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Kasa, June Japan

Some lovely umbrellas are appearing in time for the rainy season in June. I loved these ideas from Amazon Japan - what do you think? Or this one ? Lovely with cherry blossom decorations spread around.

Kiki

I am in Australia at the moment and have been visiting my cat, Kiki. Also, I got time to go the golf range. This is a great place to practice.

Narita Airport Cleaning

I am in Australia this week and have been without internet coverage for a while. Before leaving from Narita Airport last week I came across these great robot cleaning machines named Narita-kun and Epo-chan, for Narita Airport. I…

Momotaro Puppets

Teaching Japanese fairy tales to kids? This set of puppets from the Momotaro story is a great way to liven up the class. The kids can take turns in placing the characters on the board as they appear in the story. These puppets are…

Kids Books on Culture Days

I really liked to read about different cultural days in Japanese. I have recently ordered books on the HinaMatsuri. I am looking forward to its arrival. I am also going to get this book on Tanabata even though it is a few months…

Cute Faces, White Day Japan

White Day Japan is coming up on March 14th - this is a day that was first celebrated in 1978! It was introduced by the National Confectionary Association in Japan to try and get men to buy something for the women who gave them flowers on…

Anpan Man, aiueo

I really like the Anpanman brand! Who would have thought it could have taken off with such intense popularity? For those who dont know, Anpanman is a series of stories written by Takashi Yanase since 1968 with the lead character,…

Sakura mochi, Japan

This one is for sakura mochi fans! It is a wonderful addition to the bag or mobile phone. I can almost smell the sakura mochi already!! For those who are unusure about what kind of smell I am talking about - sakura mochi are sweet…

Girls Day, Boys Day, Japan

Girls Day or Boys Day there seems to be a considerable expense involved! I looked up two classic items for these days on Amazon, Japan. This one is the 7 tier court of the Emperor and Empress. It is splendid and I am sure a lot of…

Japanese Food Stories

Have you got a favourite kids story? I really enjoy Japanese kids stories - they always seem to bring a different way of looking at things to the fore. It is great to work with the stories and help kids through new ways of thinking about…

Meiro, Mazes, Japan

There are some great books on mazes for kids but look through this one! This one looks like it is a maze of environmental issues. Of course if your kids are looking at the easier versions of mazes or meiro perhaps this one is…

Teaching Japanese, aiueo

Games are a great way of teaching language. This game from Kumon Education is one such product that is really helpful for teachers. The pieces are nice to touch and clear to read. It is simple but highly effective in…

Western Architecture, Japan

I am thrilled to find some models of Western influenced Japanese architecture on Amazon Japan. This model is wonderful - a replica of the Sapporo Clock Building. I wrote about western inspired buildings today on Kimonobox. I…

Kanji Quiz Toilet Paper

Do you have have a passion to learn kanji on the toilet? What a strange question - but this item from Amazon makes me wonder if people do have this interest! The mind boggles!! Perhaps the quiz works and those studying…

Japanese Buildings

These building replicas look interesting. I wonder what you would use them for other than decoration? Could you use them for architecture study in a classroom situation? Perhaps. They are certainly a fabulous find on Amazon Japan.…

Hina Dolls, Japan

Have you got a favourite doll? I love the Japanese Hina doll set. What is your favourite doll? This one is great because it has a small drawer to keep your treasures in.

Rilakkuma Cafe

Cute !! Another great gift idea if you are keen on Rilakkuma!! My kids are a huge fan of all Rilakkuma gear. What about you ? Do you like Rilakkuma bear? Have you ever bought a birthday cup? Rilakkuma has a great range!…

Mad Hatter Figure

Have you seen the new Alice In Wonderland film? This figure will be released shortly and I feel is a real credit to the recent production as well as the original characterisation of the Hatter by Lewis Carol. Which character in…

One Piece Chopper

One Piece Chopper from the series ONE PIECE a long running manga series is a popular character. But I am trying to work out from the picture and writing what is so special about this one? Has anyone bought this item? Can you let me know…

Electric Hybrid Eco Bicycle

I am pondering over whether to go for an electric hybrid bike or not? This means it has a self-charge function that works while it is being ridden. It is part of the Sanyo "Gaia" be good to, or co-existence with the Earth philosophy. Has…

Royce Chocolate, Japan

For all those Royce chocolate lovers .... it is available on Amazon Japan You can buy Royce in a set with wafers, potato chips and nama chocolate included in the purchase. Sounds great. Are you a Royce Chocolate fan? I…

Silicon Oven Gloves

I purchased some silicon oven gloves over New Year and they have been brilliant! I am planning to buy some more to give to my sister for her birthday - so if she reads this part of the blog .... the secret is out! Has anyone else…

Vending Machine Proposal

This is cool. Your very own vending machine selling Coca-Cola!! This could be a very original gift or even necessary buy item to furnish the family room perhaps!? I wonder how many people enjoy this luxury? Japanese vending machines…