“A child’s spontaneity and wonder are things to treasure for as long as they last; for the greatest minds, they last a lifetime.” MEES teaching approach has its roots in educational philosophies such as the Reggio Emilia approach and the Montessori method, which is grounded in the idea that children are native learners who can learn faster and with more engagement when given the freedom to choose what to learn. They believe that students have the right to take ownership over their own learning as they engage with fundamental questions. The school nurtures students to become continuous learners who are not afraid of challenges, are versatile, and will embrace new technological developments. The elementary program, exclusive to their Hakusan location, offers Project-based-learning, a student-centered, dynamic pedagogical approach that provides opportunities for students to acquire in-depth knowledge by actively exploring real-world challenges. Teachers facilitate learning and encourage exploration and discovery. As they learn through this innovative method, children develop key 21st-century skills.Address: 5-5-8 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo Website: mees.jp Email: [email protected]

Based in the heart of Tokyo, just a few minutes from Roppongi Hills, Blink is more than just workspace, meeting rooms and great coffee. Designed to spark collaboration and productivity, at Blink you can kick start your business and be part of a creative ecosystem, making it grow and embrace the community’s magnetic energy. With five floors of contemporary open plan workspace with hot desks, dedicated workstations, stylish private offices, fully equipped meeting rooms and lovely outdoor sun terrace, Blink is a great place where to spend your working days surrounded by dynamic start-ups and bold entrepreneurs. You can either take part in brainstorming or have some snacks (and delicious Brazilian food!) while chatting in the cafe lounge: you definitely won't be disappointed by Blink's thriving atmosphere. Address: 3-1-6 Blink Smart Workspace, Motoazabu, Minato-ku Website: www.blinkcommunity.com  Tel: +81 03 6455 5028

Shinagawa International School (SIS) is an IB PYP-accredited school situated within a walking distance to Shinagawa Seaside station. The school offers preschool classes (ages 3 and 4), primary school (K-G6), and middle school class G7 (2020-2021 Academic Year). Shinagawa International School is fortunate to have teachers and students from over 30 different nationalities which form a great mixture of different experiences and cultures and results in the formation of a multicultural and diverse learning community. SIS celebrates its diversity not only in regular class activities but also by hosting an International Children’s Festival every year. Teachers design learning activities that empower students’ academic achievement and personal passion for life-long learning. Social development is a high priority at SIS, and its mixed age group After-School Program activities promote interaction among children of different ages. All lessons, activities, and school events are designed based on students’ cultures, beliefs and backgrounds. SIS’s unique cultural features are respected and celebrated in order to encourage understanding and appreciation of diversity. The result is a challenging, non-discriminatory learning environment which is responsive to the needs of its learners. Additional Information Age: Ages 3-15 Area: Shinagawa (Tokyo) Number of Students: 160 (Sep 2020) Number of Teachers and Staff: 30+ Student Nationalities: 30+ Facilities: Early Learning Center (3-4 years old), Kindergarten, Primary / Middle School Classes, Music Room, Art Room, Library, Gym Address: 4-8-8 Higashishinagawa, Shinagawa, Tokyo 140-0002 Tel: +81-(0)3-6433-1531 / Fax:+81-(0)3-6433-1532 Website: sistokyo.jp Twitter: @shinagawaIS Facebook: Shinagawa International School – Tokyo

One of the best things about visiting Nara Prefecture is enjoying its abundance of scenic nature. The Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range were registered as World Heritage Sites in July 2004 and straddle the three prefectures of Nara, Wakayama and Mie. Among them, Nara Prefecture holds the sacred sites of Yoshino and Omine, and pilgrimage routes of Omine Okugakemichi Route including Tamaki Shrine, and the Kumano Sankeimichi Kohechi Path. These paths contain some of Japan's oldest roads, taking you through sacred mountains and ancient forests. Before you go, read up about the different trails you can take and plan your route depending on your time restrictions. More information can be found here: https://www.visitnara.jp/world-heritage/ Nara Visitors Bureau Address: 3F Nara Visitor Center, Ikeno-cho, Nara city, Japan 630-8361 Website: nara-sightseeing.com  Email: [email protected]

Address: 3135-7 Koshimoda, Izu-shi, Shizuoka Website: toi-annai.com    Tel: 0558-98-1212

Seki has been a center of sword making since the Kamakura period (1185-1333), adapting those techniques to the making of knives, scissors, and more for the modern era. Visitors can witness sword forging on designated days at the Seki Traditional Swordsmith Museum or see real swordsmanship in action at Cutler Sanshu Seki Hamono Museum (reservations required, link below). Address: 950-1 Oze, Seki City, Gifu Prefecture Website: hamonoyasan.com    Tel: 0575-28-5147

Those looking to soak up the sun will be more than happy to know that Yokohama has plenty of green spaces to go around. Before winding down at the pub with a beer in hand, stroll around during the daytime and discover the beautiful parks scattered throughout the city, maybe even pack a picnic. Those dedicated to sticking to their fitness rituals can go for an early morning run and feel the cool breeze from the ocean. Website: yokohamajapan.com

If you're visiting Yokohama, you'll have a hard time choosing among the dozens of bars and pubs on offer. Affectionately nicknamed "craft beer town," the city is home to many of Kanagawa's best artisanal beers. The beautiful bottles make for a unique and well-appreciated souvenir. We recommend famous British pub Full Monty or warm and cozy brewery Umaya no Shokutaku if you're looking to wind down in a casual setting. Website: yokohamajapan.com

From Kintetsu-Nara Station, take a 15-minute stroll towards the famous Todaiji temple to say hello to the Great Buddha of Nara housed in the temple’s Daibutsuden hall. Both the statue and its home are noteworthy, being one of largest bronze statues of a Buddha in the world and largest wooden building in the world respectively. The Buddha, a representation of Vairocana, weighs about 500 tons and measures nearly 15 meters in height (close to 50 feet). How Much: Adults ¥600, elementary students ¥300 Address: 406-1 Zoushi-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture Website: www.todaiji.or.jp Tel: 0742-22-5511  

How Much: Free Address: 30 Noborioji-cho, Nara city, Nara Prefecture Website: nara-park.com/en/ Tel: 0742-22-0375

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  At Aoba-Japan International School (A-JIS) we develop global leaders capable of leading positive change in the world. With two campuses in Tokyo (one in Meguro and another in Hikarigaoka) A-JIS welcomes international students from their first days at school through their high school graduations and beyond. With support from our educational partners, we encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, innovation and social responsibility. As an International Baccalaureate (IBO) World School we successfully deliver the primary, middle and diploma programmes. We also offer the Global Leadership Diploma, which enables senior students to identify and pursue their interests while safeguarding their opportunities to enter universities worldwide. A-JIS also offers strong Japanese, Learning Needs and EAL programs. Our two fully equipped campuses and associated kindergartens located in central Tokyo welcome over 900 students from over 40 nationalities. Address: 7-5-1 Hikarigaoka, Nerima-ku (Hikarigaoka Campus) 2-11-5 Aobadai, Meguro-ku (Meguro Campus) Website: aobajapan.jp Tel: 03-4578-8832 (Hikarigaoka Campus) 03-4520-2313 (Meguro Campus)

Opened in October 2018, Share Green Minami Aoyama combines a co-working place, cafe, flower shop and grassy picnic spot. As you enter Share Green, you are met with pots full of dangling vines overhead. Large wooden lounging chairs are spread out in front of the "Symbolic Garden", a leafy area where you can sip on coffee at a table among the vines and array of small trees and plants. The cafe, called Little Darling, has a modern spacious design. Further down, you'll find Solso Park and All Good Flowers, both flower and plant-themed shops that offer an array of colorful flowers, flower arrangements, bonsai and other small trees and plants, as well as fruit-shaped sculptures and unusual flower pots.  Finally, nestled in the farthest place from the entrance, you'll find Lifork Minami Aoyama, a communal space which consists of a 160m2 seminar room and a 60m2 lounge. Share Green is the perfect place to cultivate creativity and a productive work style all the while enjoying and being inspired by nature. Address: 1-12-32 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku Website: share-green.com

One of the few ice skating rinks that's open year-round in Tokyo, this indoor, Olympic-sized rink is conveniently located near Sendagaya Station. It's used for ice hockey and figure skating, so the opening times are a bit limited: Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-5pm. Price: Adults ¥1,340 (¥1,030 after 3pm), junior high school students and younger ¥930 (¥720), rental skates ¥510 Address: 11-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku-ku Website: www.meijijingugaien.jp/english/ice-skating.html    Tel: 03-3403-3458

How much: Karaoke from ¥120 for 30 minutes; food from ¥500 Address: 5-1-6 Roppongi, Minato-ku Website: karaokekan.jp Tel: 03-5786-9400

Looking for someone to look after your pet family? Happy Wan Nyan is Japan’s first fully bilingual pet sitter and pet owner matching site. Sitters offer everything from dog walking, boarding, pet sitting and daycare services. Our 24-hour customer support and secure online payment makes finding a pet sitter easier than every before! Find your perfect sitter today at HappyWanNyan.com! Want to become a sitter? Sign up or call us at 03-5547-4967 for more information. Address: Deux Tours East #4408, 3-13-1 Harumi, Chuo-ku  Website: www.happywannyan.com    Tel: 03-5547-4967

Average Price: Lunch ¥3,000 Dinner ¥12,000 Address: 1-3-13 Chuocho, Meguro-ku Website: https://www.freddy-leck-sein-waschsalon.jp/waschsalontokyo Tel: 03-3723-6525

Address: 2-28-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku Website: http://hanayashiki.net/e/ Tel: 03-3842-8780