Yuruchara mascot summit mascot festival

Yuruchara Mascot Summit 2020 – Kanto’s largest character and mascot summit with a Guinness World Record certificate to prove it! Last year, 2019, it celebrated its 10th anniversary. When and where is the big annual mascot event near Tokyo? The beloved annual Yuruchara, or mascot summit, event is held annuallyRead More →

Yoshida rocket festival

An unique event for your list of things to do in Saitama: Information for the annual “ryusei” rocket festival in the Ogano area of the Chichibu District in Saitama Prefecture Japan. Read More →

Moroyama Spring Yabusame

Yabusame is the military art of discharging an arrow at a target while riding on a running horse. Each year in both Autumn and Spring Moroyama town celebrates this ancient military art form. The festival in Moroyama has been celebrated for the last 950 years. Moroyama is the only place in Saitama whereRead More →

What to expect at a “dezome shiki” – an unique to Japan New Year Firefighters celebration with several elements including parades, demonstrations and traditional performances. Read More →

Tokorozawa Dezome Shiki Saitama Prefecture

Dezome Shiki locations in Saitama Prefecture. Happy New year! The first day of 2020, filled with anticipation and hope. I want to start off the 2020 blog posts with a post related to something I personally feel very deeply about. The work of firefighters. I have a sincere and deepRead More →

ogano gun festival

Ogano Gun Festival – Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. Known unofficially as the “finale of the Chichibu festival” the event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. It is alwaysRead More →

ageo doro inkyo mud festival

The Hirakata Gion Doroinkyo Mud Festival is not only an “Only in Japan” festival, it is an “Only one of its kind” festival. Due to the uniqueness, illustriousness and rarity of this special event it has been designated an intangible folk cultural asset by Saitama Prefecture. It is held annually onRead More →

Bonsai Seikouen saika bonsai

Saika Bonsai Saika Bonsai is a modern type of bonsai invented by the fifth generation bonsai master Yamada of Seikouen. Seikouen is one of the six bonsai gardens in the bonsai village in Omiya ward, Saitama City. Ms Yamada recognised that bonsai needed reinvention to appeal to a larger audience.Read More →

Santa Tochigi

Santa Tochigi Meet and Greets / Santa Photo / Santa Spots 2018 – I have saved the best for last! This is the 7th and final round up by prefecture of places you can get a Santa photo or meet / greet Santa in the Kanto Plain.Saitama | Tokyo |Read More →

Ibaraki Santa Mitsui Outlet Iruma Santa Mori Town Santa

Ibaraki Santa Meet and Greets 2018 – Places you can visit Santa Claus in Ibaraki in Winter 2018. Unfortunately, some places already had Santa visit earlier in December, such as Toys R Us in Tsukuba and Premium Outlets in Ami on the 9th.  Ibaraki Santa 🎅Hitachi Naka Seaside Park Santa Claus isRead More →