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10 Things to do When in Saitama

Saitama, one of Japan’s 47 prefectures, is just north of Tokyo.

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Here are some of the activities you can do while in Saitama:

1. Try on a yukata / kimono at “Little Edo” Kawagoe
2. Attend Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival (End of March – mid May)
3. Visit the Hikawa Shrine at Omiya
4. Visit The Railway Museum
5. Visit the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum
6. Have a relaxing time at Yugo Tamagawa Onsen
7. Learn Japanese cooking / wagashi from www.MimiClaire.com (located at Urawa, Saitama)
8. Shop for Saitama souvenirs in SOPIA
9. Witness the beautiful Icicles of Misotsuchi located at Chichibu City (middle of January until middle of Feb) – www.justinjapan.com/travel/icicles-of-misotsuchi
10. Visit the Soy Sauce Museum (Soy Sauce Kingdom) and try the soy sauce ice cream!

What other activities would you suggest? Let us know in the comments section!

List compiled/researched by Kaila / Rainbowholic
Illustration by ChiChi / Little Miss Paintbrush

For more info about Saitama, visit the prefecture’s official website here: www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/site/english-top/


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Today, Japan celebrates Setsubun, or the “Bean-throwing Festival”. It signals the start of Spring, thus it is also called the “Seasonal Division”.

In Japan, Spring symbolizes a “new life/year”, (because it also coincides with the Lunar new year), so the people perform Mamemaki, or bean (roasted soybeans, or sometimes, peanuts) throwing, to “cast away the past’s bad spirits”.

A member of the household wears an oni (demon) mask, then other family members and friends throw the beans at him/her, while saying “Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!”

(Demon out! Luck/happiness in!).

It is also customary to eat one bean per one year of a person’s age, plus an additional one bean for the coming year, for good luck. (。´∀`)ノa


Art by Little Miss Paintbrush (www.hello.chi-chi.me)

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