torch relay

The Olympics torch relay event post was initially written before the Coronavirus outbreak. As of this time, April 8th 2020, things are still pretty much up in the air. The torch relay has been postponed, I would speculate until the same time next year – 2021. Every prefecture will participateRead More →

Chichibu Muse Park is a sprawling recreational space in the hills of Ogano. It offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Mt Buko. There are many sections to the park, offering both indoor and outdoor leisure / recreation facilities, and even accommodation. The park is suited toRead More →

2017 version. This is a master list of the zoos, farms, aquariums and other places with animals in the Tokyo area that are suited to children. You will also find a handful of locations that are actually outside Tokyo, but considered part of the Greater Tokyo area and renowned as placesRead More →

Suneori Amagoi The Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival, which started in 1781, has been awarded a number of cultural and festival accolades. The awards include the prestigious and coveted city designated intangible folk cultural asset. Another is the equally distinguished grand prize for the best hometown events. Both of theseRead More →

Tokyo 2020 skateboarding training camp Konosu Saitama with kids saitama olympics

Ever wondered if skateboarding is legal (and safe!) in Saitama? The good news is yes and yes. And one place you can enjoy skateboarding in Saitama is Kamiya Park, which has a designated skateboard park. It opened a few months ago in the winter of 2015 in Konosu. This multi-useRead More →

Alice in a labyrinth

I was very excited to visit Alice in a Labyrinth, the Ginza branch of the Alice in Wonderland Japan restaurants earlier in the year (2013). I was sorely disappointed. I had a great night, but that was due to the company of wonderful friends and little to do with theRead More →

Today, the 1st of September, is Disaster Prevention Day, on the anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake. This year marks the 90th anniversary of that fatal day in 1923. This morning the Public Address (PA) System wailed its sirens at 6.30am. These sirens sound like the sirens you hear inRead More →

Odaiba Odaiba is a popular sightseeing spot and shopping area in Tokyo. There are numerous restaurants to cater to most tastes, below is a small selection of child friendly eateries. Fuji TV Kids Cafe “Mamatoko” This cafe is popular with all ages from small babies to 6th grade. There is aRead More →