The list of things that you’re responsible to do when doing anything with children however just keeps on growing. So, compiled here is a little list of things that might make it a tad bit easier for you on your visit to the land of the rising sun.
In a little place called doll town or ‘Ningyo no Machi’ on Takasago street in Matsumoto City, there are quite a few doll shops, each with their own unique charm. Depending on the time of year, you may either find lovely Japanese hina dolls for girls or even traditional Japanese kabuto helmets for boys.
In addition to large well-known events, there are also smaller local festivals around Japan every weekend celebrating and honoring the summer season itself.
This is a special day or the children aged three, five and seven years. They will visit nearby shrines with their parents and attend prayers conducted there.
A little aquarium that is tucked away in one of the corners of Chinatown; the Yokohama Omoshiroi Suizokukan.
The next time you have an important decision or negotiation on the line, even if it is just a 100 yen discount, don’t forget “jan ken pon!”
Kidzania lists itself as an edutainment center where kids can be leaders, make rules and rely on each other to join forces and build a kids-led community. The Mexico-based company now has spread across the globe and there is a strong following of little workers in Tokyo and Osaka locally and in many of the world’s top travel locations too. Just look at Kidzania London, Kidzania Seoul or Kidzania Dubai. All have ignited the imaginations of their youthful patrons and worked their way into the hearts and wallets of many doting parents.
Rock-paper-scissors is, hands down, the most popular game among Japanese school children. But even the most interesting game in the world can grow stale after a thousand hands or more. When this happens, the only thing to do is to iterate the game. Which brings us to acchi muite hoi!
Sensei Awesome, which is the nickname we have given my daughter’s teacher, invited the parents to come for a day of udon noodle making at school. Kids and their parents were given the opportunity to make hand-made udon noodles and they were fabulous!