Treeing tree climbing in Saitama

“Treeing” is what they call tree climbing with ropes in Japan. It is a very popular event that is carried out periodically in Shinrin Park in Namegawa. Due to the coronavirus, the event was cancelled for a couple of months. However, the next dates for this treeing activity in ShinrinRead More →

Shinrin Park

Happy Spring Park –  Shinrin Park is Saitama’s largest and arguably best park. However, it is also one of the few that charge you to enter. Most of their activities cost extra too. It was Japan’s first national park, constructed as part of a Meiji centennial project. It’s official name isRead More →

Mushi mushi museum

Mushi Mushi Museum – Every year Shinrin Park have a small beetle museum in the West Gate Building. Until 2020 it was always over the summer, but this year it is opening in February! However, due to COVID-19 it was suspended on March 1st 2020. Currently, they have a noteRead More →

January 2020

January flowers, Saitama Prefecture, Japan. A week in photos. January 2020 week one. I say it often, because it is true, but my favorite month in Japan is January. There is so much to do in Japan in January. And as it is one of the driest months of theRead More →

starlight illumination

Starlight Illumination Shinrin park – is the last of the three annual night illumination displays held in the central gate area of the vast park. This year, 2019, it will run from Friday December 6th. It used to run until January, but for the last couple of years it has beenRead More →

The story of the forest and the lights Shinrin Park Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park Namegawa

The Story of the Forest and Lights is the name of the middle of three light up events at Shinrin park every year. Shinrin Park, also called Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park, was the very first National Government Park in all of Japan. It is located in Namegawa Town inRead More →

The 34th annual swamp festival is scheduled for Sunday the 20th of October 2019. However, if it is raining the event will not proceed and it will not be rescheduled. They will announce on their website at 5 pm on Saturday if they plan to cancel the event. The festivalRead More →

Cock’s comb and Kochia in Shinrin Park (Musashi Kyuryo Park) in the Hiki District of Saitama Prefecture, Japan, October 10th 2019. Typhoon number 19, or Typhoon Hagibis as the foreign press is calling it, is on its way. And by all accounts its a big one, possibly even the largestRead More →

Cockscomb shinrin park happy autumn festa

Happy Autumn Festa at Shinrin Park, also known as Musashi Kyoryu National Government Park, in Namegawa Town. The Happy Autumn Festa is not quite as large at the annual Happy Spring Festa, but it is a fun family event. From Saturday September 14th to bank holiday Monday September 16th atRead More →

Cockscomb shinrin park happy autumn festa

The plumed cockscomb, also known as Celosia, are a relatively recent addition to Shinrin Park. In the inaugral year they had about 50,000, but now there are approximately 500,000. They generally bloom the last week of August ( around August 23rd), and come into full bloom early September. Of courseRead More →