Kita Urawa Awa Odori dancers from the official Saitama Tourism and International Relations Bureau

Kita Urawa Awa Odori – the 2020 event has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Summer maybe officially over, but there are still a couple of lingering summer festivals on in Saitama this weekend. For one, the Kita Urawa Awa Odori competition as part of the Urawa festivals. TheRead More →

The Urawa Yosakoi Festival takes place annually in July.  However, in 2020 the festival has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. In May, the Saitama Tourism and International Bureau (STIB) announced the cancellation of dozens of summer festivals in Saitama City this year because of the pandemic. Image takenRead More →

International Fureai Fair

The International Fureai Fair is held around the Urawa Station area. This year, 2019, the scheduled date is Sunday October 13th.  There are lots of stalls in the area, many by country.  Some of the country booths will sell food and / or drink. There are live performances too fromRead More →

taishou period festival yono urawa saitama city

Taishou (or Taisho) period festival in Saitama City, Saitama Prefecture, on Sunday October 13th from 10 am to 6 pm. The Taishou period was between 1912 and 1926. Yono in Urawa Ward have been hosting this event for the last 28 years. Participants of this time slip festival dress upRead More →

Halloween Events Saitama – Each year the number and quality of Halloween events is improving in the Saitama area. We’ve a way to go before we get to the level of Chiba or Kanagawa, but there is enough in the area for the kids to enjoy. **Halloween kicks off inRead More →

What an absolutely fabulous selection of festivals on offer the first weekend of the summer school holidays. There is something for everyone in Saitama the weekend of July 16th to 20th. From the very traditional, history rich Japanese festivals, to a taste of Brazil in a Summer Carnival. From family friendly childrenRead More →

Besshonuma Park, Minami Ward, Saitama City I read an article on the DailyPost with suggestions for surviving NaBloPoMo. One of them was plagiarise yourself. Duly noted and executing that suggestion in this post! Not a particularly exciting post and far from detailed, but I like to give the good parksRead More →

What an absolutely fabulous hotchpotch of festivals on offer this weekend. There is something for everyone in Saitama this weekend. From the very traditional, history rich Japanese festivals, to a taste of Brazil in a Summer Carnival. From family friendly children processions to beer garden alcohol laden adult friendly festivals! Read More →

The weather and the festival season are warming up here in Japan! While most festivals take place after children get their summer holidays in the middle of July, there are a few held in early July. Here are the main festivals being held in Saitama, beside Tokyo, the weekend of JulyRead More →