Tag: something different

Totoro at Kurosuke House in Sayama hills tokorozawa

Visiting Totoro at the house of Kurosuke | TOKOROZAWA

Seen as today is the 10 year anniversary of Saitama With Kids, I wanted to get at least one post out of the dozens of unpublished drafts! Visiting Kurosuke’s House in the Totoro Forests was one of our favourite days out so far this year (2018). I previously wrote how we visited the Totoro Forests when the Totoro house was […]

Perfect for the rainy season; baths and play area in You Park | OGOSE

Like so many places in Japan, You Park Ogose goes by many names, “Little Indian Village”, “Ogose Fureai Center” and “Yu Park” (or Yuu Park) have been the most commonly used over the years. However, with the renewal open in April, they have cleverly chosen to go with just one; a pun on Yuu (for hot water), You Park Ogose […]

Cafe Pruisto

New quirky and trendy cafe “Puisto” in Moomin Valley | HANNO

Cafe Puisto in Tove Jansson’s Akebono Children’s Forest Park, aka Moomin Valley, which will continue to be the free part of the Metsa Moomin Theme Park opening sometime in the near future… Once upon a time there was a untainted secret children’s forest in the lush hills of Hanno. Some bloggers, myself included, tried to unveil its charms to whomever […]

Fukaya Flower Festival and Open Garden | FUKAYA

The Fukaya flower has been running for fifteen years. The flower and open garden festival is held in many different locations throughout Fukaya and each location has different events planned. Some of the locations include Fukaya Garden City, Fukaya Joshi Park and Fukaya flower road to name but a few. Fukaya Flower Festival events There are lots of craft and […]

Environmental School and Storyteller Museum, Santome Part 3 | MIYOSHI

This is the third part of a four part series about the rather unusual and entertaining Santome Village (Santome Community) in Miyoshi Town, Saitama. In this segment, I introduce the Kunogi no Mori Environmental School and what Ishizaka has called an “Amusement House” in English, but it translates more accurately as a storyteller museum. The latter is covered by the […]

Upcycled art at Ishizaka educational factory tour

Ishizaka Environmental and Educational Plant tour, Santome PART 2 | MIYOSHI

Santome Group Environmental and Educational Factory Tour (Plant tour) After 8.5 years of touring the many attractions of Saitama prefecture, it is always refreshing to find something different that engages all the family. I previously wrote how the Santome village was our favourite find of 2017 for just that reason. And so far, for 2018 our best experience to date […]

Something different in Saitama

Something different in Saitama: Santome PART 1 | MIYOSHI

Something different in Saitama – We had so many adventures in 2017 and enjoyed each in different ways. However, in terms of new locations for families in the Saitama area, both my husband and I have Santome high on our list of favourites for 2017. Santome has actually been in existence for ten years, but the current set-up with the […]

Surprisingly interesting School Lunch History Hall | KITAMOTO

School Lunch Japan – The School Lunch History Hall in Kitamoto although small is a surprisingly interesting history hall chronicling the evolution of school lunch in Japan. The building is just one floor, which only requires about half an hour to visit for an adult. With children you could spend about an hour if you chose to watch one of […]

Su Lab, the Kendama Cafe and Shop | KAWAGOE

I was ecstatic in the fleeting belief that I had made a really special new “find” today. My bubble was soon burst, when a quick search revealed that it wasn’t as much a new find rather than the good fortune to stumble upon a well established and celebrated speciality café. But while I may not be “breaking news” it still is […]

New Year Races Japan

New Year Races – Boats, Bikes and Horses | SAITAMA CITY & TODA

New Year Races – It is very common in my homeland of Ireland, for people to attend horse races during the winter holidays. Around where I lived it is the Leopardstown Races on St Stephen’s Day. Here in Japan, Christmas is not a main event, but New Years is like our Christmas. So when I saw an advert for horse races […]