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 →

Kawajima rose festival rose tunnel wading river

Kawajima Rose Festival – Heisei No Mori Park in Kawajima Town is home to the longest rose tunnel in Japan. It isn’t a huge park, but it is very nice for children. There is a really fun playground and in the summer there is a nice wading river. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjARQI6gJgE/ TheRead More →

Otourou festival matsuri iruma otorou otoro

The Otourou Festival Iruma was scheduled for Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th 2021. However, it has since been cancelled on account of the Coronavirus. Otourou is one of those words that is hard to translate into English. The word is actually “tourou” and the “o” in front isRead More →

white peony at peony festival yakyu inari

Peony Festival at Yakyu Inari Shrine – Yakyu Inari Shrine is located in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama, just 1 hour and 10 minutes from Ikebukuro on the Tobu Tojo line.  It is one of many shrines to the God Inari. However, what makes it special is that its Chinese characters (“Yakyu” 箭弓) are pronouncedRead More →

Shibazakura Matsuri

Shibazakura Matsuri Chichibu in 2021– In 2020, Hitsujiyama Park had every intention to go ahead with the shibazakura festival. However, when a State of Emergency was declared the event was cancelled. Moreover,  the shibazakura hill was completely closed off to the public in 2020. However, in 2021 they are onceRead More →

Azalea Monomiyama Azalea festival

The Azalea (Tsutsuji in Japanese) on Monomiyama bloom from around mid April to early May. In fact, its not uncommon to be able to see some azalea as early as end of March. However, the main / prime viewing period doesn’t start until mid April. Higashimatsuyama have not yet announcedRead More →

Iwadono Kannon Shoboji Higashimatsuyama

Iwadono Kannon is the most common name used for Shoboji temple in Higashimatsuyama. However, on Google maps its called Shōbōji and that is the name that has stuck with me. The legendary gingko tree at Shoboji is one of my personal favorite posts on this blog! But there is moreRead More →

Hanno Hina

Hanno Hina – Almost every city and town in Japan display hina dolls for the dolls festival leading up to girls day, March 3rd, annually. But some towns or cities celebrate the dolls festival in a bigger way. In Saitama the four cities best known for their dolls festival hinaRead 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 →