New Year Races 2020

New Year Races – It is very common in my homeland of Ireland, for people to attend horse races during the winter holidays. Around where I lived it is the Leopardstown Races on St Stephen’s Day. Here in Japan, Christmas is not a main event, but New Years is like ourRead More →

Shimozato Elementary school from Non Non Biyori anime and famed for cherry blossoms

Shimozato Elementary School is a historic building and tourist attraction in Ogawa town, Saitama. The school is somewhat off the main tourist trail. However, two groups of people know it well. Fans of Non Non Biyori know it as the anime school Ashigaoka. And it is also well known byRead More →

Kawajima swans

Kawajima Swans – October 14th update. Swan watch is on! The longterm weather reports and indeed the colder than normal Autumn to date are forewarning a colder than average winter in the Northern hemisphere. If true, the tundra swans will migrate from Siberia sooner rather than later. In recent yearsRead More →

Ishihara Mokkokan is a small mall of eateries and galleries near the Penny Candy Alley area of Kawagoe. Despite its location it is somewhat off the beaten track and mainly enjoyed by locals. There are two reasons for this. One is that it is not on many of the touristRead More →

I was living in the Kawagoe area many years before I stumbled upon a curious little shop off the beaten track, which has intrigued and enthralled me ever since. The name of the shop is as ambiguous as the products and services they offer. The kanji over the door 浪漫 canRead More →