Saiboku no Mori climbing wall

Saiboku No Mori, Saiboku Headquarters, Hidaka, Saitama, Japan! In September 2019 Saiboku Ham opened a new play area for kids where the putter golf used to be. It is a beautifully manicured hilly area of grass, with ten pieces of athletic playground equipment. Saiboku Saiboku Ham is the headquarters ofRead More →

Best Saitama Flowers 2019

Saitama flowers – I’m writing up my “want to go” list for 2020 and reflecting on the year gone by. In 2019 lots of places were crossed off my want-to-go list, but a few I didn’t make it to will naturally be added to the 2020 list. I did soRead More →

Cafe Pour Toi #cafehoppingsaitama #higashimatsuyama

Cafe Pour Toi, Higashimatsuyama Instagram is a great resource for finding cafes in Saitama that aren’t easily found elsewhere online. Cafe Pour Toi is a point in case. They don’t have a dedicated website, but instead use a Facebook page. Their page wasn’t how I found them, it is quiteRead More →

Favourite photo friday

Once upon a time “Favourite Photo Friday” was a regular weekly post on Saitama with kids. I’ve since deleted many of those posts, because they weren’t informative enough. The blog took a turn from a blog-blog to a website-blog and the favourite photo Friday feature lost its place. The emphasisRead More →

My best friend Fiona inspired this post as she is a “foodie”!  More on her to come, but for now Sunday’s special for the month of NaBloPoMo is a “slice of life” (pardon the pun) type snippet on preschool life in Japan. Preschool in Japan is 3 years long. IRead More →

A comment by the lovely And Three To Go on my “These are brilliant” post , made me realize that Japan is not synonymous with being “family friendly “. Here in the Kanto plain* it definitely deserves that accolade.  I have found living and travelling in Japan with young children to be veryRead More →