saitama illumination 2022 starlight illumination display at Shinrin Park in Namegawa

Starlight Illumination Shinrin park aka Musashi Kyuryo National Government Park. The Starlight illumination is the last of the three annual night illumination displays held in the central gate area of the vast park. This year, 2022, it will run from Friday December 9th on Fridays, Saturdays and Sunday nights only.Read More →

Chichibu Night Festival from John Becker

The Chichibu Night Festival is held on the 2nd and 3rd of December annually. On account of the pandemic, the festival was very basic in 2020 and 2021. They only carried out some of the religious parts of the festival. Moreover, in 2021 it was for invited guests only. Also,Read More →

Thatched roof of a gate with red maples leaves in front of it at Heirinji in Niiza Saitama, right beside Kiyose in Tokyo

Heirinji in Niiza City, right by Kiyose in Tokyo, is one of thee most special places for autumn leaf viewing in Saitama Prefecture. More than being just beautiful, the temple has a rich and fascinating history. I have waited a long time to share information about the temple, so IRead More →

Poster for the 2022 to 2023 Toda Illumin nation display

The Toda City Illumination event “Toda Illumi” is relatively new, it only started in 2019. (There are also other illumination events in Toda City which have been around for longer). The city aim to make illumination synonymous with winter in Toda. According to Toda City, this year’s winter illumination willRead More →

Legendary 500 year old gingko trees at Kou Shrine in Konosu City, Saitama Prefecture, lit up at night

Ko (Kou / Kō) Shrine, 鴻神社, is the principal shrine of Konosu City. The Kanji is 鴻, “otori”, which is from konotori, which means oriental stork. The shrine is home to the konotori legend from which Konosu city gets its name. Konosu is also written with the same kanji 鴻Read More →