There are two main ways you can celebrate the blooming of cherry blossoms in Japan; hanami, which involves picnicking under a cherry tree, or a Sakura matsuri, literallycherry blossom festival. We enjoyed the latter at the famous Kitain temple in Kawagoe, yesterday.
The kids had some festival food.
After walking around the various buildings and areas within the temple grounds they enjoyed the small, but colorful playground.
I was captivated by the cherry blossoms. I would have loved to attempt taking some artistic shots, but with 4 kids in tow that was not a possibility.
The festival lanterns hang, a promise of beautiful blooms to come. These paper lanterns are a common sight at festivals in Japan. Shiroyama park in Okegawa has hung these lanterns for the cherry blossoms, which are set to bloom any day now. It is a long practiced and much revered tradition to picnic under the cherry blossom trees in Japan.
It’s spring break in Japan. It is also end of school year. Traffic tends to increase and queues lengthen, but there are still some hidden gems that evade the chaos. Saitama’s space museum, or officially the Saitama Municipal Youth Astronomical Museum, is one such place.
★Free entry for parents and children
★Parking is free
★Rainy day okay
★Suitable for all ages
★Nappy / Diaper changing facilities
There is something for everyone at this space museum located on the old grounds of Urawa Reds (Saitama soccer team) at Komaba stadium. Children can learn about space and science through the various interactive and educational displays, play areas, reading area and special events available free of charge. There is also a planetarium that costs 510 yen per adult or 200 yen for students aged 4 and up.
Information and Access
Address: 2-3-45 Komaba, Urawa-city, Saitama, Japan URL:http://www.kagakukan.urawa.saitama.jp/main.html TEL: 048－881－1515 Cost: Free entry to the museum, **the planetarium is 510 yen per adult or 200 yen for students aged 4 and up Opening hours: 9.00 – 17.00 Holidays: Mondays except for public holidays. Closed for New Year from December 28th to January 4th. Access:
By train – Take a bus from either Urawa or Kita Urawa stations for 「宇宙科学館入口」
By car – 15 minutes from Urawa Interchange
I think I have the 7 year itch with my blog. Its hard to believe its been that long. However, its time to switch it up. Mainly, because I need a more relevant and paid URL going forward. For now, I will continue to post here, but I will post things to do in Saitama on another URL. but with a new domain. I now own japanorama.me :-) Well actually it’s just a free trial, but let’s see what happens. I do own insaitama.com though, anyone who wants to give their opinion on which URL is better please do. I can’t see the woods for the trees!
I think and hope by changing my primary blog that my followers will automatically be shown posts on that blog from now on. I am soon to find out. If not, over time I will be in touch…
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO READ “DAYS OF OUR LIVES JAPAN”, THIS IS NOT GOODBYE ONLY FLICKING OVER TO ANOTHER JUST CHANGING THE CHAPTER TITLE ;-)
Today is White Day in Japan; Valentine’s dayfor girls. My daughters got a really lovely present with a REALLY unfortunate name. These delightful character chocolates and macaroons come to you from the Royal Gastro Club. Where I’m from gastro is short for gastroenteritis, which is basically the stomach flu! Thankfully these culinary delights did not cause any stomach upset, although if truth be told they were a bit too sweet even for me.
They came in a cute paper house package, with the characters peeping out the window. The girls delighted in opening the door.
Inside there were macaroons in the shape and design of animal faces. And chocolate cats. There was a selection of different types of cats, but my kids ate most of them before I could snap them!
When I first came to Japan in 2000 there was nothing in the shops for Easter. I have watched the selection of Easter goodies grow over the years. Marketers are cashing in on the commercialism of the holiday, if nothing else. I’m not complaining; the choice of seasonal “Easter” cakes are one of the many perks of Japan’s new(ish) interest in Easter. These GinzaCosy Corner bite size cakestaste as good as they look!