Nagatoro Funadama Festival

On April 27th 2020, months ahead of its scheduled date, the Nagatoro Tourist Assocation announced the cancellation of the 2020 Nagatoro Fundama Festival. Like the majority of events cancelled in 2020 it was due to concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak. It is too early to tell (September 2020) if theRead More →

Inohana amazake festival chichibu

Inohana Amazake Festival or Inohana Sweet Sake Festival is one of those “only in Japan” type of festivals. And even within that category it is one of the more unusual ones. Near naked men, donning only a lion cloth, throw sake at each other. If you are into near nakedRead More →

Chichibu Kawase Festival

Chichibu Kawase Festival and fireworks The festival is on both July 19th and 20th and the fireworks are on the 19th of July. On the 19th the hours are from 1 pm to 10 pm and on the 20th the festival starts from 10 am. The festival was cancelled inRead More →

Yokoze puppet play

Yokoze Puppet Play – Every May on the second Sunday of the month there is a very special event in Yokoze. The famous puppet play of Yokoze, which is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Saitama. One person magically operates the puppets in this mesmerizing puppet theater. He uses whatRead More →

Ogano spring festival kabuki

Ogano Kabuki and Ogano Spring festival – Ogano is a very beautiful town in Chichibu district. Unlike many other city and towns that have their main festival in the summer, Ogano’s principal festival is the one they hold in spring. It is a festival rich in traditional performances and culture.Read More →

Nagatoro wintersweet

The 2021 Nagatoro Wintersweet season is in full swing. Normally the annual Nagatoro wintersweet festival is held from the second week in January to the last week in February. However, this year on account of the State of Emergency they are not having a “festival” per se. But the wintersweetRead More →

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles

Onouchi Hyakkei Icicles are one of three icicle winter spectacles of Chichibu. “Hyakkei” means hundred and the Saitama Prefectural Tourism website translates the icicles name as Onouchi Hundred Icicles. However, the icicles are most commonly referred to as the Romanized version of their Japanese name. But in 2021 Chichibu announcedRead More →

The Otaki Ice festival, illuminated Misotsuchi Icicles in 2021 – One of the most famous, and beautiful, winter scenes of Saitama is at the Otaki Ice Festival – in the former Otaki village – in Chichibu. The Misotsuchi Icicles are the only naturally formed icicles of the three Great iciclesRead More →

ogano gun festival

Ogano Gun Festival. Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. It is known informally as the “finale of the Chichibu festival”. The event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. This eventRead More →

Featured photo Chichibu Night Festival from John Becker

Chichibu Night Festival 2020 – held annually on December 2nd and 3rd. The Chichibu Night Festival 2020 is scheduled for December 2nd and 3rd 2020. However, due to the current Coronavirus situation they have downsized it significantly and it may even be cancelled yet. Already, the fireworks and float paradeRead More →