Samba Festival Soka

Spark Carnival – The 33rd annual spark carnival, one of a collective of Omiya Summer Festivals, was due to be held on August 1st 2020. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the carnival was cancelled along with dozens of other festivals in Saitama City. The carnival is generally held onRead More →

Wading river and splash pool at Saitama Children's Zoo saitama children's animal nature park

Wading pool Saitama Children’s Zoo – It is hard to believe it is already the time of year for wading pools and rivers. Las year, things were quite different with so much still unknown about the Coronavirus. Normally, the wading / splash pool in the Children’s Zoo opens for theRead More →

omiya nisshin tanabata

The Omiya Nisshin Tanabata Festival is one of several “Omiya Summer Festivals”. It is held annually on tanabata, August 7th*, and the preceding day – tanabata eve! However, in 2020 all of Saitama City’s summer festivals have been cancelled on account of the coronavirus outbreak. Official notification of cancellation. *TanabataRead More →

coleus flowers at shinrin park summer 2020 saitama

Summer flowers around the central gate of Shinrin Park, Namegawa, in 2020. The weather forecast predicted a cloudy day, not ideal for photographing flowers, but great for avoiding sunburn and sunstroke. I thought it would comfortable weather for a five kilometre walk to take in the summer flowers in ShinrinRead More →

autumn sunflowers Kawagoe insaitama.com

Summer Flowers AND Autumn sunflowers in the Isanuma area of Kawagoe. At Isa Marsh and the Isa marsh East Bank Flower Garden or Isanuma Tōgan Hanabatake in Japanese. Jump to Autumn Sunflowers. Isa Marsh Isanuma is an area in Kawagoe. Numa means marsh or swamp. The area is named afterRead More →

Sunflowers kawajima

Sunflowers in Kawajima at the Shimoyatsubayashi flower field and Lotus Flowers in Heisei No MoriKawajima July 2020 Sunflowers bloom in Japan from as early as the end of June until as late as early September. In Saitama Prefecture, generally you can see sunflowers from mid July. Some places grow themRead More →

Hanyu Summer Festival

The Hanyu Tennosama summer festival has a history of almost 400 years. It is celebrated annually in July, usually in the middle of the month. It is a portable shrine “mikoshi” festival. In 2020, the festival was scheduled for Saturday July 11th. However, due to the Coronavirus outbreak the festivalRead More →

Yono summer festival

Yono is an area within Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture. Each area within Saitama City has their own summer festival. And often there own fireworks too. The Yono Summer Festival (Yono Natsu Matsuri) is normally on the second weekend of July. This year, 2020, the festival – along with dozens ofRead More →

summer in Saitama 2020

Summer in Saitama 2020 – Things are a lot different this summer in the shadow of the Coronavirus outbreak. For one, summer holidays are much shorter for most people. Then of course there is the fact that the majority of our beloved festivals and fireworks have been cancelled. Moreover, theRead More →

Miyashiro Town Festival

The 35th annual Miyashiro Town Festival will be held on the weekend of August 25th. On both the Saturday and Sunday the festival runs from 10 am to 8.30 pm. In 2019 the dates were the 17th and 18th of August for the 36th annual Miyashiro festival. The area around theRead More →