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Every November in Japan there are chrysanthemum festivals all around the country where you can see potted chrysanthemum displays. However, there are only a few places where you can actually see chrysanthemum flower beds. In Saitama anyway. One place you can see chrysanthemum growing in a manicured garden is theRead More →

red spider lilies Kawajima Saitama Japan

Lycoris radiata in Kawajima Town. The lycoris of Kawajima popped up on Thursday, but its only today – Saturday September 19th – that some of them have come into bloom. It will be another couple of days before you can see the dramatic contrast of the red against the green.Read More →

Dahlia at arakawa roadside station chichibu

The Chichibu area is known for its Dahlia. The Dahlia Garden at Mt Ryokami Fumoto Hana no Sato is one of the largest and most popular places to see Dahlia in Saitama. Mt Ryokami Dahlia Garden The Dahlia Garden at Mt Ryokami opens annually in Autumn. It generally opens fromRead More →

coleus flowers at shinrin park summer 2020 saitama

Summer flowers around the central gate of Shinrin Park, Namegawa, in 2020. The weather forecast predicted a cloudy day, not ideal for photographing flowers, but great for avoiding sunburn and sunstroke. I thought it would comfortable weather for a five kilometre walk to take in the summer flowers in ShinrinRead More →

autumn sunflowers Kawagoe insaitama.com

Summer Flowers AND Autumn sunflowers in the Isanuma area of Kawagoe. At Isa Marsh and the Isa marsh East Bank Flower Garden or Isanuma Tōgan Hanabatake in Japanese. Jump to Autumn Sunflowers. Isa Marsh Isanuma is an area in Kawagoe. Numa means marsh or swamp. The area is named afterRead More →

summer in Saitama 2020

Summer in Saitama 2020 – Things are a lot different this summer in the shadow of the Coronavirus outbreak. For one, summer holidays are much shorter for most people. Then of course there is the fact that the majority of our beloved festivals and fireworks have been cancelled. Moreover, theRead More →

Hydrangea Okegawa

Riverside hydrangea, Okegawa. Sometimes it pays to get lost. I was attempting to go to one of the three safflower fields in Okegawa today. The safflower where nowhere in sight and I thought that both I and Google had remembered the place incorrectly. So I opted to abandon Google mapsRead More →

Suzumegawa sabo dam tokigawa

Five year old really wanted to play in some water today. However, most of the water play areas in parks are closed on account of the Coronavirus. It was a blessing in disguise, because instead we went to a Suzumegawa Sabo Dam park with a natural river. My favorite kind!Read More →

Spring flowers Hana no Oasis

Spring flowers at the flower oasis “Hana no Oasis” in Konosu. Hana no Oasis, Konosu Hana no Oasis is a community garden. It is located in a rural area of Konosu amid dozens of paddy fields. The garden is landscaped through the seasons with seasonal blooms. It isn’t particularly big,Read More →

Virtual tours nemophila chiba Japan

Do you like to plan outings in advance? Had you plans for this month (April) that came to a sudden halt with the onset of Coronavirus? Maybe you were supposed to be travelling overseas? Or domestically? Was there a concert you were supposed to go to or a get togetherRead More →