What an absolutely fabulous selection of festivals on offer the first weekend of the summer school holidays. There is something for everyone in Saitama the weekend of July 16th to 20th. From the very traditional, history rich Japanese festivals, to a taste of Brazil in a Summer Carnival. From family friendly childrenRead More →

Tokyo 2020 skateboarding training camp Konosu Saitama with kids saitama olympics

Ever wondered if skateboarding is legal (and safe!) in Saitama? The good news is yes and yes. And one place you can enjoy skateboarding in Saitama is Kamiya Park, which has a designated skateboard park. It opened a few months ago in the winter of 2015 in Konosu. This multi-useRead More →

The Kõnosu Fireworks have created a place for themselves, as one of the larger and more exciting firework displays in the Greater Tokyo Area. They are quite new in the greater scheme of things, this year (2015) marking the 14th time they are being held. However, they really made their mark last year, when they setRead More →

What an absolutely fabulous hotchpotch of festivals on offer this weekend. There is something for everyone in Saitama this weekend. From the very traditional, history rich Japanese festivals, to a taste of Brazil in a Summer Carnival. From family friendly children processions to beer garden alcohol laden adult friendly festivals! Read More →

Konosu dolls' festival

Dolls festival – Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a short bullet train (shinkansen) ride from Tokyo. The dolls are displayed in the mall at the station. Dolls festival The doll festival is celebrated on March 3rd, annually, for girl’s dayRead More →

Today, the 1st of September, is Disaster Prevention Day, on the anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake. This year marks the 90th anniversary of that fatal day in 1923. This morning the Public Address (PA) System wailed its sirens at 6.30am. These sirens sound like the sirens you hear inRead More →

Putting out a simulated fire at Saitama Prefectural Learning Disaster Center in Konosu

… all simulated, thankfully, in the Saitama’s free Disaster training center! Friday, in our ever enjoyable quest to try something new everyday, we ventured to the Saitama Prefecture Center for Disaster Training in Konosu. I was very impressed with the set-up and experiences on offer at this free center. IRead More →