Lucky Star Washinomiya Shrine

Washinomiya Shrine (previously Washimiya Shrine) is known as the oldest shrine in the Kanto region. It is located in Kuki City, Saitama Prefecture, just North of Tokyo. There is a lot a debate over the age of the shrine. Some put it at 1900 years old, which actually wouldn’t makeRead More →

Lavender field in Kuki City

There are several different lavender fields in Kuki City, mostly within the vicinity of City Hall Shobu Branch. Between them they grow three different type of lavender: Hidcote (English lavender), Lavandula Grosso (French lavender) and Lavandula stoechas (Spanish lavender). The site at Kuki City Hall, known as Lavender Street, growsRead More →

blue festival lavendar iris

Blue Festival Kuki – It’s not missing an “s” and its nothing to do with music; the blue festival in Kuki is in celebration of blue (or blue-ish!) flowers that bloom at this time of year. It amalgamates two long running flower festivals – the Iris festival and the LavenderRead More →

kuki renge festival

Renge Kuki City Renge is, from my understanding, a type of lotus flower that grows in the grass rather than a marsh. Kuki City is famous for its renge. It blooms from around the end of the first week of April until early May. It is a delicate purple flower.Read More →

Satte Summer Festival

The main weekend of the Satte Summer Festival is usually the 2nd weekend in July. The 2020 event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. At this moment in time, May 2020, the Satte Prefectural Government has not cancelled or announced changes to this event. Due to the currentRead More →

Halloween Kawagoe and halloween events saitama and Halloween seibuen

Halloween Kuki The Halloween parade in Mallage Shobu shopping mall in Kuki requires pre-registration. And as it is a very popular event they tend to close the entry application soon after it opens as they reach maximum numbers very quickly. So if you would like to participate in the 2019Read More →

father christmas santa ario washinomiya

Santa Washinomiya Ario in Kuki City Washinomiya Ario in Kuki city have taken a different angle on the typical Santa meet and greet with this lively and unusual Santa Claus.  He will be visiting the mall on Saturday December 8th from 1 pm and again at 3 pm. Apart fromRead More →