kawazuzakura in Kawajima along the Ando River

Kawazuzakura are an early blooming, pink cherry blossom. They normally bloom from around the third week in February to early March, generally speaking. There are locations where they bloom earlier and places where they bloom later. However, in Saitama Prefecture the kawazuzakura are more fickle than the main variety ofRead 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 →

Setsubun Saitama Oni mamemaki

Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a traditional festival held 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, with rare exceptions, on February 4th. Risshun is the first day of spring and historically the startRead 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 →