Author: Naoko Takano

  • WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day: Polyglots Team

    WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day: Polyglots Team

    At WordCamp Europe 2019 in Berlin, I had a very productive and fun Contributor Day with polyglots team contributors.

  • “Kodomo no Yu” Sentō-themed Ball Pit at Tokyo Skytree

    “Kodomo no Yu” Sentō-themed Ball Pit at Tokyo Skytree

    Yesterday, we met a friend of mine and her family at Skytree Soramachi and spent the morning at Kodomo no Yu (こどもの湯) play area. It’s an indoor ball pit that looks like a sentō, Japanese-style bathhouse. My 4-and-half-year old daughter jumped right into the pool of balls and even made a new friend. Her younger […]

  • Comparing 4 PDF Text-To-Speech iOS Apps: Voice Dream Reader, Capti Voice, NaturalReader, and vBookz PDF

    Comparing 4 PDF Text-To-Speech iOS Apps: Voice Dream Reader, Capti Voice, NaturalReader, and vBookz PDF

    Lately, I’ve been really into listening to as much content as possible. In addition to podcasts, web pages, and audiobooks, I started listening to PDF documents these days. iOS native text-to-speech (TTS) feature is fine for short text but isn’t great for PDFs. So I started searching for an app that suits my need. Trying […]

  • A Day in Ueno Zoo & Children’s Library

    A Day in Ueno Zoo & Children’s Library

    It was a sunny Saturday yesterday and we went to the Zoo & the International Museum of Children’s Literature in the Ueno Park area.At the Zoo, Lisa and her friend Hayato enjoyed a monorail ride as well as watching elephants and monkeys. We had lunch at Park Side Cafe, then walked to The International Library […]

  • Sagamiko, June 2017

    Sagamiko, June 2017

    Last weekend, we went to the Sagamiko (Lake Sagami) area in Kanagawa prefecture with my friend’s family and some of her coworkers. We stayed overnight at Sagamiko Pleasure Forest, where an amusement park, campground, and hot spring are all on one site. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Naoko Takano (@naokomc) Since Lisa is […]

  • Kamakura, May 2017

    Kamakura, May 2017

    We took a day trip to Kamakura, which is a town in Kanagawa prefecture 1-hour train ride away from Tokyo Station. First, we arrived at Kamakura Station around 11:10 and had lunch before it gets crowded. ROOFTOPS near the station was a hit (though you need to be prepared to get really messy!). Then, we strolled Komachi […]