Cherry Blossom Boat Ride, Night light up and river of pink petals at Shingashi River at the back of Hikawa Shrine The tentative date for the Cherry Blossom Boat Ride down the Shingashi River at the back of Kawagoe Hikawa Shrine has been set for Saturday April 4th 2020. NewsRead 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

An air base cherry blossom festival in Saitama Prefecture, more info on insaitama.com

An Air Base Cherry Blossom Festival in Saitama Prefecture, Japan ~ Cherry blossoms are on the way! With the plum blossoms already blooming, much earlier than usual, it is a surely a positive indicator that the cherry blossoms will also be early this year. The “experts” seem to think soRead More →