英文版 日本子育て便利帳 - Japan for Kids (英語) ペーパーバック – 2000/4
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Every year, thousands of families visit or relocate to Japan. Fourteen years ago, Jeanne Huey and Diane Wiltshire made the crossing. Five children and six years later they wrote the first complete guide to entertaining and raising children in this fascinating but often baffling land. Now, eight years on they offer a fully updated version, with hundreds of new additions on:
o AMUSEMENTS festivals, theme parks, cultural centers, zoos, aquariums
o OUTINGS museums, beaches, parks, playgrounds, gardens
o TRAVEL TIPS moving, coping with jet lag, getting around town, day trips
o SHOPPING where to buy anything, from food to fashions to futons
o HEALTH CARE dentists and doctors, pregnancy and childbirth, medical emergencies
o EDUCATION daycare, international schools, the Japanese system, bilingualism
o ACTIVITIES talent agencies, sports, Japanese traditions, and extracurricular classes
? MAIL ORDER listings, catalogs, and the Internet...and much, much more
Compact yet bulging with priceless information and hundreds of tips, the new Japan for Kids is essential reading for families heading for or living in this part of the Far East. From planetariums to petting zoos, educational materials to interactive museums, this handy reference book remains indispensable-a guide that no parent can go without.
However, some of the items were already outdated then, so I suggest you call to confirm exhibits and such. Also, the latest fun place to hang out, Odaiba, is not in the book at all. I really recommend the Sony and Panasonic Exhibits in Odaiba, as well as the Mori Future Science Museam. I wish they would update the book, so I can buy an updated copy!
Diane writes very positively. In spite of lack in total coverage of the whole country, this book makes Japan more attractive to people who would be overwhelmed otherwise by the exotic nature of Japan, a country where very few people are capable of communicating on even the simplest level in English (unlike Singapore, Hong Kong, Sweden, Holland, India, etc.) The book is too short to address every nook and cranny of an endless topic, but it is a darn good start in the right direction and the only book of it's kind. Supplemented by the Japan Health Handbook, long term visitors have a good set of tools for tackling the job of living here with limited or no Japanese language ability. There are several chapters dealing with general information applicable to living in most urban areas of Japan. She has also included a lot of web site URLs in this second edition which make more detailed information on a local basis available. This book is not the definitive resource, nor was it meant to be at only 320 pages, but it is an excellant place to get started in the exploration of a potential lifetime experience.
For a family travelling as tourists to Japan this book is also immensely useful coupled with the Lonely Planet Guide and universally helpful hotel concierges (even when their English is sometimes lacking). Even if this book only manages to impart to the reader the "flavor" of this country, the multitude of things that appear similar on the surface but are actually quite different, then the reader has acquired that much more data with which to navigate. It may be best to see this book as a good reference book which will lead to other places for more detailed information once arrived in Japan.
The worst is when you take your children on an outing - travel on trains, buses, etc. and finally arrive at the location only to find that nobody (including the police) has even heard of the place you are looking for!
It happened to us every time! (Should have learned, but this was the only book that we had.) I would like to return the book and get my money and travel fees back.