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 →

Umezono shrine Ogose

With plum blossom season on the horizon, tonight’s choice of long overdue draft posts for publication is the beautiful Umezono shrine in Ogose. Not only is the shrine in the vicinity of the famed plum blossoms, it is the origin of them. The beauty of Umezono Shrine is in itsRead More →

Setsubun sign written in Japanese with February 3rd date in kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

An account of the Setsubun Festival with a mamemaki bean throwing ceremony at Kitain Temple in Kawagoe. Information for the 2024 bean throwing ceremony also included. Setsubun Setsubun celebrations at Kitain Temple Kawagoe February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan, which marks the end of winter. People celebrate annually with traditionalRead More →

Oni demon at Kijin Shrine Ranzan used in Kijin article and free resources for setsubun

Kidin (Kijin) Shrine is an unique to Saitama shrine. One of only four shrines in ALL of Japan that is dedicated to demons, each year it steps into the limelight for Setsubun. Setsubun is the traditional festival to celebrate the coming of spring. And Japanese demons play a big role in the event.Read More →

kasukabe shishimai

Information for the Kasukabe Shishimai performance at Choshi guchi Katori shrine annually in January. Choshiguchi Shishimai Choshiguchi shishimai (lion dance) was brought to Kasukabe from the current Koshigaya city in 1697. It is a lion dance to music with three single “lions” performed at Choshiguchi Katori shrine in Kasukabe. ThreeRead More →

The wildest setsubun festival in Saitama, near Tokyo

The Setsubun festival at Fudougaoka Fudouson Souganji Temple in Kazo is famous throughout Kanto and beyond. It is probably Saitama’s most famous setsubun-kai? So much so, champion sumo wrestlers, even yokozuna have participated in the mamemaki bean throwing in the past. It has the reputation of being one of theRead More →