First sunrise of the year hatsuhinode

Information for the first sunrise, Hatsuhinode, in Saitama in 2021. If you’ve read any other of my blog posts about January in Japan, you’ve probably already got the message that it is my favorite month in Japan. One of the main reasons for that is all the New Year events,Read More →

What to expect at a “dezome shiki” – an unique to Japan New Year Firefighters celebration with several elements including parades, demonstrations and traditional performances. Read More →

New Year Races 2020

New Year Races – It is very common in my homeland of Ireland, for people to attend horse races during the winter holidays. Around where I lived it is the Leopardstown Races on St Stephen’s Day. Here in Japan, Christmas is not a main event, but New Years is like ourRead More →

Tokorozawa Dezome Shiki Saitama Prefecture

Dezome Shiki locations in Saitama Prefecture. Happy New year! The first day of 2020, filled with anticipation and hope. I want to start off the 2020 blog posts with a post related to something I personally feel very deeply about. The work of firefighters. I have a sincere and deepRead More →

Ibaraki Santa Mitsui Outlet Iruma Santa Mori Town Santa

Santa Tokyo Guide – the Ultimate Santa Guide for the Greater Tokyo area. Santa Visits in Japan generally start from the end of November. Occasionally you can find a couple of places that Santa visits as early as October, a few more in early November, but the main Santa greetingRead More →

Santa House Santa Hills Nasu Tochigi insaitama.com

Santa House, Santa Hills, Tochigi – December 2019 For the last few years I have tried unsuccessfully to book a coveted spot in the Santa House in Santa Hills, Tochigi Prefecture. I have been determined, since discovering it while researching Santastic Tochigi in 2015, to stay in the Santa HouseRead More →

November Santa Tokyo Chiba Kanagawa Saitama

November Santa Events in 2019 for the Greater Tokyo area; Tokyo Santa, Chiba Santa, Kanagawa Santa and Saitama Santa. For those who cannot wait until December to meet Santa Claus, we’ve got you covered! Here are some of the confirmed Santa Claus meet and greet locations for November 2019 inRead More →

Metsa Christmas

Metsa Christmas 2019 I introduced the Metsa Village Christmas market and Christmas town in the event pages of In Saitama, but now for a personal account. I visited Metsa on the opening day of Christmas town 2019 on November 1st. First impressions were good as Christmas muzak, seasonal flags andRead More →

tokorozawa santa parade santa takashimaya Kichijoji santa

Information for the 2019 Santa Claus Visit at Kichijoji Station in Musashino. For thirty years Kichijoji station has had winter illumination around the station during the winter. This year they have a 6.7 meter Santa house as part of their illumination display. The illumination will be switched on in theRead More →

sunshine city christmas city

Sunshine City Christmas ~ an annual winter event at Sunshine City in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. This is not a Santa greeting / visit, but you can see Santa every year in the Sunshine Aquarium from mid November. Sunshine City Christmas “Sunshine City 2019 Welcome to Christmas City “ From mid NovemberRead More →