Sumiyoshi Sakura No sato 2020

Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato is a riverside embankment walk in Sakado City, Saitama, about an hour from Tokyo. Along the embankment there are early blooming cherry blossoms called Kawazuzakura. Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato The 150 Kawazuzakura, a type of early blooming cherry blossom, at Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato were plantedRead More →

pancake tuesday 2020

Pancakes are now a popular treat in Japan. Some even eat them for breakfast and it is very common to find them on a breakfast buffet menu. They are also popular for lunch and / or as a dessert. Many restaurants have pancakes on their menu and there are specialtyRead More →

A summary of events on in Saitama from February 8th to 11th. All of these (and more) are on the events calendar, but when I post information for an event on the events calendar unfortunately it doesn’t get sent out to subscribers the way a new post does. To bridgeRead More →

setsubun saitama

Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a religious ceremony practiced every year on February 3rd. Historically setsubun, which literally means seasonal division, was a four day period marking the changing of the seasons. Risshun is February 4th and is the first day of spring and historically the start of a new year.Read More →

Fishing with kids Kawajima town Saitama Japan

Fishing with kids – I’ll be perfectly honest; fishing is not my thing. But my kids love it. Normally my husband brings them, but I have been with them a couple of times. Including their last visit a couple of weeks ago. The kids were inched into a love ofRead More →

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed Gyoda

Railway Carriage Restaurant Mustard Seed, Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture. I didn’t have an opinion on trains one way or another until I came to Japan. But, as happens to so many after spending sometime in Japan, I jumped on the train-loving-train and never got off! I have a fascination withRead More →

Life in Saitama

Life in Saitama: A week in photos. January 2020 week three – January 11th to 17th. 1000 hours outside update We are into the third week of January 2020. And the third week of the 1000 hours outside challenge. Our pace for spending hours in the great outdoors has slowedRead More →

Geocaching Saitama Japan

Geocaching Saitama. Sakitama Kofun Park has several caches to discover. The majority of them are relatively easy to find and within 200 meters of the main entrance. A great beginners site in Saitama for geocaching. Read More →

Happiness is... 1000 hours outside!

Fridays are my days of blogging. As opposed to information sharing and place reviews. Earlier this week I was clued into the “1000 hours outside” challenge by Pandora Island a friend and fellow Irish woman living in Japan. Our #1000hoursoutside challenge review will fit in nicely with “photo Friday” forRead More →

What to expect at a “dezome shiki” – an unique to Japan New Year Firefighters celebration with several elements including parades, demonstrations and traditional performances. Read More →