setsubun festival

The Setsubun festival at Fudougaoka Fudouson Souganji Temple in Kazo is famous throughout Kanto and beyond. (Souganji / Soganji / Sogan Temple is one of the three major Fudo Temples.) The festival has been carried out for almost 400 years. Apart from the common practice of mamemaki, throwing beans toRead More →

Kazo City Heiwa Festival

The Kazo Heiwa or Peace Festival is held on May 3rd annually. May 3rd is a national public holiday that falls during Golden Week. The festival is a type of spring festival, but the highlight is the jumbo carp streamer. It is the world’s longest carp shaped windsock. The carpRead More →

Wisteria at Tamashiki Shrine

Another wisteria spot in Saitama for you today – this time in Kazo City. This time, one that is quite famous. Not Ashikaga famous, but locally famous. Tamashiki shrine in Kazo may not be nationally famous for its wisteria, but it is for its kagura. The Kagura of Tamashiki ShrineRead More →

Saito Goma Fire walking festival Kazo

Every September in the City of Kazo there is a fire walking ceremony, 柴燈護摩火渡り式, steeped in ritual and history, held at Sougan-ji Temple in Kazo City. Currently, the festival has not yet been cancelled for 2020 (September 1st 2020), but there is every chance it will be cancelled in theRead More →

sweet potato digging

Musashi no Mura Family Land in the Green’s annual sweet potato digging farm opened on September 19th. It will stay open for as long as there are sweet potato to dig! That’s normally until around the end of October or early to mid November. In September you can also pickRead More →

Hanasaki summer pools

Hanasaki Summer Pools at Kazo Hanasaki Park. The pools will not open to the public in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, several of the other facilities such as bike rental and barbecue are currently closed too. They maybe available at a later date, but the pools will notRead More →

Tafune at Ukiya No Sato from official facebook page

Information for the Ukiya No Sato Iris Festival and boat ride. The featured image ↑ of the tafune is from the official Ukiya no Sato facebook page. The 2020 Iris Festival and Ukiya no Sato Tafune Boat ride has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus. Every year mid June there isRead More →

CESS Tangible Earth

CESS ~ The centre for Environmental Science in Saitama, or the much more manageable “CESS” for short, is a unique museum in Kazo City, Saitama. It was designed to create awareness and educate about the environment. Particularly, it focuses on the impact of our lifestyles on the ecology and ideasRead More →

Musashi no mura water play plaza 2019

Musashi no Mura family land in the green offers a number of ways to cool down in the summer. One is the mist tunnel, the largest of its kind in the Kanto region. There are also outdoor pools opening mid-July. They have a snow festival in August which is aRead More →

Kona's Coffee

A new branch of Kona’s Coffee Hawaiian Pancake House opened this month in Kazo City. There is a whole new development in the area where it opened: around Viva Home in the Shimotakayanagi area of Kazo. Kona’s Coffee is a Hawaiian style pancake and coffee house restaurant with branches allRead More →