Happy New Year 2017
I wish you all a very Blessed and Happy 2017.
The blog and I! Updated in 2017.
A foreign wife to a Japanese man, living in rural Japan. An outdoor loving, adventure seeking Stay-At-Home-Mother (and occasional WAHM!) to four beautiful children, aged between 2 and 7 years old.
insaitama.com is a not-for-profit blog, providing free information in English to people living in and/or travelling to Saitama. There are sponsored Google Adverts since 2016 and the Amazon Affiliate Program* was added on June 9th 2017. However, they do not “make” money, but contribute (marginally) to the costs of self-hosting a blog.
*As of June 9th 2017, Insaitama.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.co.jp
In 2008 I decided I wanted to write about life in Saitama, so I started this blog as “Days of Our Lives Japan”. Yes, I know, I cringe at the name now too! I never really did do much with it until 2012. While on bed rest with my 3rd child, I decided I wanted to showcase all the wonderful play areas that are available in the prefecture of Saitama. That concept and desire have remained, but the blog and its name have continued to undergo changes (hopefully improvements!) over the years.
When I started this blog there was very little, almost zero, information in English about this prefecture, even though we are right beside Tokyo. However, there is a wealth of information in Japanese about all the incredible things families can do, see and experience in Saitama. One thing I really enjoy doing, no matter how busy I am, is finding new places and then visiting with my children. When I have time I then showcase them here. I want to share the information so that other English-speaking parents know more about the vast and diverse range of play areas available in Saitama and its surrounding prefectures. I have been to over 400 play areas or tourist attractions in the last 7 years and there are still places to discover.
I started self hosting my blog in 2015 and it was an absolute disaster at first. I lost around 400 followers overnight due to technical glitches or more accurately my ineptitude, but the challenge paid off in the long run. Not literally unfortunately, I’ve a way to go there yet! My aim for 2017 and beyond is to improve and add to the information on this blog, so it will be equally useful to residents of Saitama as well as visitors to the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo Olympics 2020. * I have added Amazon Affiliates Program and Adsense in an attempt to cover the cost of self-hosting a blog. For each ad clicked I get a minimal fee (coins, not notes!). If you have any queries about living in or travelling to Saitama that you think I might be able to help with, or if there is a topic you would like to see covered on this blog, please do leave a comment below. Thank you.
Thanks for stopping by. All comments and feedback are always welcome. 🙂
UPDATED IN 2017