Yokoze puppet play

Yokoze Puppet Play – Every May on the second Sunday of the month there is a very special event in Yokoze. The famous puppet play of Yokoze, which is an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Saitama. One person magically operates the puppets in this mesmerizing puppet theater. He uses whatRead More →

ashigakubo icicles

Tentative information for the Ashigakubo Icicles in 2021. The icicles are generally open to the public from the first week in January to the last week in February. In 2020 due to warmer than normal weather the icicles were severely effected and the event ended up starting late and endingRead More →

Image from the Yokoze tourism site

Terasaka Rice Terraces, Chichibu District, Saitama. The beautiful Terasaka Rice Terraces has two large events each year. The firefly viewing event in summer and the cluster amaryllis (red spider lily) festival in September. The firefly viewing is usually in early July, which is later than most other firefly viewing eventsRead More →

Terasaka Rice terraces higanbana red spider lily cluster amaryllis from the official Yokoze Tourism website

Cluster Amaryllis / Higanbana  / Red spider lilies at the Terasaka terraced Rice fields in Yokoze What is another name for cluster amaryllis? The cluster amaryllis is a flower of many names. In Japan, they are most frequently called Higanbana or Manjushage. In English the most common name is redRead More →