Otourou festival matsuri iruma otorou otoro

Tentative information for the 2022 Otourou Festival in Iruma. The event was cancelled in 2021 on account of the Coronavirus. Otourou festival Otourou is one of those words that is hard to translate into English. The word is actually “tourou” and the “o” in front is honorific. The Otourou festivalRead More →

Ranzan Autumn leaves from Chokotabi

Ranzan Autumn leaves festival, walk and gourmet at Ranzan Gorge, also referred to as Ranzan Valley. Here’s hoping that ‘third time’s a charm’. The event was cancelled in 2019 after substantial damage from Typhoon Hagibis. And it was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The event isRead More →

Splash Festival Tsurugashima

Tentative information for the 2021 Tsurugashima Splash Festival. The 2020 festival did not go ahead on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The 2021 date has not yet been decided (September 2020). I will update closer to the time. Don’t worry if you missed the excellent Water Fight festival in OmiyaRead More →

kasukabe odako fireworks

There will be no Odako Fireworks Kasukabe in 2021. They were also cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. The fireworks are quite small with just (approximately) 320 starmines and 50 smaller fireworks. They are launched annually as the finale to the traditional summer festival that starts around 3.30 pm.Read More →

Tokorozawa sunflower

Tokorozawa Sunflower Field and Festival also known as the Mikajima Sunflower fields. The sunflower fields are located in the Sayama Hills area relatively near Kurosuke House where a life sized Totoro lives! In 2020, they didn’t really make an official announcement, but the festival was not on. However, this year,Read More →