Cherry Blossom Boat Ride, Night light up and river of pink petals at Shingashi River at the back of Hikawa Shrine February 18th 2021 – it was announced today that the public will not be able to take the boat ride in 2021 on account of the Coronavirus. However, atRead 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 →

Tokorozawa dolls festival

Tokorozawa Dolls Festival officially known as Tokorozawa Hina Monogatari from February 14th to March 14th 2021. The Tokorozawa Doll’s Festival Tokorozawa celebrates its doll production history with this “monogatari” festival. Monogatari are described as a narrative tale. They are believed to have developed from oral storytelling of fiction, that evenRead More →

Oibukuro Bow Ceremony

The Oibukuro Bow Ceremony, also called Amasake Machi or Tofu Sashi is a Prefecture designated cultural property. There are three elements to this traditional festival, as indicated by each of the event names; archery, amazake and tofu! Oibukuro Bow Ceremony The ceremony used to be held on January 11th eachRead More →

Dolls display toyama memorial museum

The Hina Dolls Display event at Toyama Memorial Museum in Kawajima has been cancelled in 2021 on account of the State of Emergency. Toyama Memorial Museum is a heritage home and kura (Japanese edo period storehouse) transformed into a small museum. The facilities are designated cultural properties. Due to theRead More →

Kawagoe Spring Festival 2020

The Kawagoe Official Event Information website has released the proposed date of the 31st Kawagoe Spring Festival in 2020. The opening date for the 2020 Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival has been scheduled for Saturday March 28th 2020 from 10 am to 4 pm. This event for 2020 has been cancelledRead 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 →

Iwatsuki floating dolls cancelled

Floating dolls Iwatsuki – Update February 26th 2020 – the 2020 Floating Dolls event in Iwatsuki has been cancelled due to the coronavirus. A truly enchanting event of the Dolls festival is the floating dolls of Iwatsuki. The dolls festival is celebrated every year on the 3rd of March inRead More →

Iwatsuki Dolls Festival 2020

Iwatsuki Dolls Festival – Iwatsuki is a very famous “Hina”, traditional Japanese doll, town often referred to as the “city of dolls”. Dolls have been made in Iwatsuki since the 17th century. The doll making of Iwatsuki was awarded the prestigious Traditional Craft Product designation by both the prefecture and the country. Iwatsuki Dolls Festival Until this yearRead 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 →