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 →

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 2021, but there is every chance it will be cancelled in the coming weeks. PleaseRead More →

Hanasaki summer pools

Hanasaki Summer Pools at Kazo Hanasaki Park. The pools were closed in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus, however they are planning to open them in 2021. They will be open from Saturday July 31st to Sunday August 29th 2021. It was announced on July 29th that the pools willRead More →

Water hyacinth Kazo

Each year in August thousands of water hyacinth bloom at a roadside station in Kazo City. Doyono Furusato Otone Roadside Station attracts thousands of visitors each year when the water hyacinth are in bloom. Water hyacinth is native to the tropics. Supposedly they came to Japan in the Meiji era.Read 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 →