Milking cows

Milking cows at Saitama Children’s Zoo I love the Saitama Children’s Zoo, so much so we go weekly Autumn through Spring. Summer is too hot. The weather has finally cooled down this week, so we made our first visit of Autumn. There is so much to do at the SaitamaRead More →

Every September in the City of Kazo there is a fire walking ceremony, 柴燈護摩火渡り式, steeped in ritual and history. It is held at Sougan-ji Temple in Kazo City. It is a public and free event. This year, 2013, it will be held on September 28th from 1 pm. Address: Sougan-jiRead More →

Coming up in Saitama… The Keyaki Hiroba is hosting one of its annual beer festivals. It opens on the 2nd of October at 11am. Wednesday through Friday it is open until 9pm, Saturday till 10pm and on the last day, October 6th it closes at 7pm.  Access to the Hiroba is free, you can purchaseRead More →

Scarecrows in Japan – Every September, for as long as I’ve been living in Saitama (7 years), the rice fields behind the Kawagoe Toys-r-us on Route 254, have a fine display of scarecrows. This is the first year I’ve managed to do more than view from a distance and droveRead More →

Moomin Valley – Nicknamed “Moomin House” the quirky building pictured is one of three buildings (and a cafe added in 2018) in this free, unique and imaginative theme park for children in Hanno City; Tove Jansson Akebono Children’s Forest Park. Once you leave your shoes at the door (which we didn’t on ourRead More →

Saitama Children's zoo Saitama children's Animal Nature Park

The Saitama Children’s Zoo is called the Saitama Children’s Animal Nature Park in Japanese. The zoo is in Takasaka, Higashimatsuyama on the Tobu Tojo line from Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It is fantastic value for money, but furthermore it is one of the best days out for children in Saitama prefecture. ItRead More →