First sunrise Gyoda

First Sunrise Gyoda– There is a beautiful Japanese New Year’s tradition of watching the first sunrise of the new year “Hatsuhinode“. Next year the first sunrise will be particularly special, as it will be the first sunrise of a new decade: 2021 – 2030. First Sunrise Gyoda Every year theRead More →

Yuruchara mascot summit mascot festival

Yuruchara Mascot Summit 2020 – Kanto’s largest character and mascot summit with a Guinness World Record certificate to prove it! Last year, 2019, it celebrated its 10th anniversary. When and where is the big annual mascot event near Tokyo? The beloved annual Yuruchara, or mascot summit, event is held annuallyRead More →

Rice field art rugby 2019

There is no rice paddy art in 2020. The rice planting event – the preparation for the art – was due to take place in the middle of June. However, they cancelled the planting event too. The rice is planted in such a way that it grows into a beautifulRead More →

First sunrise of the year hatsuhinode

Information for the first sunrise, Hatsuhinode, in Saitama in 2021. If you’ve read any other of my blog posts about January in Japan, you’ve probably already got the message that it is my favorite month in Japan. One of the main reasons for that is all the New Year events,Read More →

Sakitama Kofun Park

Sakitama Fire Festival – The Sakitama Ancient Burial Mounds are in Gyoda city. The Burial Mounds are part of what is called the Sakitama Kofun Cluster, a nationally designated historical site. Saitama prefecture “Saitama” actually gets its name from these regions: Sakitama being the old version of Saitama! More informationRead More →

Hanyu Cherry blossom festival kasai irrigation canal

The 34th annual Hanyu Cherry blossom festival was scheduled to start on March 21st and run until April 4th. However, at the start of March the official Hanyu city website announced that the festival will not go ahead due to the novel Coronavirus. Information from 2019 During this time theRead More →

Daffodil Festival

Satte Daffodil Festival (also known as the Narcissus Festival) in Gongendo Park, Satte, Saitama. Gongendo is a prefectural park in Satte, renowned for its seasonal flowers. Today, December 20th 2019, the park’s official website posted an announcement that the daffodils have been declared open. Several are already in bloom, withRead More →

Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination

Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination – Gyoda City, Kodai Hasu no Sato “ancient lotus pond”, is best known for its paddy art which you can view from an observational tower. It really is a sight to behold. The rice paddy art attracts visitors in the Autumn and in winter it isRead More →

oshi castle gyoda floating castle festival

Gyoda Ukijyo Matsuri or Gyoda Floating Castle Festival The Gyoda Floating Castle Festival is held every year on the last Saturday and Sunday of July. No doubt its name is associated with the Oshi Castle which was located in Gyoda City. It is nicknamed the floating castle of Oshi. OneRead More →


Kiyasse Children’s Spring Festival – Kiyasse Hanyu is best described by the people responsible for it’s design, Yoshiki Toda Landscape & Architect Co.,Ltd.: Kiyasse-Hanyu, also called Hanyu Agriculture and Forestry Park, produces a food resort atmosphere with beer restaurants, stores and rest rooms under a huge roof designed to appear asRead More →