Konosu surprising dolls festival, Japan's largest hina dolls pyramid

Information for, and an account of, visiting Japan’s largest Dolls festival display at the Konosu Surprising Dolls Festival or Konosu Bikkuri Hina Matsuri in Japanese. 鴻巣びっくりひな祭り。 Japan’s largest dolls festival pyramid display “Konosu Doll Pyramid” in Konosu, Saitama Prefecture, is just a 50 minute train ride from Ueno station inRead More →

Seven Lucky Gods Yono

A pilgrimage for New Years: the Procession of the Seven Lucky Gods, or the Seven Gods of Fortune, Yono, Saitama City. Information for the parade as well as the limited edition Seven Lucky God stamps. The Seven ‘Fukujin’ Lucky Gods are Ebisu, Daikokuten, Bishamonten, Benzaiten, Jurojin, Hotei, Fukurokuju and Kichijoten.Read More →

Yoshida rocket festival

The Chichibu Rocket Festival is most commonly referred to by its Japanese name “Ryusei Matsuri” even in English, possibly due to the uniqueness of this 400 year old festival. Ryusei literally means dragon power. The Ryusei Festival, or “Chichibu Yoshida Dragon Power”, is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural PropertyRead More →

koma river somei yoshino cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms along the Koma River at the Izumicho Sakura Embankment in Sakado City, Saitama. Koma River Cherry Blossoms Sakado There are several places you can see cherry blossoms along the Koma River in Saitama Prefecture. But perhaps the best known are those at the Izumicho Sakura embankment beside SakuraRead More →