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 →

hatsumode saitama kitain hatsumode Japanese new year tradition

Kitain Hatsumode – Hatsumode is the first visit to, and homage at, a temple or shrine. It is a traditional New Year’s tradition. Kitain is a popular place for Hatsumode as the temple is known for family safety, traffic safety, personal safety and healing. The Kitain Hatsumode is from JanuaryRead More →

Kawagoe Festival

When is the Kawagoe Festival? The Kawagoe Festival is held annually on the third Saturday and Sunday of October. This year, 2020, that is Saturday October 17th and Sunday October 18th. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festival has been cancelled this year. The 2020 Kawagoe festival is currentlyRead More →

Cosmos at Aina water park

Cosmos flowers at Aina Water Park, October in Saitama. Aina Water Park Aina water park is a riverside park used by locals in Kawagoe. It is along the Iruma river. For the most part, this stretch of the Iruma river is not suited to water play. However, there is another,Read More →

Floral water font saimyouji

LGBTQ+ friendly and discrimination free 800 year old Saimyouji, Kawagoe. (The temple is also known as Yokoyama Saimyouji or Saimyoji or Saimyo / Saimyou Temple.) LGBTQ+ A few months ago I accidentally caught a snippet of a TV report of a temple, Saimyouji, in Kawagoe performing same sex marriages. OnlyRead More →

Sweet potato

Kawagoe is famous for many things, not least its sweet potatoes. Even the city’s main mascot Tokimo is a mash (if you’ll pardon the pun!) of the sweet potato “imo” and the symbol of Kawagoe the bell tower “Toki”. Moreover, there is even a “Kawagoe Imo” which refers to sweetRead More →

Handmade bakery Nicori Kawagoe

Homemade bakery Nicori Kawagoe is a small, but popular take-out bakery in ‘local’ Kawagoe; outside the tourist area. It is only open a couple of years (since 2018), but is well established in the neighborhood. It attracts custom from out of town too. Whenever we visit I have seen regRead More →

Horo festival Kawagoe – a religious celebration and unique cultural event. This colourful, only in Japan, festival is held at Furuoya Hachiman Shrine in the Furuya area of Kawagoe. The Horo Festival is a Prefecture designated cultural intangible folk property. The festival starts at 1 pm with performances. Around 2Read More →

Starbucks Kanetsuki Street Kawagoe Japan

This is a long overdue post about the famous Starbucks on Kanetsuki Street in the old warehouse district of Kawagoe. The branch opened in March 2018 and most of the photos in this post are actually from back then! But it hasn’t changed much in the two years since itRead More →