Dangerous Japanese Escalators

It wasn’t long ago that elevators in Japan were hit by all manner of scandals, whether it was substandard steel, entrapment or even crushing, it was the “cool” thing in the news at the time. Everything has its turn on Japanese news. They even play scary music during the news reports to heighten the danger. The topic usually changes each month when it loses its entertainment value, but we’ve had foreign crime, food […]

Dancing Shoes and Shadow Puppetry

If you saw the video of me ballroom dancing with our 3-month old baby, Rikuto, then you’ll know that once he’s able to stand I’ll be splashing out on these awesome parent and child dance shoes from Sala Shop.  I originally came across the shoes picture on Molly McGinn’s I am Kindermusik blog. Molly has a lot of great finds from around the net including this wonderful video of shadow puppetry which […]

Japanese Kids Shoes

Most of my students are elementary school kids, and I’ve recently noticed so many of them wearing the same kind of shoes, that I just had to take a picture. I can only assume that this is the latest craze sweeping the nation. I doubt they’ll take the world by storm like Pokemon did, but still I can’t imagine any kid wanting any other shoes. I mean, if they did, […]