naked men festival

The Naked Men Festival, Kamikawa, Saitama. Naked Men Festival The naked men festival is on the 19th of November annually, in Kamikawa town, Saitama prefecture. And during the time the festival is on there is also a winter cherry blossom festival on a ten minute drive away. The cherry blossomsRead More →

Shimokubo dam and Kanna Lake Saitama / Gunma

I have been to several dams in Japan over the years. They are all very picturesque and the engineering admirable. I never really had a favorite… until earlier this month. I was instantly bewitched when I visited the Shimokubo Dam that straddles Fujioka City in Gunma and Kamikawa town inRead More →

Kanasana shrine Kamikawa

Kanasana Shrine is a rare type of shrine that preserves koshinto, the old form of shinto worship. At Kanasana they venerate the entire mountain, Mt Mitake, as a God in the back of the worship hall. Supposedly there are only three shrines of this kind in all of Japan. Also,Read More →

Jomine Park Campsite / Camping ground Saitama prefecture Japan

Jomine Park (or Jyomine Park) on Mt Jomine, by Lake Kanna and the haunted Shimokubo dam in Kamikawa, Saitama on the border of Fujioka City, Gunma. Jomine Park It was a dream come true finally staying in Jomine Park Camping grounds during the winter cherry blossom and autumn leaf season.Read More →

winter cherry blossom festival and light up

The annual winter cherry blossom festival “Fuyuzakura Matsuri” in Jomine Park, Kamikawa (Kodama district, Saitama) is scheduled to go ahead as normal despite the Coronavirus. Some trees already have blooms, others have buds and are currently showing signs of coming into bloom. It is expected the cherry blossoms will bloomRead More →

Super God Festival

Now this is definitely a first for me… a Super God Festival! I automatically envisioned some sort of religious event when I heard the name, but I think it is more a pun on the name of the town the event is being held in. Kamikawa town is written inRead More →