Category: Motherhood in Japan

Japanese Kindergarten Fun: Imo Hori

It’s been 7 months (!) since I returned semi-full time to the classroom. I’ve experienced a whirlwind of emotions in this journey, but life as a kindergarten teacher in Japan is actually enjoyable (for the most part). While my primary task is keeping little humans alive and teaching them how to be human, I get to do pretty fun stuff like painting, crafting, and going on fields trips. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at some classic Japanese kindergarten fun: imo hori!

Omiyamari: Baby’s First Photo Shoot and Shrine Visit

Being pregnant in Japan is a 10-month long ordeal of hospital visits, taboos, and superstitions. And, even after your baby is born, the show still goes on. After you’ve no doubt introduced your new arrival to eager family members and friends, it’s soon time for omiyamairi: baby’s first photo shoot and shrine visit.

Look Who’s Talking: Tales of a Bilingual Monster

Just a few days after the post, 18 Months Old – The Countdown To 2 Begins, little Kaiju spoke her first sentence! She woke up, crying, “Dada [i]nai” (ダダない | Daddy’s not here.) Since that day, her vocabulary and communication skills grew tremendously!

A Day in the Life of a Working Mom in Tokyo

From this month, I’ll be fleshing out the Motherhood in Japan category and sharing my experiences in Japan. Today is a look at a day in the life of a working mom in Tokyo. I work as a kindergarten teacher in a kodomo en (こども園), a special facility that is both daycare and kindergarten. READ: An Inside Look At Daycare in Japan Background Before I begin, I must be incredibly forthright and honest in that my company has been very transparent in the way they adhere to Japanese law. I’ve had absolutely no trouble taking days off for appointments when I was pregnant. Nor did I have trouble taking maternity leave...

An Inside Look At Daycare in Japan

It’s fall! That means if you are considering enrolling your child in a public Japanese daycare from next April, you’ll want to start planning ASAP as applications go out in October. The dates and process vary from municipality to municipality, but it’s best to get a head start. If you want to know what to expect, read on!

Fabulous Friday Finds: 3 Snacks From Japan That Toddlers And Parents Will Love

This week on the blog is all about travel. But, what fun is a trip without something to munch on enroute to your destination? Here are some of my favorite snacks from Japan. You’ll no longer have to hide in closet to indulge yourself. These 3 snacks will satisfy your cravings and are perfect for sharing with your little ones. Here’s the latest edition of Fabulous Friday Finds: 3 Snacks From Japan That Toddlers And Parents Will Love.

Tokyo’s Toddler-Friendly Sushi Making Classes

I love that there are so many “mommy and baby” events in Tokyo. Unfortunately for me, they’re nearly always on a weekday morning. (It took me forever to find a weekend “mommy and baby” swimming class and even then, it’s 40 minutes away). So, when I had the opportunity to work with Local Bites and participate in one of Tokyo’s toddler-friendly sushi making classes, I jumped at the chance.

(Still) Boobin’ On 18 Months Later

How wonderful that August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and my little Kaiju is turning 18 months old? There’s tons of research and literature out there proving the benefits of breastfeeding. But, while I’m over here in Japan where nursing is a given, it’s so so so weird to see #freethenipple, #normalizebreastfeeding, and #blackwomendobreastfeed campaigns all over social media. Even more shocking is all the celebrities voicing their opinions, too.