Ryusenji lanterns

Ryusenji / Ryusen Temple is the undisputed home of papercut ‘Goshuin’. A ‘Goshuin’ is a stamp or seal that you can receive for a fee at temples and shrines in Japan. What makes Ryusen-ji’s so special is that they are intricately cut from paper, like a stencil. Ryusenji was theRead More →

Tutankhamen exhibition at the Grand Gallery of Kadokawa Culture Museum, Saitama Prefecture

Information for the next exhibition, Unveiling Tutankhamen: The Pharaoh’s Timeless Adolescence, at the grand gallery of the Kadokawa Musashino Museum. Kadokawa Musashino Museum is also known as Kadokawa Culture Museum or Kadcul for short. The grand gallery is on the 1st (ground) floor of the Kadokawa Culture Museum in TokorozawaRead More →

Cover photo with wind chimes for the 2022 information about the enmusubi wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine e

2023 Information for the annual wind chimes and glistening river at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. The Enmusubi Wind Chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine are generally displayed from the first weekend of July to the first week in September. They follow the lesser known pinwheel event. They have confirmed the dates forRead More →

Adachi Shrine in the hydrangea town of Nishi Ward

In the Western area of Nishi Ward, aka the hydrangea town, Saitama City there are dozens of hydrangea spots. According to this article I found tonight the residents of Nishi Ward elected the hydrangea as the ward flower in 2011. Reportedly since then they have promoting hydrangea in the ward.Read More →

Wild firefly viewing Japan

Tips for wild firefly viewing and a convenient location for an evening of fireflies in Saitama Prefecture. Wild Firefly Viewing There are two main ways to view fireflies in Japan. One, is to go to a firefly house, of which there are a dime a dozen in Japan. During theRead More →

Terasaka Rice Terrace candle night and firefly viewing

I am delighted to announce that, for the first time in four years, the Terasaka Rice Terraces will have a firefly and candle night… Terasaka Rice Terraces, Chichibu District, Saitama The Terasaka rice terraces are one of the largest rice terrace in Saitama Prefecture, boasting an area of approximately 52,000Read More →

Teru Teru Bozu Saitama City June 2023

Colorful, cute little teru teru bozu displayed for the rainy season in Saitama prefecture. Since around Autumn of 2022, Aobaen Cemetery in Saitama City, have a permanent wooden trellis in front of their three tiered pagoda. Each month they create a tunnel of color with something different! They have sevenRead More →