Ukishima Inari Shrine is a little shrine you pass on the walking route from Miyoshino Shrine and Kitain Temple. It is not particularly well known or adorned, but it has some beautiful gingko (maidenhair) trees. It also has a (small) play area. Kawagoe Kita-in Temple’s autumn leaves are the most famousRead More →

Shinrin Park Autumn Leaves Night Illumination sign over the central gate Autumn Leaves Shinrin

Shinrin Park Night Illumination – Every year, Shinrin park in Namegawa Town, Saitama, offer night illumination in the central gate area of the park. They are one of the first to start their night illumination. They have three different displays: Halloween illumination – Halloween Night in the Forest, Autumn LeafRead More →

Tanabata Festival Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

Every year on August 7th Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine have a Tanabata Festival. The Tanabata Festival at the shrine is not that well known. However, it falls during the wind chimes display event, which has created quite a name for itself. Wind Chimes During July and August, Hikawa Shrine displays hundredsRead More →

Cherry blossom festival, Kitain Temple, Kawagoe City, Saitama, Japan 2020. Kitain is a stunning Buddhist temple with pagoda in the tourist city of Kawagoe – a popular day trip destination from Tokyo. There are two main ways you can celebrate the blooming of cherry  blossoms in Japan; hanami, which involves picnickingRead More →

manhole cover art

Manhole Cover Art, Saitama prefecture, Japan Manhole Cover Art I used to think I was an observant person, until my cousin sent me an article about manhole covers in Japan. I was in Japan more than 10 years when she sent me the link about the ornate manhole covers here. MyRead More →

Konosu dolls' festival

Dolls festival – Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a short bullet train (shinkansen) ride from Tokyo. You can view the dolls display at the mall at the station. Dolls festival The doll festival is celebrated on March 3rd, annually, forRead More →

playground miyoshino shrine kawagoe

Miyoshino Shrine, Kawagoe 三芳野神社、川越- 日本語 Miyoshino Shrine The Miyoshino shrine features in a famed traditional song (Warabe uta) that is known by Japanese people all over Japan. The song name is “Tooryanse”. As such, the shrine is much beloved by many, particularly the proud locals. A monument was erected toRead More →

Winter Night Illumination Keyaki Hiroba (2)

The very first night illumination I went to in Saitama was at the Keyaki Hiroba in Saitama Shintoshin. At the time it was one of only a handful of places that had a large scale night illumination display in Saitama. I had moved from Mito City in Ibaraki which litRead More →

hikawa jinja maple in Saitama

I went to Hikawa Jinja in Kawagoe today, in the hope of enjoying some vibrant Autumn Leaves. I didn’t time it very well; I was too early with the autumn blooms still nowhere in sight. Also, the higanbana that also in Autumn on the Shingashi river where gone by then.Read More →

scarecrows in Japan

Scarecrows in Japan ♫Do you wanna build a … scarecrow!? “They” say that you should delete or unpublish blog posts that aren’t performing because they drag your website ranking down. But this is one post I can’t bring myself to remove from my blog even though it gets very littleRead More →