Ranzan Autumn leaves from Chokotabi

Ranzan Autumn leaves festival, walk and gourmet at Ranzan Gorge, also referred to as Ranzan Valley. Here’s hoping that ‘third time’s a charm’. The event was cancelled in 2019 after substantial damage from Typhoon Hagibis. And it was cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The event isRead More →

Inomata

Inomata Hundred Light festival, or Inomata 108 lights, is one of 312 Important Intangible Folk Properties of Japan. It is held annually on the 15th of August in the Inomata area of Misato in the Kodama District of Saitama. It is the bon ceremony of the town with an approximateRead More →

Denjiro's Science Show

Denjiro ‘s fascinating science show in Koshigaya on January 11th 2021, rescheduled from May 15 2020. Many of you will be familiar with the genius scientist, Yonemura Denjiro, who appears on national TV frequently with his funny, wacky and fascinating science experiments. On January 11th 2021 there is a rareRead More →

Shimokubo dam and Kanna Lake Saitama / Gunma

I have been to several dams in Japan over the years. They are all very picturesque and the engineering admirable. I never really had a favorite… until earlier this month. I was instantly bewitched when I visited the Shimokubo Dam that straddles Fujioka City in Gunma and Kamikawa town inRead More →

Kanasana shrine Kamikawa

Kanasana Shrine is a rare type of shrine that preserves koshinto, the old form of shinto worship. At Kanasana they venerate the entire mountain, Mt Mitake, as a God in the back of the worship hall. Supposedly there are only three shrines of this kind in all of Japan. Also,Read More →

Houkou Ichijiku (Japanese fig) farm in Kawajima Town at Tobainuma Natural Park

Tobainuma Natural park is a small rural area in Kawajima Town. The Tobainuma Natural Park has an Ichijiku farm and a fishing park. Both very rural, so nothing fancy and limited services. Ichijiku is a type of Japanese fig. Kawajima Town is the largest producer of Ichijiku in Saitama Prefecture.Read More →

winter cherry blossom festival and light up

The annual winter cherry blossom festival “Fuyuzakura Matsuri” in Jomine Park, Kamikawa (Kodama district, Saitama) is scheduled to go ahead as normal despite the Coronavirus. Some trees already have blooms, others have buds and are currently showing signs of coming into bloom. It is expected the cherry blossoms will bloomRead More →

Cosmos at Aina water park

Cosmos flowers at Aina Water Park, October in Saitama. Aina Water Park Aina water park is a riverside park used by locals in Kawagoe. It is along the Iruma river. For the most part, this stretch of the Iruma river is not suited to water play. However, there is another,Read More →

Floral water font saimyouji

LGBTQ+ friendly and discrimination free 800 year old Saimyouji, Kawagoe. (The temple is also known as Yokoyama Saimyouji or Saimyoji or Saimyo / Saimyou Temple.) LGBTQ+ A few months ago I accidentally caught a snippet of a TV report of a temple, Saimyouji, in Kawagoe performing same sex marriages. OnlyRead More →

Nagatoro Autumn leaves

The best time to view Autumn leaves in Nagatoro is generally November. Stretching 6 kilometers along the Ara river from Iwadatami, resplendent fall colours decorate the Nagatoro Valley. Trees include Momiji, Kunugi and Oak. Taking the famous Kudari line down the river is a great way to take in theRead More →