Plum blossom at Omiya Hana no Oka

Park in Saitama City with flowers every month of the year Omiya Hana no Oka Omiya Hana no Oka is a park that is straddled across the cities of Saitama and Ageo. It is under the jurisdiction of Saitama City, but feels more like rural Ageo. It isn’t a particularlyRead More →

daffodils satte saitama

Daffodils in Gongendo Park, Saitama January 2021 Daffodils Saitama There are a few places renowned for their daffodils in Saitama, but I think Gongendo park is probably the best known of them all. It is one of the larger displays anyhow, with half a million daffodils grown in the parkRead More →

New Year display at Higashimatsuyama Botanen with Japanese brolleys

Botanen Park in Higashimatsuyama is the largest peony garden in all of Japan. However, more than just a peony garden, it is also a small park with several things to offer: Botanen Park Introduction Winter flowers Spring and the Peony Festival Summer flowers Autumn colors Playground Barbecue Events Information BotanenRead More →

Cherry blossoms at Kawagoe Suijo Koen

10 places for cherry blossoms in Kawagoe in a Google Web Story. The image above this is actually a web story, unfortunately you need to be on a device (smart phone / tablet etc) to use it properly. It should still scroll automatically on a laptop, but it doesn’t goRead More →

Saitama State of Emergency 2021

The State of Emergency in Saitama will run until February 7th 2021. At first glance the State of Emergency seemed quite limited in its reach. However, as more information becomes available, it is in reality a type of soft lockdown. For one, several public facilities will actually close. Including dozensRead More →

Yamabuki no Sato Ogose

The Yamabuki no Sato Historical Park: One of the few Yamabuki (yellow rose) flower spots, and the most famous for Kerria Japonica, in the Kanto plain. Yamabuki Yamabuki are a beautiful vivid yellow flower. The flower is often referred to as a yellow rose as the genus is in theRead More →

Spring flowers Hana no Oasis

April Flowers and Meaning in Japan. Whether you live in or are planning to visit Japan, you can be certain that in April you have a choice of flowers to admire. Moreover, April – specifically early April – is famous for cherry blossoms. But, as you may have heard, inRead More →

coronavirus 2021

Daily Coronavirus updates sources of information for Saitama Prefecture in 2021 Saitama Coronavirus 2021 After 7 months of doing a daily report on the Covid-19 figures and coronavirus news for Saitama Prefecture, I regrettably have to give it up indefinitely. I am very sorry, particularly to those who’ve been followingRead More →

Oni demon at Kijin Shrine Ranzan used in Kijin article and free resources for setsubun

Kijin shrine: one of a few shrines nationwide dedicated to demon. Hot on the heels of the New Year celebrations, is Setsubun. Setsubun is a festival marking the end of winter and coming of spring. It is celebrated annually on the 3rd of February. However, for the first time inRead More →

January in Japan

January in Japan Have you always wanted to visit Japan, but its a little on the pricey side for you? Or maybe you’ve been to Japan several times and seen the cherry blossoms, autumn leaves and summer festivals. What next? Without a moment’s hesitation, after 20 years living in Japan,Read More →