chipmunks saitama

Chipmunks, Saitama City – a free chipmunk garden in an agricultural area in Saitama City. Chipmunks in Saitama City “Squirrel House” is the official English name of the free furry friends attraction in Saitama City. Contrary to what that conjures up, it is an outdoor attraction. Not large enough toRead More →

Primroses Saitama

Primroses Saitama – During mid April – generally the 3rd Saturday and Sunday of April – the city of Saitama host a number of Japanese primrose “Sakurasou” festivals. However, in 2020 and 2021 things are different on account of the Coronavirus. There will only be one event at the southRead More →

cherry blossoms and rapeseed

Do you recognize the featured image? This used to be the “iconic” cherry blossom and rapeseed photo for Saitama Prefecture. You couldn’t look up 埼玉県 and 桜と菜の花 (Saitama Prefecture and cherry blossoms with rapeseed) without pulling up pages and pages of this image. It was used in blog posts, brochures,Read More →

cherry blossoms and yellow flowers Omiya Hana no Oka Saitama City

Park in Saitama City with flowers every month of the year. The featured photo was updated with a photo taken on March 23rd 2021. As you can see, the cherry blossoms are currently nearing full bloom. You can see cherry blossoms with tulips and other flowers at this park. OmiyaRead More →

Saitama Wabi Sabi Festival – Wabi Sabi is usually a 2 day cultural festival held in Omiya park. However, in 2020, on account of the Coronavirus outbreak it will be a one day event held online. As such, it will be quite different to normal, with just online performances toRead More →

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination 2017

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination – Saitama Shintoshin’s Keyaki Hiroba’s annual winter illumination will start on November 7th 2020 and will run until Valentine’s Day 2021. Important update: they have suspended the event on account of the State of Emergency. The State of Emergency ends on February 8th, whether the illumination willRead More →

taishou period festival yono urawa saitama city

The 2020 Taishou period festival in Urawa has been cancelled on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. 2019 information Taishou (or Taisho) period festival in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm. The Taishou period was between 1912 and 1926. Yono in Urawa WardRead More →

Keyaki Beer Festival

The Keyaki Autumn Beer Festival has been cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The spring festival was initially postponed and then cancelled too. Hopefully, by 2021 we’ll be able to enjoy this keenly awaited bi-annual event.  2019 Information. For those that live in the area this festivalRead More →

Kita Urawa Awa Odori dancers from the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Kita Urawa Awa Odori – the 2020 event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Summer maybe officially over, but there are still a couple of lingering summer festivals on in Saitama this weekend. For one, the Kita Urawa Awa Odori competition as part of the Urawa festivals. TheRead More →

Yono summer festival

Yono is an area within Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. Each area within Saitama City has their own summer festival. And often there own fireworks too. The Yono Summer Festival (Yono Natsu Matsuri) is normally on the second weekend of July. This year, 2020, the festival – along with dozens ofRead More →