Hina no Sato Konosu

Hina no Sato is my personal favorite site of the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival. Moreover, it is home to the biggest AND smallest hina dolls in all of Japan. Something they don’t seem to advertise very well. I had no idea anyway that I would have the very great pleasureRead More →

Kawazuzakura at Cosmos Arena Fukiage Konosu

Information for early spring flowers and the 2024 Fukiage Poppy Festival at Cosmos Arena Fukiage. Which, as the name suggests, is best known for its cosmos. But they bloom in Autumn. This post focuses on a selection of the spring flowers you can see at the venue, including kawazu (earlyRead More →

jogenji Saitama city kawazu x weeping plum

The scene of kawazu cherry beside weeping plum blossoms, the two shades of pink side by side, is absolutely breathtaking. It was an absolute delight to find this kawazu cherry blossoms x weeping plum blossom spot in the heart of Saitama, thanks to a chance encounter while I was walkingRead More →

Mitsuzoin Temple Kawaguchi famous for its early blooming angyo cherry blossoms and setsubun festival in February

Close to Tokyo there is a beautiful temple famous for its early blooming, pink, “angyo” cherry blossoms. They are called Angyo after the name of the area these Saitama born cherry blossoms were cultivated. Although close to Tokyo as the crow flies, they are a little tricky to get to.Read More →

Setsubunso festival Ogano

Setsubunso is in the winter aconite family, an Eranthis plant. But unlike most other winter aconite that have yellow flowers, the Japanese species is a white flower. A beautiful delicate white flower, with a circle of yellow around a purple cluster in the center. Sometimes in English winter aconite areRead More →

Sandawara floating dolls iwatsuki

Information for the Floating dolls of Iwatsuki in 2024. One truly enchanting event to mark the annual Dolls festival is the floating dolls of Iwatsuki. Paper dolls are floated on a pond in the doll town Iwatsuki to mark the Dolls Festival, which is also girls day. The dolls areRead More →

Early spring festa a spring letter at Shinrin Park

This post contains information for flowers and events at Shinrin Park, aka Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, for their ‘Early Spring Festa“. In English, they call it a “Spring Letter”. The highlight, for many, of early spring at the park is the early blooming tulips which bloom in March. AmongRead More →