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Beloved Sakura Season

I think everyone in Japan looks forward to sakura time. The news will have forecasts tracking when the blooms will appear in each area. We had our little hanami party at Ueno Kouen, Yoyogi Kouen, and Shinjuku Gyoen this year. Each park has such different atmospheres and their own character. But of the three parks […]

Merry Christmas!

This year’s presents were all about Den-O and Dora! I love to watch the joy on their faces when they see those presents by the tree on Christmas morning. This year Arisa is old enough to be well aware that there’s something juicy in that brightly-wrapped box. Before Christmas day Keiji would often ask for […]

Christmas Illumination at Tokyo Disney

We took Grandma to Tokyo Disney so she could soak in some of the Disney holiday cheer. Arisa is very much a Minnie fan now so we decided that our plan for the day would be to check out the Christmas parade, the Minnie Oh Minnie show, and the Lighting of Cinderella’s castle, take a […]

Its Beginning to Look Like Christmas

All over Tokyo now there are Christmas Illuminations, the name for all the holiday lights, decorations and ornaments on display at popular shopping areas. Tokyo definitely looks full of Christmas spirit and all the places are picture perfect. Here is Keiji at Ebisu Garden Place during their Baccarat Eternal Lights Christmas Illumination. He’s running down […]

Shichi-go-san 七五三

Shichi go san, are the numbers seven, five and three in Japanese. Shichi-go-san is also the celebration for boys who  are 5 years old and girls are 3 and 7 years old. After doing a little research I found that the tradition started around the Heian period (794-1185). The nobles considered these ages a very […]

The Kawasaki Halloween Parade

The Saturday before Halloween was pouring rain the entire day, which meant all the Halloween events for that day was pretty much canceled. Sunday turned out to be beautiful weather in contrast so we all went to check out the festivities in Kawasaki. I was surprised to see lots of people, both adults and children […]

Thomas and Tinkerbell

Here are the final costumes   Happy Halloween!

A Halloween Parade !

I found a couple of Halloween events in the Tokyo area. There is the annual Roppongi Hills Halloween Parade on Saturday October 27, from 11:00- 13:30. In the area, the Stomp Stamp store is giving candy to kids in costume.  Tokyo City View is also giving candy to kids in costume who shout “trick or […]

World Travel Fair

Tokyo Big Sight, Ariake, Koto-ku Irena was working at one of the exhibition booths during this year’s 2007 JATA World Travel Fair. It was really interesting to see the booths of various countries. Each booth had brochures and giveaways to promote tourism in their country. I worried that the kids would be bored at a […]

Sanja Matsuri

Asakusa 浅草, Taito-ku 台東区 Milie, Aki and Wes invited us and some other families to take part in the Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa. It was really fun. If it hadn’t been for Milie putting together a small party to celebrate the festival I don’t think we ever would’ve had a chance to go to see […]