Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a religious ceremony practiced 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 February 4th and is the first day of spring and historically the start of a new year.
Ogano Gun Festival – Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. Known unofficially as the “finale of the Chichibu festival” the event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. It is always
Taiko with Ondekoza – Traditional Japanese taiko is invigorating to watch, but it is even more exhilarating to play. But training with the esteemed Ondekoza taiko drum troupe is an experience an a whole other level. The afternoon I spent watching and playing taiko with some of my peers and
The Nagatoro Valley Autumn Leaves Festival is a month long autumn leaf / foliage / fall color viewing period. It is celebrated annually in November. Stretching 6 kilometers along the Ara river from Iwadatami, resplendent fall colours decorate the Nagatoro Valley. Trees include Momiji, Kunugi and Oak. Taking the famous
Yoshida Genki Mura – Cabin Accommodation in scenic Ogano town nicknamed Yoshida Rocket Town after the annual rocket festival. Yoshida Genki Mura is located next to Kakkaku Dam. There is a Biomass Generator educational facility on site as well as sporting facilities and a river where kids can play in
Chichibu Muse Park is a sprawling recreational space in the hills of Ogano. It offers stunning views of the surrounding valleys and mountains, including Mt Buko. There are many sections to the park, offering both indoor and outdoor leisure / recreation facilities, and even accommodation. The park is suited to
This time of year the hype is all about the cherry blossoms. However, there are some other blooming trees that are equally stunning and colourful. I personally love peach blossoms and their bright pink petals. We planned a weekend away to Chichibu to view the stunning peach blossoms of the