An "oni" demon scarecrow in the Fukuda Area of Kawagoe City, Saitama, Japan

The Fukuda area of Kawagoe is the main home of the Kawagoe Satoyama Initiative. As part of the initiative they have several seasonal events in the area. Most of which are free. I wrote about the Strawberry Candle and Lotus grass before, but I didn’t get around to writing (inRead More →

Christmas market flyer tokorozawa sakura town 2021

Information for the Christmas events at Tokorozawa Sakura Town in 2021. “Christmas hikari no market” on Christmas weekend. It is called “market”, but its not a typical Christmas market. More a series of events, with some food. Christmas at Tokorozawa Sakura Town Tokorozawa Sakura town, Saitama’s coolest entertainment village, releasedRead More →

Moominvalley Night walk light up event 2022

The 2022 winter event at Moominvalley Park (in Metsa, Hanno, Saitama Prefecture) is called Moomin Valley Night Walk, “Illu-mori-no-oto” . The ‘illu’ is short for illumination, ‘mori’ means forest and ‘oto’ means sound. The ‘no’ marks possession, so in English it might be translated as the ‘sound of the illuminatedRead More →

A photo of blurred lights for the 2022 - 2023 Kawaguchi Illumination display event

Kawaguchi Illumination かわぐち光のファンタジー 2022 / 2023. Kawaguchi city are planning their annual illumination again for the 2022 / 2023 winter season. On the first night of the event they will have a switch on event, which in 2022 is Friday December 2nd. On that night the illumination is turned on,Read More →

Capybara Onsen at Saitama Children's zoo aka Saitama Children's Animal Nature Park

The Capybara Onsen, aka hot spring, is one of the (thee?) most popular annual events at the Saitama Children’s Zoo. Indeed the love of the Capybara Onsen in general is a phenomenon hard to explain – you just have to go and see for yourself. I guarantee you, even theRead More →

Bell of hope at marigold hill Honjo City Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo near bullet train waseda

Marigolds, night illumination, Moss phlox, sunflowers and other seasonal blooms at the scenic Marigold Hill in Honjo City, Northern Saitama. Marigold Hill (no Oka) Marigold no Oka, aka Marigold Hill, is a small park in Honjo City. Like really small. You can walk around the circumference of the park inRead More →

Gyoda Hachiman SHrine

Gyoda’s “Hanachozu week” starts again tomorrow. And you cannot visit Gyoda’s hanachozu (floral font / floating flowers) without visiting Gyoda Hachiman Shrine. Not only is the shrine one of Saitama’s most prominent, it is home to the piece de resistance of the monthly hanachozu week in Gyoda. Moreover, it isRead More →