Chichibu Muse Park Plum Blossom Festival

The plum blossom grove at Chichibu Muse Park is particularly beautiful. There is something about it and Shinrin Park’s plum blossom grove that sets them apart from the other “bairin”, plum blossom groves, in Saitama Prefecture. Possibly, the clever design that makes them more picture perfect than others. And inRead More →

Musashino Reiwa Shrine Torii lit up at Tokorozawa Sakura Town

General and event information for the ‘Cool Japan’ Musashino Reiwa Shrine. Musashino Reiwa Shrine is located in Tokorozawa Sakura Town, a hip entertainment hub, on the border of Tokyo. Musashino Reiwa Shrine The Musashino Reiwa Shrine, dubbed the Cool Japan shrine, was designed, under the supervision of Kengo Kuma, asRead 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 →

Misotsuchi icicles lit up at night, aka Otaki Ice Festival Ogano

The Otaki Ice festival, illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles in 2024 will close earlier than initially planned. It was only announced on February 11th that they will close on the 14th. They don’t give a reason, but it has been a very mild winter, so I would speculate it is because theRead More →