Houkou Ichijiku (Japanese fig) farm in Kawajima Town at Tobainuma Natural Park

Tobainuma Natural park is a small rural area in Kawajima Town. The Tobainuma Natural Park has an Ichijiku farm and a fishing park. Both very rural, so nothing fancy and limited services. Ichijiku is a type of Japanese fig. Kawajima Town is the largest producer of Ichijiku in Saitama Prefecture.Read More →

pancake tuesday 2020

Pancakes are now a popular treat in Japan. Some even eat them for breakfast and it is very common to find them on a breakfast buffet menu. They are also popular for lunch and / or as a dessert. Many restaurants have pancakes on their menu and there are specialtyRead More →

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 →

Udon Summit Kumagaya

Udon Summit Kumagaya 2019 will be held on Saturday November 16th and Sunday November 17th from 10 am to 4 pm. Last month some of the world’s best rugby players battled it out in the Kumagaya Sports and Culture Park, now its the turn of Japan’s best udon producers!! TheRead More →

maternity hotel

Maternity stay diary Japan – “Day 4” was the fifth and final day of my postpartum hospital stay for a vaginal birth on baby #4 (as the day you give birth is day zero). On the day you get released the hospital treats you to a hairdo in the hair salon onRead More →

Day three of a five day hospital stay for a normal natural birth in Japan, the last full day (“birth”day is counted as day 0). The day of the facial and foot massage. Also, the last physical check-up for Mama, before being discharged from the hospital. Hospital Stay Japan I tookRead More →

Maternity hospital stay Japan – Day two brought more delicious food and even more amazing presents. It was also the day I got a professional massage in my room. Maternity hospital stay Japan Breakfast everyday is buffet style. They have a great selection of Western and Japanese breakfast foods. TheRead More →

Some photos of the food and the goodies on day one of a standard five-day stay (birth day is counted as day zero) in a Japanese maternity hotel… I mean hospital! Maternity Hotel! Below a photo of the breakfast, which was brought to my room the morning after I gaveRead More →