Looking for a dolls display in Fujimi, Saitama? At Nanbata Castle park‘s period house you can view a dolls display for free annually. These dolls may not be to the level of the Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri pyramid displays, but they are  pretty and come with their own history.   DollsRead More →

2019 Wind chimes Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine

An idea of what to see in Kawagoe and what to do in Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine in the summer. Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine an annual event that is a popular place to visit during summer in Saitama Prefecture.Read More →

Stunning leaves at Monomiyama Park

Monomiyama Park, Higashimatsuyama – Every year I embrace the month of November. There is a multitude of incentives to get out and about in the crisp fresh air and sunshine, not least to enjoy the epheremal vibrant colours and all Autumn has to offer. When my older two children wereRead More →

Shoboji's Legendary Gingko Tree

Shoboji’s Legendary Gingko Tree at Shoboji Temple, Iwadono, Higashimatsuyama ( previously Hatoyama) Previously I wrote about a summer drive we took in the Hatoyama and Higashimatsuyama area where I saw the most impressive gingko tree I’ve ever seen.  Last Autumn we revisited the area to witness the famed Autumn colours inRead More →

Sayama Museum, Inariyama Park and Kome To Cha Cafe Sayama Municipal Museum, Saitama, is a city museum in Sayama Inari Yama Park on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line.  They tend to host a lot of travelling exhibits suitable or designed for children. We have been to many of their exhibits in theRead More →

Aruzo Land – It was certainly a first for me to discover a free play center in a Real Estate Agency. Sure, lots of real estate agencies (plus car sales showrooms, dentists, phone shops…you name it), have play areas in Japan. But this is a full on PLAY CENTER, not justRead More →

Glass blowing at Matsumoto Shoyu Factory

Free Soy Factory tour Kawagoe Free Soy Factory Tour Kawagoe – Where in Kawagoe to bring a visiting famous Japanese food chef and author?  This is the question that faced me when I was bringing Fiona Uyema, Ireland’s leading Japanese food expert and owner of Fused Japanese sauces, on a tour of KawagoeRead More →

We’ve been spending a bit of time at the Kitamoto Children’s Centre this summer, as it is a great space for a bit of psychical activity as well as quiet play time. My older kids particularly love the climbing wall here, which is free to use once the kids areRead More →

Kawagoe Jidokan Kawagoe Eki Higashi Jidokan, or Kawagoe East Exit play center, is located on the 4th floor of a civic center for citizens, Kurasse.  Below it there is a library and above it there are meeting rooms and citizen services. On the 2nd floor there is also a restRead More →

This morning after a sudden change of plans, I decided it was time we check out one place on the summer wishlist: the JAXA earth observation centre. As we departed the house I had planned to just go to JAXA, but when the three girls (5, 3 and 1 yearsRead More →