Category Archives: Seasonal

Saitama Fruit. Grape picking in Sayama

Sayama Grape season starts next week opens this week (August 7th 2016), through to the middle of September. However, you can currently only buy directly from the vineyards and the picking season is a few weeks away yet.

Grape Picking Season General Information

Updated costs for 2016 are not yet available.

Adults: 600 yen

Primary school children: 500 yen

Kindergarten school children: 400 yen

Toddlers: 200 yen

It is a eat as you pick system, but you can pay extra to buy the grapes you pick to bring them home

There are five vineyards in Sayama that I am aware of, all in the vicinity of the Iriso station in Sayama, three of them are outlined below.

宮岡ぶどう園, Miyaoka Vineyard

Address: 1058 North Iriso, Phone: 04-2959-4949 URL: http://www.at-ml.jp/?in=59281/

Opening: 2016 August 7th until early October Hours: 9am to 6pm Closed Wednesdays

Access: 10 minute walk from the East exit of Iriso station on the Seibu Line

 

宮信観光ぶどう園, Miyashin Vineyard

RESERVATION REQUIRED

Telephone: 04-2959-4059, Website: http://www.miyashin.com/ (Japanese only)

Open:  You can buy from August 11th (2016), but picking season isn’t until September 1st. Closes on Mondays  Hours: 9am – 6pm, picking until 5pm

Access:  15 minute walk from Musashi Fujisawa Station on the Seibu Line, 18 minute walk from the West exit of Iriso station

This farm also offers Kiwi Fruit Picking.  2016 the season will start the same as the regular grapes on August 11th. You can pick large type grapes from September 1st.

宮俊ぶどう園, Miyatoshi Vineyard

Telephone: 04-2959-3651, Websitehttp://ktmhp.com/hp/budouen/1  (Japanese only)

Open:  2016 August 10th  Hours: 9am – 5pm

Access:  13 minute walk from Iriso station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line

Halloween parades in Japan

As Halloween has its origin in my home country, I have observed Halloween in Japan with interest! They don’t celebrate it like at home: there is no trick or treating or halloween night bonfires; but they do mark the event and celebrate it in different ways.

This year, for the first time since I came in 2000, I went to a Halloween Parade.  There were a number of parades over the weekend past, 25th & 26th October, but we met new friends at the one in Kawasaki.  Kawasaki is a city on the Tokyo side of Kanagawa, a 10 minute train ride from Tokyo JR’s Shinagawa train station.

The parade started at 2.30pm and supposedly had around 3,000 participants.  There were a lot of witches and pumpkin girls, but what’s halloween without them!   If you are looking for a Halloween costume idea for this Friday, you might be inspired by some of the below!:

For more on halloween in Japan:
Halloween goods at Daiso 100 yen store
Halloween winding down in Japan
For more Halloween costume ideas please see my post
September Scarecrow Showcase

Movie characters Halloween costumes

Japanese Jack Sparrow look-a-like

Japanese Jack Sparrow
Japanese Jack Sparrow

Battle Royale costume

Japanese Harry Potter

Dream girls:

Japanese 'Dream Girls'
Japanese

Trekkies?:

Clone Troopers from Star Wars

No parade in Japan would be complete without some Disney and Anime characters:

The Genie from Aladdin

Pokemon character? And Snow White one

Snow white two

Peter Pan
Peter Pan

Scary

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!

Some good ghosts

Original

Russian Nesting Dolls
Russian Nesting Dolls

 

Pumpkin Themed Halloween Costumes

Baby Pumpkin!
Baby Pumpkin!

Pumpkin Girls
Pumpkin Girls

Sexy pumpkin girls

Pumpkins

All photos taken at the Kawasaki Halloween Parade 2008