setsubun kitain temple

Setsubun Kitain Temple Kawagoe – Setsubun is celebrated annually on February 3rd. (Except in 2021 when it fell on February 2nd for the first time in 124 years!) You can celebrate at home and / or at a setsubun event. Of the setsubun events the mamemaki (bean throwing) ceremony atRead More →

The Tanabata Festival (Star Festival) is held from August 4th to August 7th annually in Hikawa Shrine Kawagoe.  They have a Wind Chime event simultaneously. This year, 2020, on account of the Coronavirus they are not opening the religious services to the public, just priests, but they will have theRead More →

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 →

Strawberry Candle Flower

Strawberry Candle flowers and Lotus Grass in Kawagoe Strawberry candle flowers aka Crimson Clover is now in bloom in Japan. In this post: some general information about May flowers and Strawberry Candle Flowers. And for those living in Kawagoe; an off the beaten path location to see them. It isRead More →

Terrace cafe Hasunoka Cafe Kawagoe

Hasunoka Cafe is right across the road from the main entrance to Kitain Temple. As such, it is also close to Naritasan Temple. If you are looking for somewhere “safe”(from Covid) for a sit down coffee and / or a light meal near either of these temples, this is oneRead More →

Cherry Blossom Boat Ride, Night light up and river of pink petals at Shingashi River at the back of Hikawa Shrine February 18th 2021 – it was announced today that the public will not be able to take the boat ride in 2021 on account of the Coronavirus. However, atRead More →

shingashi river today

Daily life brought me to Kawagoe today, right by the Shingashi River. As I turned the corner to the street that runs along the river by Hikawa Shrine, I could see straight away that the cherry blossoms have opened. There are a few trees that are quite far along, butRead More →

kawazu zakura in sembagashi historical park in kawagoe city

Kawazu Zakura at Semba-gashi Historic Park, Kawagoe During the week I was searching online for Kawazu Zakura in Kawagoe. Its a search I’ve done several times over the last few years. In the past it has brought up the same old locations, that only have one or two trees. SuchRead More →

Oibukuro Bow Ceremony

The Oibukuro Bow Ceremony, also called Amasake Machi or Tofu Sashi is a Prefecture designated cultural property. There are three elements to this traditional festival, as indicated by each of the event names; archery, amazake and tofu! Oibukuro Bow Ceremony The ceremony used to be held on January 11th eachRead More →

10 cherry blossom spots Kawagoe from insaitama.com

10 places for cherry blossoms in Kawagoe in a Google Web Story. The image above this is actually a web story, unfortunately you need to be on a device (smart phone / tablet etc) to use it properly. It should still scroll automatically on a laptop, but it doesn’t goRead More →