‘Tapioca and Tart’ at Layer cafe, located along the Arakawa riverbed on the grounds of a Karinto factory in Fukaya. Layer Cafe Layer cafe opened on the grounds of Asahi Karinto’s Hanazono factory in April 2020. Karinto is a type of sweet deep fried traditional Japanese snack food. The front
Fukaya Sunflowers While driving to Northern Saitama today, along the Saikai Kaido (aka route 140) beautiful tall sunflowers already in full bloom captured my attention. Actually, in fairness, I think I spotted a camera man first on the foot path. I remember having the fleeting thought ‘ooh, wonder what he’s
Yano Fishing Park is located in a valley in Kamikawa Town in the Northern (Kodama) area of Saitama Prefecture, right on the border of Gunma Prefecture. Kamikawa Town doesn’t get a lot of publicity. With the result it is one of the most unspoiled areas of Saitama Prefecture. However, Kamikawa
Hoanji is a 400 year old temple in Kumagaya City, Saitama. It is regarded locally as an hydrangea temple. However, it is not “thee” hydrangea temple: the most famous one is Nogoji. Nogoji’s hydrangea are off limits in 2021. Thankfully Hoan-ji is open to the public and welcomes hydrangea hunters!
The Naked Men Festival, Kamikawa, Saitama. Naked Men Festival The naked men festival is on the 19th of November annually, in Kamikawa town, Saitama prefecture. And during the time the festival is on there is also a winter cherry blossom festival on a ten minute drive away. The cherry blossoms
Moss phlox, sunflowers, marigolds, night illumination and other seasonal blooms at Marigold Hill in Honjo City in Northern Saitama Moss phlox aka Shibazakura The moss phlox of Hitsujiyama in Chichibu need lead introduction to people living in the Kanto Plain of Japan. I think the image of the pink, purple
Wanpaku Land, also known as Big Turtle, in Sengenyama Park, Fukaya City. Sengenyama Park Sengenyama park (not to be confused with Miharashi on Sengenyama) is a medium sized park in Fukaya city. The main function of the park seems to be offer citizens sporting opportunities. There are several sporting facilities