Sawara Festival

Big Festival of Sawara 2015  佐原の大祭

When I visited the beautiful historical town of Sawara, the people in town pointed at the posters on the wall and said I should come back to see the big festival. Arriving half way into the day’s procession, I found local people still as friendly and chatty, not stressed out or anything. Continue reading “Sawara Festival”


‘Superior to Edo’ – Sawara Part 1: Kogo Saketen

Sawara 小江戸佐原

On this sunny Saturday in the monsoon season, I headed out to one of the places I have been hoping to check out – the historical town of Sawara in Chiba prefecture. This city was established during Edo period when the samurai class ruled the nation from Edo (Tokyo) as its capital. Sawara was a town without a local warlords, or an autonomous city. Without the ruling class that only consume and do not produce, the city flourished as one of the most important provider for the populated capital down the river. So wealthy that it was described to exceed that of Edo. Continue reading “‘Superior to Edo’ – Sawara Part 1: Kogo Saketen”