Living in Japan with Kids? 6 sites to help you find your way!

Parents have no fear! We have plenty of resources right here! From things to do on a rainy day to explaining Japanese history, these links will guide you through a new terrain.

 

 

Japanese History and Facts

When you are trying to teach their child about their adopted home country all you have to do is go to Kids Web Japan.  Kids Web Japan is sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is chock-full of interesting tidbits to help your child learn simple Japanese phrases, find out about local school children, Japanese folktales and culture.

Education in Japan

This is hands down one of the best blogs about the educational landscape in Japan.  The owner of the blog Aileen Kawagoe has collected an extreme amount of information for parents about Japanese public schools, international schools, summer camps, laws and legislation, living in Japan, teaching your child English while sending them to public school…you name it, she’s got it. I strongly suggest you join her yahoo groups page here http://groups.yahoo.com/group/edn-in-jpn/.

Tokyo Kids Online sponsored by Tokyo Families Magazine

Tokyo Kids Online wants to help you find out what is hot and now in the Tokyo and Kanto regions of Japan.  Young Eiji and his dad Boone banter about movies, events, and anything else you can fit in a 10 minute podcast about what you can do with your family.  I really like his joke sequence and I enjoy how easily Eiji and Boone communicate with one another. I can imagine them sitting on the stoop and drinking a tall glass of lemonade.

Japan With Kids

I love this site but it is now defunct. The last official update on the page was 2005.  They have a copyright until 2007, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take a peek at this site. Some of the information and discussion boards are still relevant today. I don’t know the reason behind the site ending, but I do know that it was and is a treasure.

Tokyo Families Magazine

Tokyo Families is a free monthly magazine that focuses on information for the international community in Japan.  You can find it in a hard copy, but if that’s hard to come by feel free to check them out online.

Japan for Kids

List of art activities, videos, and coloring sheets about Japan.

Fun Things to Do with Kids

Are you about to travel to Japan? Are you already here and looking for ways to explain to your child that you aren’t in Kansas anymore? This travel site highlights major areas around the country. I like the list of books at the end of the page. If you want some great reads about tea ceremony, samurai, and Japanese celebrations check out this page.

That’s it for now, if you have any sites I should look out for please add them in the comments section.

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About Michaela Chatman

Michaela Chatman is the founder of Camp Roadless Summer Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp based in the Tokyo area. She has taught in Chicago, New York City, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. She has worked with children from ages 5-16. She is a dedicated fan and supporter of the arts. She performs locally in Tokyo with Kaguratei, a blues band. She is an active member in TELL:Exceptional Parents Group, Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (JASCD), Tokyo Investment Group, and Pink Cow Connections Networking Group. For fun she organizes The Tokyo Lovers Pizza Meetup Group.
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