Yoshida rocket festival

An unique event for your list of things to do in Saitama: Information for the annual “ryusei” rocket festival in the Ogano area of the Chichibu District in Saitama Prefecture Japan. Read More →

Suneori amagoi rain praying festival tsurugashima

The rain praying dragon festival of Tsurugashima “Suneori Amagoi” is usually held in August every four years. This year, 2020, it was scheduled to be held in September. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak they initially thought of postponing the date and then ultimately cancelled it.  This festival has toRead More →

Crying dam mannequin pis monkey ogose akasakasawa dam

The crying dam and mannequin pis, Akasakazawa Dam, in the woods of the Kosugi area of Ogose hiking Town, Saitama Prefecture. The crying dam The Akasakazawa Dam is a dam of the Akasaka river, a tributary of the larger Mugihara river. It is nicknamed (and better known as) the cryingRead More →

Honda Airport plane and nanohana canola flowers

Arakawa Tarouemon and Honda Airport ~ In the midst of Covid-19 there are few places that feel safe. Indoors is definitely off the table. And this past week we’ve learned that the numbers of people in parks and cherry blossom locations also pose a risk. Even if those type ofRead More →

Green Tea Ceremony Saitama

Information Green tea ceremony at the National Women Education’s Center of Japan. Green tea ceremony direct inquiries to: 0081-493-626-723. Address: 728 Sugaya, Ranzan, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0221 Phone: 0493-62-6711 (Green tea ceremony: 0081-493-626-723.) Official website Japanese Official website English Special thanks to the Kawagoe Hiki Regional Promotion Center, Tobu TopRead More →

Seven Lucky Gods

Procession of the Seven Lucky Gods or the Seven Gods of Fortune, Yono, Saitama City. The procession of the Seven Lucky Gods is an annual New Year’s event in Yono in Saitama City, Japan. Each year it is held on the 3rd of January in the Kita Yono area. TheRead More →

New Year Races 2020

New Year Races – It is very common in my homeland of Ireland, for people to attend horse races during the winter holidays. Around where I lived it is the Leopardstown Races on St Stephen’s Day. Here in Japan, Christmas is not a main event, but New Years is like ourRead More →

Yoshida folk house saitama's oldest home in Ogawa machi Saitama japan

Yoshida Folk House in Ogawa town, Saitama. Yoshida Folk house has a very different atmosphere to any of the other folk / period houses I have personally visited in the past. I expected something like Toyama Memorial Museum with several rooms and a stunning garden in traditional Japanese style. However,Read More →

taiko experience with ondekoza

Taiko with Ondekoza – Traditional Japanese taiko is invigorating to watch, but it is even more exhilarating to play. But training with the esteemed Ondekoza taiko drum troupe is an experience an a whole other level. The afternoon I spent watching and playing taiko with some of my peers andRead 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 →