Otourou festival matsuri iruma otorou otoro

Tentative information for the 2022 Otourou Festival in Iruma. The event was cancelled in 2021 on account of the Coronavirus. Otourou festival Otourou is one of those words that is hard to translate into English. The word is actually “tourou” and the “o” in front is honorific. The Otourou festivalRead More →

Shibazakura Matsuri

Shibazakura Matsuri Chichibu in 2022. Tentative information for the moss phlox in Hitsujiyama Park in 2022. In 2021 the Shibazakura festival was one of only a few festivals that went ahead. However, it was very different to a ‘regular’ year with no food stalls or festival booths. At least itRead More →

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 →

kasukabe odako fireworks

There will be no Odako Fireworks Kasukabe in 2021. They were also cancelled in 2020 due to the Coronavirus. The fireworks are quite small with just (approximately) 320 starmines and 50 smaller fireworks. They are launched annually as the finale to the traditional summer festival that starts around 3.30 pm.Read More →

Chikozan Greenery and Iris Festival

Greenery and Iris festival at Chikozan Park Zoo in Sayama – Every year in June, the excellent Chikozan Park in Sayama City has a greenery and iris festival. It usually falls on the second Saturday and Sunday of June. They put up festival lanterns the week of the festival. ThereRead More →

kisai hydrangea festival

Kisai Hydrangea Season in Kazo, Saitama Prefecture, in 2021. Until May 13th 2021 the annual hydrangea festival at The Way of the Wisteria and Hydrangea in Kazo was scheduled to go ahead. However, sometime between then and May 28th the prefecture posted a notification to say that the festival willRead More →

Nagatoro Green leaves light up

Nagatoro spring leaves light up 2021 – In Japan they have a word for new leaves on a tree 新緑 “Shinryoku” which literally translates as ‘new green’. It is often translated into ‘fresh green’ in English. It is not a word we use in Ireland and it doesn’t really conveyRead More →