February was particularly dismal this year and rain is forecast for most of this first week of March, but by the end of this month these barren trees will be dressed in their finest spring wear. We will have one of many “hanami” under these spreading Cherry Blossom trees.  UntilRead More →

100 caves of Yoshimi, luminous moss and a world war II factory site: a country designated historical site home to a national natural treasure. And home to Koropokkuru. One of our first adventures this year (2015), brought us to the hundred caves of Yoshimi, a country designated historical site. ItRead More →

Post 5 in a series of posts of where you can see hina matsuri, dolls festival, doll displays in Japan. For visitors to Japan during February and early March, don’t worry if you did not get a chance to view traditional hina dolls during your travels, as you can also seeRead More →

Konosu dolls' festival

Dolls festival – Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a short bullet train (shinkansen) ride from Tokyo. The dolls are displayed in the mall at the station. Dolls festival The doll festival is celebrated on March 3rd, annually, for girl’s dayRead More →

New Ice cream shop and gelato shop at Enomoto Farm Ageo

New Gelato shop at Enomoto Farm on popular cycle course. Enomoto Farm Enomoto Farm in Ageo is frequently mentioned in guide books to Saitama with small children, due to the selection of bikes and push along toys kids can play with for free.  In more recent years, it also features inRead More →