Kita Asaba March 6th 2020

Kita Asaba Cherry Blossoms today, March 6th 2020, for Photo Friday. Kita Asaba Cherry Blossoms Today Thank goodness for kanzakura, early blooming cherry blossoms, in this surreal time of Covid-19 Novel Coronavirus. They bring some light and color, hope even, in these dismal times and offer a respite from theRead More →

Sumiyoshi Sakura No sato 2020

Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato is a riverside embankment walk in Sakado City, Saitama, about an hour from Tokyo. Along the embankment there are early blooming cherry blossoms called Kawazuzakura. Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato The 150 Kawazuzakura, a type of early blooming cherry blossom, at Sumiyoshi Sakura No Sato were plantedRead More →

A summary of events on in Saitama from February 8th to 11th. All of these (and more) are on the events calendar, but when I post information for an event on the events calendar unfortunately it doesn’t get sent out to subscribers the way a new post does. To bridgeRead More →

An air base cherry blossom festival in Saitama Prefecture, more info on insaitama.com

An Air Base Cherry Blossom Festival in Saitama Prefecture, Japan ~ Cherry blossoms are on the way! With the plum blossoms already blooming, much earlier than usual, it is a surely a positive indicator that the cherry blossoms will also be early this year. The “experts” seem to think soRead More →

setsubun saitama

Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a religious ceremony practiced every year on February 3rd. Historically setsubun, which literally means seasonal division, was a four day period marking the changing of the seasons. Risshun is February 4th and is the first day of spring and historically the start of a new year.Read More →

Fishing with kids Kawajima town Saitama Japan

Fishing with kids – I’ll be perfectly honest; fishing is not my thing. But my kids love it. Normally my husband brings them, but I have been with them a couple of times. Including their last visit a couple of weeks ago. The kids were inched into a love ofRead More →

Life in Saitama

Life in Saitama: A week in photos. January 2020 week three – January 11th to 17th. 1000 hours outside update We are into the third week of January 2020. And the third week of the 1000 hours outside challenge. Our pace for spending hours in the great outdoors has slowedRead 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 →

January 2020

January flowers, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. A week in photos. January 2020 week one. I say it often, because it is true, but my favorite month in Japan is January. There is so much to do in Japan in January. And as it is one of the driest months of theRead 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 →