Tokorozawa festival

For the second year in a row the Tokorozawa Festival has been cancelled. In 2019 the festival was cancelled last minute on account of typhoon in Hagibis. In 2020 they cancelled the event early on in anticipation of a second or third wave of the Coronavirus outbreak. Official notification. TokorozawaRead More →

setsubun saitama

Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a religious ceremony practiced every year on February 3rd. Historically setsubun, which literally means seasonal division, was a four day period marking the changing of the seasons. Risshun is February 4th and is the first day of spring and historically the start of a new year.Read More →

ogano gun festival

Ogano Gun Festival – Amidst all the culturally appropriated Christmas events of December is this unique and traditional gun festival in Ogano, Chichibu. Known unofficially as the “finale of the Chichibu festival” the event is held annually on the second Sunday of December and the previous Saturday. It is alwaysRead More →

Kitamoto Neputa Festival insaitama.com

Kitamoto Neputa Festival Report, November 2019 Kitamoto Neputa Festival History In 1991 a team of Kitamoto city officials visited Hirosaki in Aomori, the home of Neputa, to learn how to make the festival floats used in the parades. And to study the techniques used in painting the distinctive and captivatingRead More →

Musket shooting festival nanbata castle park fujimi

Musket shooting festival at Nanbata Castle Park – Japan is a country that really knows how to host and enjoy a festival.  Summer time is the main festival season, but you can enjoy festivals throughout the year.  In the summer, most cities will at least hold a firework festival and mostRead More →

Sakado Bamboo Lantern Night festival

The Sakado Bamboo lantern festival is still a relatively unknown off-the-beaten-track festival. Although, it has been around for a few years already – in fact it is celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year. Last year there were “only” about 3,000 people which sounds like a lot, but it isRead More →