally allowed talk about Halloween without getting eye rolls and or verbal abuse. I took our Halloween box out of storage a few weeks ago and the kids have been enjoying Halloween books, activities and DVDs. Last week we did some Autumn and Halloween origamiRead More →

My hits this week from the search terms “Hina Matsuri Crafts” has encouraged me to showcase some more of our Hina Matsuri activities. This activity can actually be used for any occasion and thanks to the Daiso 100 yen store (dollar / euro store), it is easy to prepare andRead More →

Origami Hearts, Valentine’s Craft. Reposting from last year as it has proved very popular both with my own kids and as a blog post – my evergreen content. 🙂 Origami hearts, Valentine’s Craft These simple origami hearts, suited to young children and Origami beginners, were a big hit with myRead More →

This is a really easy origami craft that preschoolers and origami beginners can enjoy. All you need is the free A4 printables available on HappyLilac.net.  You don’t need to be able to read Japanese. The blue Dairi-sama printable can be found here. The pink Hina-sama printable can be found here.  My 4Read More →

Hina Matsuri is the Doll’s festival celebrated annually for Girl’s Day on March the 3rd in Japan. Families display their Imperial dolls on tiered platforms or in a case from early February until Girl’s Day. Superstition has it, the longer the dolls are displayed past girl’s day, the longer itRead More →

It sounds like a metaphor for exorcism, but this is just another fun custom in Japan, carried out on February 3rd annually. Today, is Setsubun, the day before Spring starts and in some ways a type of New Year in Japan. For Setsubun, households use the ritual of Mamemaki, bean throwing,Read More →

I love the activity magazines you can buy for kids in Japan. I find them great distraction for the kids when we’ve been confined to home for a few days in a row due to weather or, as in present circumstances, due to sickness. This month I bought the ChristmasRead More →

I got this simple Halloween craft idea from our local jido centre, which is like a free children’s community centre. All you need is a papercup, scissors, a black marker (or black paper and glue) and a piece of string or wool or a cut elastic band for hanging. YouRead More →