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 →

easy peasy paper craft ice-cream

Easy toilet roll and paper craft for toddlers. I turned on the TV to check the weather one morning this week and there was a crafts show for children on. They were making paper ice-cream. My little ones watched in awe, so it was only fitting that we gave itRead More →

We are psyching up to Halloween, a very big holiday at home (Ireland) with its ancient roots in the Samhain, a celtic festival. I haven’t decided what to dress the kids as yet, but I always have a pirate outfit as the back-up plan as it is so easy to make.Read More →