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Celebratory pinwheels and wind chimes | KAWAGOE

May 1 @ 09:00 May 31 @ 21:00

In celebration of Emperor Naruhito’s ascension to the throne, Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine are hosting a special commemorative display for the month of May. From May 1st to 31st they will display red and white pinwheels and wind chimes. They also have the name of the new era “Reiwa” displayed in large calligraphy on the shrine ground’s stage.

Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine has always been a popular shrine. But when they introduced a summer wind chime event just five years ago, the number of annual visitors multiplied exponentially. It proved to be an extremely popular event and put them on the international map, attracting more expat and foreign visitors more than ever before.

A couple of years later they also introduced a pinwheel event that preludes the wind chimes. That is usually on during the month of June. Each year the pinwheels are the same colour. The colour changes year on year. Meanwhile, the wind chimes are always a variation of colours.

The current special edition pinwheels and wind chimes are in red and white only. I imagine the colours are representing the Japanese flag, but I like to think of them as love and peace. The contrast is magnificent and this has been my favourite design of both the pinwheels and wind chimes to date.

Access pinwheels and wind chimes

The shrine is open from 9am to 9pm. The illumination starts from 7pm. The cafe next door, Musubi cafe, offers seasonal sweets in association with the event. 

You can walk from Hon-kawagoe or Kawagoe stations along a tourist route, but it takes about 40 minutes. There is a tourist bus or a regular bus that will bring you close. There is free parking for 300 cars.  

Address: 2-11-3 Miyashita Machi, Kawagoe, Saitama Phone: 049-224-0589

Source: An account of visiting the wind chimes

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Hikawa Shrine

2 Chome-11-3 Miyashitamachi, 宮下町
Kawagoe-shi,, Saitama-ken 350-0052 Japan
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