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Sink into sweets

Tokyo Bay Maihama Hotel Club Resort is collaborating with Q-pot’s famed accessory designer Tadaaki Wakamatsu to create the ultimate “sweet room.” From chocolate bar wallpaper to strawberry pillows, cookie tables and chocolate-dripping TVs, the entire suite is like an industrial-scale explosion of Wakamatsu’s confectionary-obsessed accessories. A stay in this luxury twin room can seem a...

Apr 24, 2014 | No Comments | 80 views
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A flash of cute in your hurried life

While studies show that constantly checking the time actually increases stress, Smart Canvas’ range of Moomin watches aims to inject a flash of cuteness into your moments of anxiety. Popular characters Moomintroll, Snufkin and Little My appear on both the wristband and an updated version of the old-school 1990s display. But the graphics change daily,...

Apr 23, 2014 | No Comments | 87 views
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Family-friendly (and family-related!) kanji

赤ちゃん (akachan) = baby, infant (literally, “red-chan”) 育休 (ikukyuu) = maternity leave, childcare leave 育児 (ikuji) = childcare, nursing, upbringing 育つ (sodatsu) = to be raised, brought up, grow up 親子 (oyako) = parent and child 親子丼 (oyakodon) = chicken and egg on rice (literally, “parent and child on rice”) 幼稚園 (yochien) = kindergarten, preschool 保母 (hobo) = day-care worker in a...

Apr 22, 2014 | No Comments | 94 views
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Comics for language learners young and old

Good for kids and adults alike, here’s a selection of bilingual manga you may not even have known existed. Double the fun in one volume! Unless otherwise stated, prices listed are for the first volume of each series. All Ages  Jungle Emperor Leo (Leo Edition) by Osamu Tezuka (¥864) http://meturl.com/leomanga14 Kobo the Li’l Rascal by Masashi Ueda (¥950) http://meturl.com/lilrascal14 Mighty...

Apr 22, 2014 | No Comments | 105 views
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How do you help an abused child?

Dear AMA, I’m an ALT who works in a public elementary school. I think there’s a student in one of the classes who is getting abused at home. He comes to school with a black eye, a swollen lip or bruises on his arms. I asked him a couple times what happened and he just says “...my dad.”...

Apr 20, 2014 | No Comments | 285 views
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A prankster comes to Okinawa

The Okinawa International Movie Festival caters mainly to local fans, bringing some of the biggest names in Japanese comedy and filmmaking way down south for annual celebrations. But the festival has always done a good job of attracting some impressive foreign stars as well. The standout international guest for this year’s event was Jackass chief...

Apr 9, 2014 | No Comments | 880 views
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