Category: japan

Best playground for kids in Hakone japan

A Pinterest Playground I traveled thousands of miles to see that is no more (Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan)

August 12, 2016

This past year has been a whirlwind of travel and the trips I’ve planned have been done in more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants fashion where we only a pick a few must-sees in an area and then let the rest of the trip happen somewhat organically.  I’ve noticed this works well for travel with my family […]

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Pom Pom Purin cafe with kids in tokyo

One foodie cafe in Hong Kong I’m not sure I should have brought the kids to and one in Tokyo that I’m really glad I did

July 28, 2016

Family travel is always unpredictable and some of our favorite trip memories come from times when things don’t go as we expected.  On a recent trip to Asia I was really excited about all the fun restaurants we’d get to see!  I was really intrigued about one called Dim Sum Icon, a cafe that I saw on […]

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Tomica Shop in Tokyo

Build your Own Tomica Cars in Tokyo Japan

July 13, 2016

In another life, the only car I could have reliably named on the road was a Volkswagon Beetle but my husband has managed to pass on his passion for vehicles down to the next generation and now if I DON’T know the cars around me, I’d be totally outnumbered in the family.  So I try […]

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Dominique Ansel Bakery hot chocolate tokyo

A magical hot chocolate near a toy shop in Tokyo

June 30, 2016

We have been back from our trip to Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo for over a month and with the end of school and all our other summer planning, I’m only now getting to the posts.  There are many amazing things to see in Tokyo with kids, but the one thing my guys have always talked about […]

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yuzu and ponkan kochi products from Japan at Uwajimaya

A plea for icecrin on a Monday (Uwajimaya, Seattle)

October 26, 2015

Sometimes you just end up somewhere for a reason. Did you have a weekend like this too? I found the most awesome elliptical trainer the other day because I use Classpass and it led me to Emerald City Athletics where I tried a Life Fitness elliptical that had an awesome ‘course’ mode that let me […]

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If your kids love coin operated rides(Ueno zoo and Keio mall, Tokyo)

October 30, 2013

When we first found this rooftop playground in Tokyo a couple years ago the boys’ eyes lit up like firecrackers and if we had enough 100 yen coins we could have entertained them for hours.  Of course we looked for more magic of this sort when we returned.  And we found a few fabulous ones.  […]

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An alternate adventure: Monkeys in Arashiyama

October 23, 2013

I’d like to think I had a calm conversation with the hubby about this one, a casual “hey did you know you can see monkeys in the snow in Japan?” But when I saw some National Geographic Pictures of the Nagano snow monkeys while figuring out our Japan trip I probably brought this on with […]

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