Yaezakura Late blooming sakura cherry blossom

Inariyama Park Cherry Blossoms were declared “open” today, March 19th 2021. There will be no Cherry blossom Festival in Inariyama Park in Sayama park this year due to the Novel Coronavirus. It was tentatively scheduled for April 3rd and 4th. However, ultimately they cancelled it. Inariyama Park Cherry Blossoms TheRead More →

Moroyama Spring Yabusame

Yabusame is the military art of discharging an arrow at a target while riding on a running horse. Each year in both Autumn and Spring Moroyama town celebrates this ancient military art form. The festival in Moroyama has been celebrated for the last 950 years. Moroyama is the only place in Saitama whereRead More →

Okanzakura Nissai

Okanzakura Sakado – The Nissai Sakura Festival in Sakado is a relatively new festival in Saitama, although the cherry blossoms have been around for quite some time. The event was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus. And unfortunately, news came in at the end of December 2020, thatRead More →

Koshigaya Plum Blossom Festival

Koshigaya Plum Blossom – The 27th Annual Koshigaya Plum Forest Park Plum Blossom Festival is tentatively planned for Saturday March 6th and Sunday the 7th. However, due to the Coronavirus there is a chance the festival may not be able to go ahead. The festival was cancelled in 2020 dueRead More →

Kitamoto Neputa Festival insaitama.com

The Kitamoto Neputa Festival is held annually in early November. However, the event has been cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. In 2019 it was on Saturday the 2nd of November. You can read about my visit here (click). On the Sunday, the 3rd, there was anRead More →

The Iruma Air base air show happens annually on the 3rd of November. However, in 2020 the event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. November 3rd is a public holiday in Japan for Culture Day. This is a popular event that attracts thousands of spectators. For many yearsRead More →

Iruma Mando Festival  – Mando or Mandou 万燈 means 10,000 lights and is a type of Japanese lantern. For this, the biggest annual festival held in Iruma, the festival field is decorated with Mandou (pictured).  The popularity of the festival is growing year on year and is expected to attract inRead More →

Cosmos Festival

Cosmos Festival in Konosu The Cosmos Festival in Konosu normally takes place toward the end of October. However, this year – 2020 – on account of the Coronavirus outbreak the event has been cancelled. Official notification of cancellation here (click). Each year to mark the blooming of 12,000,000 cosmos in theRead More →

Saikasai – Asaka City Festival. This festival is usually held annually on the first Sunday of August and the preceding Saturday and Friday. However, in 2020 it was scheduled for October (Olympics?). But it was subsequently completely cancelled on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. 2019 information. Due to all thisRead More →

bonsai festival

The 2020 Grand Bonsai Festival was initially scheduled for May, but they postponed it until October on account of the coronavirus. They scheduled it for October 16th to 18th, but then subsequently decided to cancel it. This annual event in the Omiya Bonsai Village offers the opportunity to view specialRead More →