childrens sumo hachimangu kawagoe

Information for Kawagoe Hachimangu’s annual children’s sumo tournament. Unfortunately, but understandably, the 2020 competition was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. The next tournament will be held, hopefully, in June 2021. I will confirm the date closer to the time. 2019 Information The 12th annual children’s sumo tournament at Kawagoe’sRead More →

Kawagoe Festival

The 2020 Kawagoe festival is currently scheduled to go ahead – June 12th 2020. Please note that there are likely to be changes to the usual line up. There is also the possibility of cancellation. Kawagoe Festival The annual Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage Kawagoe festival is one of the largestRead More →

The Tanabata Festival is held on August 7th annually in Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe.  They have a Wind Chime event simultaneously. The shrine is decorated beautifully with bands of colour from the Tanabata wish strips. You can enjoy the decoration all day and add your own wish to the bamboo trees,Read More →

Kawagoe summer festival, also known as the Kawagoe Million Lights Summer Festival is held at the end of July annually. However, in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the festival will not go ahead.  Only 30 minutes from Tokyo, the historic town of Kawagoe is a popular place to experienceRead More →

Wind chimes at Kawagoe HIkawa Shrine

Wind chimes at Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine 2020. On June 21st the shrine announced that they had finally made a decision about their popular summer events. At that time, they decided to completely cancel the pinwheel event and to postpone the wind chimes event. However, on July 2nd they posted toRead More →

Floral water basin

Hachimangu is one of several shrines in Kawagoe with a long rich history. It is a “ichinomiya” meaning it was the first shrine of the Hachimangu sect in Kawagoe. (There are older shrines, such as Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine, in Kawagoe). Kawagoe Hachimangu was founded in 1030 A.D. by Minamoto Yorinobu.Read More →

Kawagoe hachimangu Chinowa Kuguri 2020

Chinowa Kuguri 2020 Kawagoe. I find the summers in Japan very tough. Its not so much the heat as the humidity. That is why we always escape back to Ireland. However, this year due to the Coronavirus outbreak there are no flights home and we are stuck in Japan forRead More →

Bagna Cauda and creative cuisine restaurant Modesty crea mall kawagoe

Continuing with the take-out series, today I am introducing Modesty a creative cuisine restaurant in local Kawagoe. I say local, because this is one is off the beaten tourist path of Kawagoe. It is in Crea Mall, a pedestrianized shopping area, that is popular with locals for shopping, entertainment andRead More →

Kawagoe bakery raku raku

Kawagoe Bakery Raku Raku is possibly the most popular bakery in Kawagoe. It is certainly one of the busiest and most famous. Raku Raku is one of dozens of eateries in Kawagoe offering take out and delivery services during the Saitama State of Emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak. KawagoeRead More →

Vegetable Plate at Yururi Cafe kawagoe

Today’s Lunch (Kyou no gohan in Japanese) Yururi Cafe is a trendy cafe beside Renkeiji in the tourist district of Kawagoe. Hereafter “Yururi Cafe” for short. During the Coronavirus outbreak they have take out and delivery options available until May 6th. From May 6th there is no delivery, but thereRead More →