Mask wearing hina dolls holding disinfectant!

There is a lovely little Hina dolls display at Kakyu no Sato in Konosu. What encouraged me to go visit was seeing photos of the mask wearing hina on Instagram! However, it was a pleasant surprise to find several other cute and unique hina dolls. Kakyu no Sato Saitama PrefectureRead 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 →

setsubun saitama

Setsubun Saitama- Setsubun is a religious ceremony practiced every year on February 3rd. However, in 2021, for the first time in 124 years, Setsubun will fall on February 2nd. Due to the rarity of this, it is not common knowledge. As such, most people will probably still celebrate on FebruaryRead More →

Yoshida folk house saitama's oldest home in Ogawa machi Saitama japan

Yoshida Folk House in Ogawa town, Saitama. Yoshida Folk house has a very different atmosphere to any of the other folk / period houses I have personally visited in the past. I expected something like Toyama Memorial Museum with several rooms and a stunning garden in traditional Japanese style. However,Read More →

Different stages of washi making washi workshop

Nowadays, there are several places you can try a washi workshop, even in Tokyo. But there are only three places in the whole of Japan with the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage recognition for their traditional handmade washi paper. In Shimane prefecture it is Sekishubun paper, in Gifu prefecture it isRead More →

taiko experience with ondekoza

Taiko with Ondekoza – Traditional Japanese taiko is invigorating to watch, but it is even more exhilarating to play. But training with the esteemed Ondekoza taiko drum troupe is an experience an a whole other level. The afternoon I spent watching and playing taiko with some of my peers andRead More →

Amezaiku in Kawagoe

Candy Craft in Kawagoe Today, we went to watch the Candy Man in Kawagoe. Mr Suzuki is a performance artist, who sculpts candy into different shapes, characters and forms. It is an art form from the Edo period known as Amezaiku in Japan. From what I have seen of his work,Read More →