Introducing Emily

So I know I haven't updated you guys on my new baby... yet!

I would like to introduce Emily! She was born seven weeks ago today after a 3-day labor, arriving a total of 11 days late.

on - February 17, 2017
at - 6:07am
weighing - 3462g
measuring - 48cm

Aiden has japanese kanji characters for his name えいでん = 永典
And we decided to do the same for Emily えみり = 永美莉

Aiden`s japanese characters mean `eternal, celebration`and Emily`s mean `eternal, beautiful, jasmine flower`

Here is a picture of her (right) next to Aiden on the left!

So far, she and Aiden are VERY similar, not only the way they look, but their expressions and personalities too. For now, Emily is not a great sleeper, but I am hoping that will change soon!!

Fran xx

Supermarkets in Japan

Visiting a supermarket when you are in a foreign country can be  a lot of fun. Similarities, differences, oddities... and picking up a few items as souvenirs, it is a great way to spend an hour on a rainy day during your travels.

Japanese supermarkets (スーパーマーケット) are no exception. Coming from New Zealand, I can say the biggest differences for me are the sizes, of the supermarket itself, as well as the products for sale. Many kiwis (New Zealanders) shop for a week`s worth of food and supplies at a time, so the large shopping carts, huge loaves of bread, big plastic bottles of milk and liters of ice-cream are commonplace.

I have noticed that a lot of housewives in Japan shop for the day (or a few days at the most) when they visit the supermarket. Many don`t even push a cart, but carry a basket as they get fresh vegetables and fish for the night`s meal.

According to the world wide web, the large supermarket chains in Japan (with the highest annual sales) are...
- AEON supermarket
- Seven and …

Check out Fran-Japani on Odigo

To help spread my experiences, knowledge and love of Japan to others,  I have republished some of my blog posts on Odigo (a new website to inform travelers to Japan about all the great things to see and do here).

So far, here are the links to the posts I have uploaded...

Namba Parks shopping mall (visiting with kids)

Qs Mall Morinomiya (visiting with kids)

Being pregnant in Japan

Packing your maternity hospital bag in Japan

Maternity wear in Osaka Japan

What kids need for preschool/kindergarten in Japan

All about Expo City 

Shopping for international brands in Osaka

Smoothie wax bar in Osaka

World Ranch in Osaka

Kaiyukan in Osaka

Kidzania in Osaka

If you'd like to view the website and read other articles about Japan, click here, and if you'd like to sign up to write your own posts, click here.

Experience Japan with Odigo

What is Odigo? Odigo is a platform that lets you plan and share your trips in Japan, empowered by a community of passionate locals. Here you can Make informed decisions on where you want to go based on recommendations from local experts.Create your own customized trips and itineraries, complete with insights, all essential information on a location, and directions, which you can use on the go or download to any of your devicesShare your trips and travel experiences with your friends, family and other travelers Our Story Odigo’s founder Takamasa Kawasaki chose a diverse, international team to create our Japan travel solution. Each team member brings deep knowledge, expertise and talents to the table needed to build a one of a kind product that is easy and fun to use. We are all driven by a common passion for traveling and a love of Japan. We believe Odigo’s strength and uniqueness lies in our commitment to providing our users with beautiful, innovative design, advanced technology, and a…

Expo City Osaka (Expo `70 Commemorative Park)

LALAPORT - perhaps the biggest drawcard to Expo City is the enormous shopping mall. As stated on the website (here); Steeped in the spirit of Expo ’70, LaLaport EXPOCITY promises fun for everyone all day long, with attractions ranging from trendsetting global brands and exciting “accessible luxury” brands through leading select boutiques, sports and outdoor-living stores, to health and beauty salons, fashions for babies, children and youth, daily goods and services.Lalaport is home to hundreds (over 300) of stores including internationally known brands like Zara, G Star Raw, Diesel as well as Japanese brands, restaurants, a food court, a huge pet store and MORE!

NIFREL - The first facility produced by KAIYUKAN (Osaka famous aquarium), this is a one-of-a-kind attraction that allows visitors to experience the beauty and wonder of living creatures.
Based on the concept of connecting through the senses and featuring various artistic elements, this facility brings to life the wonder of livi…

Morinomiya Qs Mall Osaka

Morinomiya Qs Mall is a large shopping mall located next to Osaka Castle Park. It boasts wide open spaces and healthy options for eating and shopping as well as a fitness gym and a rooftop walking/running track. It is often crowded with mums and their kids, as well as tourists taking a break from the nearby castle and museums.

Mall Hours Q's MALL:  10:00am-9:00pm2F/Q's kitchen Food Court:  10:00am-9:00pmHealth Aid AIR TRACK:  Weekday/Saturday 9:00am-11:30pm Sunday/Holiday 9:00am-8:30pmCENTRAL SQUARE Supermarket:  9:30am-12:00pmEDION Electronics retailer:  10:00am-8:00pmParking
There are two car parking areas (east and west) for your convenience, as well as bicycle and motorcycle parking available. Discounts are credited to your parking ticket by presenting it to the cashier when you pay for goods/services within the mall.

Customers with children
There is a nursing room available on the first floor (near the supermarket).
There are diaper changing tables available in each of the rest…

GAP Japan now has maternity clothing

I received a typical marketing email from GAP Japan today and almost deleted it, then noticed the マタニティ word in the title! "Maternity"! 
Besides H and M, and a few other options (which I've written about previously here), there aren't a lot of choices for simple, flattering maternity clothing available in Japan.

So this is exciting!

GAP's maternity range includes tops, tanks, shirts, pants, jeans and more. There are pants/trousers with elastic panels on the sides, some with elastic waistbands and others with bump coverage.

They also have a range of active wear!
Prices seem reasonable and comparable to GAP's non maternity range.

Shipping within Japan is free if you spend over 6,000yen, and if you sign up to their newsletters, you'll hear about sales (which seem to be very frequent).

For now it looks like the maternity clothing line is limited to online shoppers, and you can access the page here.

Happy shopping!
Fran xx