Category: Spring Festivals

Easy Hina Matsuri Origami Dolls

This is a really easy origami craft that preschoolers and origami beginners can enjoy. All you need is the free A4 printables available on HappyLilac.net.  You don’t need to be able to read Japanese. The blue Dairi-sama printable can be found here. The pink Hina-sama printable can be found here.  My 4 year old was able to complete his origami dolls without […]

Hina Matsuri Paper Cup Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hina Matsuri is the Doll’s festival celebrated annually for Girl’s Day on March the 3rd in Japan. Families display their Imperial dolls on tiered platforms or in a case from early February until Girl’s Day. Superstition has it, the longer the dolls are displayed past girl’s day, the longer it will take daughters to marry. You can find out more […]

Setsubun; Chasing the demon away

It sounds like a metaphor for exorcism, but this is just another fun custom in Japan, carried out on February 3rd annually. Today, is Setsubun, the day before Spring starts and in some ways a type of New Year in Japan. For Setsubun, households use the ritual of Mamemaki, bean throwing, to rid the house of evil and allow luck in […]

Cherry Blossoms at Chikozan Park Children’s Zoo | SAYAMA

Chikozan Park in Sayama is a nice place for a family day out with toddlers. It has a small zoo, with the unique feature of fodder dispensing vending machines (pictured above). It has a lovely walkway through a wooded marsh. There are gardens beside a large open space. There are two playgrounds within the woods; an adventure playground and a general […]

Hanami with toddlers, Maruyama Park, Ageo

Hanami with toddlers – Our cherry blossom viewing in Western Saitama continues.  Maruyama Park is a great park to view cherry blossoms with children.    It is one of many parks in Saitama that has various different things to do and/or see.  Walker magazine listed Maruyama Park in Ageo, Saitama, in its top three parks to visit as a family in Tokyo and the […]

Hanami spot with toddlers; Enomoto Farm, Ageo

Another favourite spot for cherry blossom viewing in Western Saitama, with small children, is Enomoto Farm in Ageo City. The majority of the cherry blossoms are at the back of the farm, past the BBQ area, but with young toddlers the best place to enjoy the blossoms is in the main courtyard. The main courtyard, at the front of the […]

Cherry Blossoms at Kitamoto Children’s Park | KITAMOTO

Cherry Blossom Viewing with kids – Cherry blossom viewing, or hanami in Japanese, is one of the highlights of Spring in Japan. There are some wonderful places to view cherry blossoms throughout Japan, but when you have children it is nice to visit a family orientated location. Kitamoto Children’s park in Saitama is just that. Kitamoto Children’s park is only 70 minutes […]