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    Perhaps you have enjoyed the irori at a Japanese restaurant before and not realised the cultural significance of it? Perhaps you have wished to buy a irori for your own home but not realised you could? Take a look at this cool pick on [...]
  • Savings, Piggy banks, Chokin, money boxes …. they are all a great way to help teach your kids the disciplines of money!! These special cool picks are a wonderful way of saving and teaching counting at the same time. Which one is [...]
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    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 [...]
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    This contraption available on Amazon is a portable toilet with a remote control to train Japanese toddlers to use washlets. Have you ever seen one before I wonder? I was quite interested in the invention and wondered how many toddlers [...]
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    Well according to the blurb on Amazon, you can save 27% if you buy online! This is one serious handbag. Of course it is Louis Vuitton. Back in the 1980’s, when I first arrived in Japan, I had never heard of Louis Vuitton. Mind [...]
  • 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 [...]
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    Are you a serious Hello Kitty Golf Gear fan? I found this Hello Kitty golf bag on Amazon this morning. I wondered what those with a passion for golf might make of this branding scenario on the case for clubs. Previously, Shibuya246 [...]
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    Do you remember the huge 1/1 Gundam RX78 that stood in Odaiba, Tokyo in late summer 2009? It was so popular at the time that thousands of visitors flocked to the scene and there was even a gorgeous Gundam wedding held there. I am [...]
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    This is one popular hat in our house! Have you got a one piece hat? You might have known I would find it on Amazon. Good price too. I am providing the wiki link to the One Piece plot explanation as I am sure readers already are [...]
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    The recent holiday for Coming of Age Day in Japan revived my love and interest in the kimono. The girls and boys were seen in full kimono attire in shopping centres, restaurants and hotel lobbies all day. It was a lot of fun to compare [...]
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    Have you ever wanted to own your own Pokkuri shoes? The pokkuri shoes are traditional wooden platform shoes. They are the shoes that are often worn by Maiko during their apprentice as Geisha. They are wonderful at keeping the kimono [...]
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    Beautiful, beautiful kimono bags …. my love of kimono and various ‘kimono inspired bits and pieces‘ show through on this post! I would love to hear your feedback if you are a lover of kimono too. This particular bag [...]
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    These biscuits are my all-time favourites. They are just right – light wafers with white chocolate inside. One is never enough! But I never knew that they were available on Amazon. This could be seriously harmful for my [...]
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    The karuta cards in Japan are typically seen a symbolic part of New Year. There are competitions to select the karuta queen and their male counterparts. Many TV stations like to focus on karuta playing and in many homes throughout [...]
  • I recently went back to Tokyo Disneyland. I love the atmosphere and it makes for an easy day when you have six kids. We bumped into a team of characters. It was great to see Snow White and the Dwarfs, Cruella de Ville by herself (she [...]
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    Setsubun is approaching very soon. In Japan, the festival Setsubun is celebrated on February 3. It is thought of as a festival which helps remove evil and usher in luck. Lets hope we have lots of luck in 2010. In preparation, stores [...]
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    The Hawaiian dancing boom is still going strong in Japan. (The town of Obama, even welcomed the US President on his visit, with Hawaiian dance in November 2009.) Hawaiian dancing is not only a lovely form of dance but also really [...]
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    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 [...]
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    Has anyone tried collecting Momoko Dolls? Momoko was created in 2001. It was considered a small side project by a Japanese software company called Petworks. And three years later Petworks decided to pass the doll-making venture over to [...]
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    I found this amazing cake on Amazon! It looks so good to eat … but it is not for consumption. If you click on the photo you will see that it is a puzzle. I havent purchased one of these but for around $5 dollars it might be worth [...]
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    The number of charms in Japan is amazing. Some many of the these charms are placed on bags – school bags, handbags, even briefcases. This little charm is a cute beaded one. Do you like charms like this in your country?
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    I had to look up JAL toys today with the story hot in the press that JAL is bankrupt. Some of these little trucks used to be given to the kids on board for free a decade ago. Times have changed. But the JAL gear is all there on Amazon. [...]
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    The educational company Kumon does a wonderful set of puzzles for kids. It starts with step one puzzles like this. This puzzle is a basic step one puzzle for children around 18 months. But there are more in this series that Kumon [...]
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