Sandawara floating dolls iwatsuki

Information for the Floating dolls of Iwatsuki in 2024. One truly enchanting event to mark the annual Dolls festival is the floating dolls of Iwatsuki. Paper dolls are floated on a pond in the doll town Iwatsuki to mark the Dolls Festival, which is also girls day. The dolls areRead More →

Umezono shrine Ogose

With plum blossom season on the horizon, tonight’s choice of long overdue draft posts for publication is the beautiful Umezono shrine in Ogose. Not only is the shrine in the vicinity of the famed plum blossoms, it is the origin of them. The beauty of Umezono Shrine is in itsRead More →

Setsubun sign written in Japanese with February 3rd date in kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture

An account of the Setsubun Festival with a mamemaki bean throwing ceremony at Kitain Temple in Kawagoe. Information for the 2024 bean throwing ceremony also included. Setsubun Setsubun celebrations at Kitain Temple Kawagoe February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan, which marks the end of winter. People celebrate annually with traditionalRead More →

The wildest setsubun festival in Saitama, near Tokyo

The Setsubun festival at Fudougaoka Fudouson Souganji Temple in Kazo is famous throughout Kanto and beyond. It is probably Saitama’s most famous setsubun-kai? So much so, champion sumo wrestlers, even yokozuna have participated in the mamemaki bean throwing in the past. It has the reputation of being one of theRead More →

mochitsuki dance

Mochi, sticky sweet rice, is a popular treat over the New Year’s period. Mochitsuki is the process of making the mochi; pounding the rice rice into a glutinous mush. It is generally translated as “rice cake making”. The process is so laborious that it became common for families, even communities,Read More →