LO#4 had “koala class” this past Thursday. Koala class is conducted for the newborn at my maternity hospital 2 weeks postpartum. Basically, the midwives check Mammy and babies progress. They physically check on baby too. Mom’s physical isn’t until 4 weeks postpartum. At the class they address any concerns you haveRead More →

Day 3 of a 5 day stay for a normal natural birth in Japan, the last full day (“birth”day is counted as day 0). The day of the facial and foot massage. Also, the last physical check-up for Mama, before discharge. I took a selection of tastes for breakfast again onRead More →

Maternity hospital stay Japan – Day two brought more delicious food and even more amazing presents. It was also the day I got a professional massage in my room. Breakfast everyday is buffet style. They have a great selection of Western and Japanese breakfast foods. The breads are particularly deliciousRead More →

Some photos of the food and the goodies on day one of a standard five-day stay (birth day is counted as day zero) in a Japanese maternity hotel… I mean hospital! Breakfast, which was brought to my room the morning after I gave birth. Little one #4 was in theRead More →

Are you planning a trip to Japan? One of my favourite bloggers wrote a fantastic list of web resources she used for her last trip earlier this year. Please click on the link; Web Resources we used when Planning our Family Holiday to Japan.Read More →

Kidzoona molly fantasy saitama japan

Kidzoona or Kidzooona is a fantasy indoor play center in Omiya and other locations in Japan and Asia. Best suited to preschoolers, there’s lots for kids to play with. Read More →

2015 – 2016 THE TEEPEES ARE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE HIRE Are you looking for unique accommodation in Japan? Ever thought of staying in a teepee (tipi / tepee / wigwam)? If you like the outdoors and want to try something different, the tepee site in Gotemba is aRead 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 →

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 →

There are five libraries in Kawagoe. The Chuo Library is generally referred to as Kawagoe Library, as the principle and largest of the five.  The building is quite old and a lot of their books, particularly the English ones, are archaic and have the smell to prove it. But itRead More →