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 →

Saito Goma Fire walking festival Kazo

Every September in the City of Kazo there is a fire walking ceremony, 柴燈護摩火渡り式, steeped in ritual and history, held at Sougan-ji Temple in Kazo City. Currently, the festival has not yet been cancelled for 2020 (September 1st 2020), but there is every chance it will be cancelled in theRead More →

Horo festival Kawagoe – a religious celebration and unique cultural event. This colourful, only in Japan, festival is held at Furuoya Hachiman Shrine in the Furuya area of Kawagoe. The Horo Festival is a Prefecture designated cultural intangible folk property. The festival starts at 1 pm with performances. Around 2Read 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 →

Yamato water

Yamato natural spring water is one of Japan’s “top 100 water” as selected by the Ministry of the Environment. Some people call the water Fuppugawa water. The spring water is pumped from the source at the 100 Tatami Mat Rock on Mt Kamabuse (585 metres) to a more accessible locationRead 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 →