Kitamoto Neputa Festival insaitama.com

The Kitamoto Neputa Festival is held annually in early November. However, the event has been cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. In 2019 it was on Saturday the 2nd of November. You can read about my visit here (click). On the Sunday, the 3rd, there was anRead More →

Jougaya Embankment Cherry Blossom Bank Kitamoto

Jougaya Embankment Cherry Blossom Bank (Jougaya Tsutsumi Sakura Dote in Japanese), Kitamoto City, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. Jougaya Embankment Kitamoto City, on the eastern tip of the central area of Saitama Prefecture, has several cherry blossom viewing spots. One of the best known is the Jougaya Tsutsumi Cherry Blossom Bank sandwichedRead More →

Kitamoto Neputa Festival insaitama.com

Kitamoto Neputa Festival Report, November 2019 Kitamoto Neputa Festival History In 1991 a team of Kitamoto city officials visited Hirosaki in Aomori, the home of Neputa, to learn how to make the festival floats used in the parades. And to study the techniques used in painting the distinctive and captivatingRead More →

Kitamoto children's library

The Kitamoto city office is a modern building that houses lots of practical services in the one facility. It makes so much sense, but it is actually quite rare for a municipality to offer a cluster of public services in the same area. I get why they disperse them, thereRead More →

Kabazakura

The only Kabazakura in the world and one of the designated 5 great cherry blossoms of Japan. Kitamoto, Saitama Prefecture. Only one in the world Last year (2017) we went to visit Saitama’s most famous cherry blossom in Kitamoto. Designated one of Japan’s five “great” sakura, it is the onlyRead More →

School Lunch Japan – The School Lunch History Hall in Kitamoto although small is a surprisingly interesting history hall chronicling the evolution of school lunch in Japan. The building is just one floor, which only requires about half an hour to visit for an adult. With children you could spendRead More →

Kitamoto Children’s Center – free indoor play center “jidokan” We’ve been spending a bit of time at the Kitamoto Children’s Center this summer, as it is a great space for a bit of psychical activity as well as quiet play time. My older kids particularly love the climbing wall here,Read More →

Information on the free Glico Pia East tour where you can make your own Pocky on the Pocky tourRead More →

Kitamoto Children's park cherry blossoms

Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park 2012 to 2020! Kitamotoshi Kodomo Park is called Kitamoto Children’s Park in English. When I first wrote this blog post in 2012 I only had two children and they were both toddlers. Fast forward eight years and I now have four children aged between 5 and 10Read More →