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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,…

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…

Japanese Koto, Amazon

The koto is an instrument that I love. I was first introduced to it in 1985 as an exchange student. The Japanese school teachers dressed me in kimono and shown how to pluck the strings of the koto. It was a lot of fun because I got so…

Medical Human Body, Amazon

You might think that this is an unusual post on Amazon Japan goods..... but it is very similar to the exhibit that I found with a group of kids at the Miraikan, Science Museum in Tokyo last summer. They had a great time reconstructing the…

Winter Craft Projects for Kids

Do your kids enjoy craft projects? My kids have always enjoyed these kinds of books that you can purchase from most bookstores in Japan. For those that have not come across these books before, take a look at the activities on the…