wisteria, azalea, peony at Yakyu inari

Information for The Baseball Shrine, Yakyū Inari Shrine, in Higashimatsuyma, which has been designated as a National Important Cultural Property since November 2023. This post includes details for the popular peony festival and other seasonal events, such as setsubun. The baseball shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama city in Saitama. ItRead More →

A room for infants in Higashimatsuyama municipal play center Sole

Named “Sole”, as in the Italian for sun, this community play center in Higashimatsuyama is particularly nice. In Japanese, these type of children’s community center are called either a Jidokan 児童館 or a Jido Center 児童センター. In Higashimatsuyama, they refer to them as Jidokan. More often than the children playRead More →

Saitama Children's zoo Saitama children's Animal Nature Park

The Saitama Children’s Zoo is called the Saitama Children’s Animal Nature Park in Japanese. The zoo is in Takasaka, Higashimatsuyama on the Tobu Tojo line from Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It is fantastic value for money, but furthermore it is one of the best days out for children in Saitama prefecture. AsRead More →