Honjo Gion Festival – This festival occurs every year on the 2 days preceding “umi no hi”, an annual holiday in Japan. However, in 2020 the event was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. It attracts about 40,000 people. There are 70 stalls. One of the unusual features of this festival is the 雨乞獅子“rainRead More →

moss phlox Honjo

Moss phlox, sunflowers, marigolds, night illumination and other seasonal blooms at Marigold Hill in Honjo City in Northern Saitama Moss phlox aka Shibazakura The moss phlox of Hitsujiyama in Chichibu need lead introduction to people living in the Kanto Plain of Japan. I think the image of the pink, purpleRead More →

Saitama Cherry Blossoms Honjo cherry blossoms

Honjo Cherry Blossoms – The Wakaizumi area of Honjo has three parks, Wakaizumi Dai Ichi, Dai Ni and sports park, which together run a cherry blossom festival one day of the sakura season. However, in 2021 the festival is unlikely to go ahead. However, the blossoms are blooming! They startedRead More →

Honjo Illumination

Honjo Illumination – Located within walking distance of the Honjo Waseda station, the Marigold Hill night illumination is ranked by Jorudan as the tenth most popular spot for night illumination in Saitama Prefecture. Honjo Illumination The night illumination starts after the marigold blooming period is over, usually on November 23rdRead More →

Festival lanterns

This annual festival in Honjo occurs in the kodama area of Honjo City. It is usually on the same weekend as the Honjo Gion Festival. Unlike the Honjo Gion Festival, it is only for one day; in 2020 it should have been Sunday July 19th  from 11 am to 9.30Read More →