Yoshida folk house saitama's oldest home in Ogawa machi Saitama japan

Yoshida Folk House in Ogawa town, Saitama. Yoshida Folk house has a very different atmosphere to any of the other folk / period houses I have personally visited in the past. I expected something like Toyama Memorial Museum with several rooms and a stunning garden in traditional Japanese style. However,Read More →

Setsubun

February 3rd is Setsubun in Japan, which marks the end of winter. People celebrate annually with traditional ceremonies in both homes and temples. A common tradition associated with this ancient festival is mamemaki or bean throwing. A lot of families carry out this fun tradition at home, but you can alsoRead More →

There are a number of free magazines in Saitama. You can get magazines with information for jobs, health and living. The latter has several different publishers who provide information for living in Saitama. Most have a coupon or two, but MOTECO is one of the best with lots of great couponsRead More →

My best friend Fiona inspired this post as she is a “foodie”!  More on her to come, but for now Sunday’s special for the month of NaBloPoMo is a “slice of life” (pardon the pun) type snippet on preschool life in Japan. Preschool in Japan is 3 years long. IRead More →

Takao 599 museum and Takao Hotspring – This week’s Tokyo Thursday introduces the very popular mountain area of Takao. The mountain draws thousands each weekend, due to the scenery, the hiking trails, the monkeys, the accessibility and its proximity to Tokyo. I recommend it as a top spot to witness some of the resplendent autumn sceneryRead More →

We hadn’t visited Yoshimi Town Friendship Athletic Ground for a while, so I was surprised to discover some of the kids’ favourite equipment in this park has been removed. They have put in one new slide, but I am hoping that they are going to add even more new equipment.  ThisRead More →

Information for this annual event is now available in the events section of insaitama.com. The Tokorozawa festival will be held on the 10th and 11th, with the main parade, music and street performances happening on the latter; Sunday the 11th. On the 10th, most of the activities will be conductedRead More →

Atami Sun beach – The lasting impression I got of Atami was that, while it is slowly being rejuvenated, it’s  prime was in a past era.  I wasn’t surprised on reading up on it to learn it has been popular as a hot spring resort since the 8th century.  I was surprised, though, toRead More →

Skeeter Syndrome Mosquitoes Japan

Mosquitoes Japan – Further to my daughter having a bad reaction, called the skeeter syndrome, to multiple mosquito bites, I have learned a lot about treating mosquito bites. And about mosquito repellent to fend of the annoying pests over the last few days. I wanted to share the most effectiveRead More →

Ageo Parks – Ageo City is one of our favourite cities in Saitama. It has plenty of things to do for children and adults alike. There is so much to do in fact I have split this blog post into two; one on outdoor locations and one on indoor locations. IRead More →