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

2024 Information for the annual “enmusubi” wind chimes and glistening river at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine. This year is the ten year anniversary of the famous wind chimes. Please note: due to several incidences in 2024, tripods and other camera equipment (step ladders etc) are no longer permitted. Also, the shrineRead More →

The 2021 stunning Japanese Rice Paddy Art in Gyoda, Saitama

‘Tanbo’ Art – art made from rice in a ‘tanbo’, the Japanese for rice paddy. A must see in summer / early Autumn in Saitama. Moreover, since 2023, they turn the rice field into three dimensional art once the image starts to fade. Thus, you can see the art forRead More →

Kawagoe Aqua Park Kawagoe Aquatic Park Saitama Pools summer pools

Kawagoe Aquatic / Aqua Park aka Kawagoe Suijo Kouen, or Kawagoe Water Park, is one of the bigger and most popular summer pools in Saitama. In 2022, Walker listed it as the 5th most popular aqua park in all of Japan. In addition, now that several pools have closed permanently,Read More →

Kumagaya Uchiwa festival

Kumagaya Uchiwa Festival is one of the Kanto (aka Greater Tokyo) area’s largest summer festivals. Uchiwa means fan, as in a hand held fan used to cool down in the summer. Therefore, sometimes people call the festival Kumagaya Fan Festival in English. It is open to the public from July 20thRead More →

things to do in Tsurugashima City Saitama Prefecture, the home of Suneori Amagoi

The award winning, intangible asset, Suneori Amagoi 脚折雨乞 Rain Praying Festival in Tsurugashima City in the Western area of Saitama within commutable distance of Tokyo. Suneori Amagoi The Suneori Amagoi Rain Praying Festival, which started in 1781, holds a number of cultural and festival accolades. The awards include the prestigiousRead More →