Toys to Help Teach Your Kids Japanese Hiragana

Here are some toys that will help your kids learn Hiragana (ひらなが) that actual Japanese kids use. Toys that will help your kids learn Hiragana 1. Hiragana building blocks Blocks are called tsumiki (積み木). Tsumiki like this, which is like a small picture dictionary with illustration on one side and hiragana on the other side …

Useful food you can get at a Japanese convenience store to feed your baby

When you are travelling with a baby, there are times you need to get baby food at a convenience store. Unfortunately, most convenience stores in Japan do not sell baby food. But don’t worry! There are many other food that you can feed your baby instead. Baby-friendly food you can get at convenience stores 1. …

Where a typical Japanese mom go to with her baby on a weekday

Many moms in Japan, especially stay-at-home-moms and moms on a maternal leave, have a hard time deciding how to spend the day with her baby/kids. I am no exception. So I wanted to share my experience on how to spend an ordinary weekday in Japan with kids. Common places Japanese moms take their kids on …

How an ordinary Japanese mom spends her day (with two kids)

Being a stay-at-home-mom with two young children can be pretty overwhelming. I always wonder how other moms are going through this stage. What do they do everyday?  Where do they go? When do they prepare dinner? Here is an example of how I spend a day with my #1 daughter (2 years old) and #2 …

What is a “Maternity Mark?”: Where/when to get it, important reasons why you should wear it (Pregnancy in Japan)

If you become pregnant in Japan, there is a key chain that I recommend you to wear in public. It is called the “Maternity Mark”. I will introduce you to the maternity mark, and give reasons why you should wear it in public. What is a Maternity Mark? “Maternity Mark” (マタニティーマーク)is a key chain distributed …

7 reasons why birth rates keep decreasing in Japan (from a Japanese mom’s perspective)

Japan’s birth rate has decreased to a point that it will not be able to support its own country in the future. Why? Japan seems to be a rich country with everything you need, with education, food, health etc. Then why are families deciding not to have kids? Why are families having only one or …