Wintersweet at Shinrin park January in Japan used as the feature photo for 10 places to see wintersweet in Saitama Prefecture

In the last week, several places around Saitama Prefecture have reported that their wintersweet have started to bloom, a little earlier than the average year. By the first week of January, we should be able to see and smell wintersweet, but they will probably come into their prime around midRead More →

Saitama's latest large scale night illumination. Valley of Light, Chichibu Illumination, Shibazakura moss phlox illumination

Valley of Light is Saitama Prefecture’s brand new illumination display. Every year when I’m writing up the “ten places to see illumination” in Saitama, I’ve always thought one thing Chichibu is missing is a large scale illumination display. They do have icicle light up in January and February, but onlyRead More →