Check out the delights of Saitama Prefecture

Check out the delights of Saitama Prefecture
This might be a difficult question, but what kind of image do you have of Saitama Prefecture?
Japanese people usually say that Saitama has a "plain and featureless image" or that it is "a land with a strong yearning for Tokyo".
The author of this article is a stereotypical Saitama native who first moved to Ikebukuro because of her admiration for Tokyo. Saitama has an honorable last place out of all 47 prefectures (2010) in the hometown love rating, but despite this, Saitama still has something to be proud of!
So let's check it out, what is in it!

Nº1 in Green Onion Production (2013)

Saitama Green Onion
Speaking of leeks in Saitama Prefecture, "Fukaya Negi" is the most famous here. The author is from the Fukaya region and used to eat at school lunches "Negi-nuta," a local dish of leeks dressed with miso paste. The white part of the green onion is longer than other green onions and has high sugar content.

Pet Expenses Nº1 (2011)

Saitama Dog akita inu
The amount of money that owners spend on pets is about 34,124 yen per year per household. That's 10,000 yen more than in Nara Prefecture, next on the list, making Saitama the undisputed leader. Saitama Prefecture, with its many single family homes, may be a good place to live with pets.

Pasta and Spaghetti Consumption Nº1 (2014)

Saitama spagetti and pasta
Saitama Prefecture has many working couples. Pasta and spaghetti, which can be boiled in a short time rather than cooking rice,
seem to be the ally of busy housewives. Incidentally, the prefecture also ranks high in jam and bread consumption, demonstrating the trend toward shortening cooking time.

Education Fee Nº1 (2008)

Saitama education
Education costs per household in Saitama was 295,891 yen, followed by Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Chiba prefectures, where private university tuition fees
seem to be the reason for higher expenses. Saitama Prefecture is also Nº1 for private tutoring and preparatory school fees.
Many families here are quite enthusiastic about education.

You might expect that there would be a lot of brilliant students, but the ranking of the national achievement test by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) (2016) shows that Saitama ranks 37th.
The national average for the percentage of correct answers is 63.1%, while Saitama's is 61.9%. It seems that educational expenses are not proportional to academic achievement...
Keep it up, Saitama!

Nº1 in Elementary School Homework Complition Rate (2015)

Saitama homework
A survey of sixth-grade students asked the question, "Do you do your school homework at home?" to compare the percentage of
"Yes" or "Rather yes" responses. In this survey, Saitama Prefecture is a proud leader! The prefecture also ranked first in the percentage of
elementary school students obeying school rules, which reveals the serious nature of its citizens, who are determined to follow the rules.

Nº1 in the number of sunny days per year (2010)

Saitama bicycle suny day blue sky
In fact, with 58.6 clear days a year, Saitama Prefecture has the most clear days in Japan!
Since there are many sunny days, why not visit Hitsujiyama Park, full of beautiful pink moss phlox contrasting with the blue sky?
Saitama Hitsujiyama park moss phlox
Saitama Prefecture offers such a vast and spectacular view. The mid-April to early May period is the best time to see the flowering lawn of moss phlox.

Despite the fact that people tend to think there is nothing to see in Saitama, there are various undiscovered and spectacular spots
in the city, such as the blooming Hitsujiyama Park, Nagatoro Gorge with its beautiful autumn leaves, and Kinchakuda Park,
where manjushage (Red spider lily) flowers cover everything in wine carpet.
Come for the spectacular views of Saitama, just a short drive from Tokyo.
What do you think about the distinctive features of Saitama Prefecture?

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