Hanyu mascot setsubun

Hanyu, Mascot Setsubun – a setsubun celebration where mascots throw the beans instead of demons or honored guests. Mascot Setsubun I love finding events like this setsubun with a twist in Hanyu. In most setsubun bean throwing ceremonies around Japan, either honored guests and / or demons throw the beansRead More →

A Hina doll in bamboo in a flower pot in Kakyu no Sato but the photo was also used for the Iwatsuki Dolls Festival feature photo

Iwatsuki Dolls Festival – Iwatsuki is a very famous “Hina”, traditional Japanese doll, town often referred to as the “city of dolls”. Iwatsuki have been making dolls since the 17th century. Moreover, Iwatsuki Doll making was awarded the prestigious Traditional Craft Product designation by both the prefecture and the country. Until 2020 the city has two doll museums;Read 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 →