Kitaasaba Kanzakura 2022

The Nissai Sakura Matsuri will be on in 2024 for the first time in five years. This post contains information for the festival and general information for the cherry blossoms at this location, called the Kitaasaba Sakura Zutsumi, in Sakado City. The cherry blossoms are an early blooming variety knownRead More →

Tokorozawa dolls festival

Information for the Tokorozawa Dolls Festival, officially known as Tokorozawa Hina Monogatari 野老澤雛物語, in 2024. The Tokorozawa Doll’s Festival Tokorozawa celebrates its doll production history with this “monogatari” festival. They describe Monogatari as a narrative tale. They are believed to have developed from the oral storytelling of fiction. That is,Read More →

Konosu surprising dolls festival, Japan's largest hina dolls pyramid

Information for, and an account of, visiting Japan’s largest Dolls festival display at the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival or Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri in Japanese. 鴻巣びっくりひな祭り。 Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a 50 minute train ride from Ueno station inRead More →

Umerin and Mini SL at Ogose Bairin best flowers 2019 plum blossoms ume

Information for the Ogose Plum Blossom Festival and Ogose Bairin (plum blossom grove). Ogose Bairin is one of three big plum blossom forests in the Kanto area. Furthermore, it is a just one of six designated Places of Beauty of Saitama Prefecture. Bairin 梅林 is the Japanese for a plumRead More →

Iwatsuki dolls festival

Iwatsuki Dolls Festival – Iwatsuki is a very famous “Hina”, traditional Japanese doll, town often referred to as the “city of dolls”. Iwatsuki have been making dolls since the 17th century. Moreover, Iwatsuki Doll making was awarded the prestigious Traditional Craft Production designation by both the prefecture and the country.Read More →

Oni demon at Kijin Shrine Ranzan used in Kijin article and free resources for setsubun

Kidin (Kijin) Shrine is an unique to Saitama shrine. One of only four shrines in ALL of Japan that is dedicated to demons, each year it steps into the limelight for Setsubun. Setsubun is the traditional festival to celebrate the coming of spring. And Japanese demons play a big role in the event.Read More →

Setsubun Saitama Oni mamemaki

Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a traditional festival held 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, with rare exceptions, on February 4th. Risshun is the first day of spring and historically the startRead More →