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Update:April 16, 2015

Chiba Nanohana News (April 2015)

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 I.News   II. Festivals and Events    III.Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 I. News              

 1) Narita Airport Opens Terminal 3

  On April 8, 2015, Narita International Airport opened Terminal 3, which will service low-cost carriers (LCCs) Jetstar Japan, Vanilla Air, Jeju Air, and Spring Airlines Japan.

  Use of LCC airlines has skyrocketed from 6.1% of all passenger flights in fiscal 2012 to 19.3% in April to September of fiscal 2014. To accommodate this rising demand, the airport has constructed a 66,000m2 addition located approximately 500m from Terminal 2 with three keywords in mind: casual, functional, and exciting. The main building of Terminal 3 will include four floors of retail shops, a 24-hour convenient store, a food court with 450 seats, a duty-free shopping area, and land/airside prayer rooms for Muslim customers in addition to the necessary terminal features of passport control, baggage claim, and so on. The second-floor departure lobby and food court can be used as a rest area 24 hours a day. 

 Travelers arriving at Narita Airport by train or car can use the access corridor (500m and has benches and vending machines along the way) or take a shuttle bus from Terminal 2; those arriving by bus or taxi should get off at stops for Terminal 3. From Terminal 3, travelers can fly to domestic destinations from Sapporo to Naha, as well as to international destinations like Seoul, Taipei, and Hong Kong. With the opening of this new terminal, Narita Airport offers travelers a new way to fly on a budget.

 2) Chiba Donates Iodine to Sri Lanka

            (iodine crystals)

 Iodine is an important mineral for the human body that contributes to healthy growth. But in some countries, people face health problems due to lack of iodine intake through their diet, including thyroid enlargement and childhood underdevelopment. Chiba Prefecture—in corporation with the Japan Iodine Industries Association, UNICEF and other relief organizations—has helped countries struggling with iodine deficiency disorder by taking advantage of its rich deposit of iodine. Chiba Prefecture is a major iodine producer in Japan and has been engaged in iodine aid projects as part of its international contributions.

 Japan is the world’s second largest producer of iodine, making up about 30 percent of the global iodine production. About 80 percent of the country’s iodine output comes from Chiba Prefecture. Off the coast of Chiba stretches a natural gas reservoir called the Minami Kanto gas field. Its gas reserves are estimated at about 800 times the current annual gas production in Chiba. The Minami Kanto gas field is also the source of iodine-rich sea water that has remained trapped deep underneath the field for millions of years. The water contains high concentrations of iodine, almost 2000 times that in typical sea water. Chiba has utilized this resource to donate iodine to other countries in Asia.

 Chiba Prefecture has provided iodine for Mongolia and Cambodia so far. In Mongolia, the government has worked on a health promotional project for mothers and children, setting a goal to reduce iodine deficiency disorder and get as many people vaccinated as possible. To support this project, Chiba donated a total of 3400 kg of potassium iodide to Mongolia in collaboration with JICA, UNICEF, and other relief organizations from 1997 to 2002. Furthermore, Chiba also partnered with the Japan Iodine Industries Association and UNICEF and donated 3400 kg of potassium iodide to Cambodia from 2006 to 2010 to help children suffering from iodine deficiency disorder.

 Chiba’s next iodine donation will go to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan government launched the Universal Salt Ionization Program in 1995—a program that aims at eliminating iodine deficiency disorder by encouraging people to use iodized salt. Chiba Prefecture hopes its contribution of 850 kg of potassium iodide will help the Sri Lankan government promote the program.  The donation ceremony was held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Chiba Prefectural Government Offices.

 Iodine produced in Chiba plays an important role in Asian countries. For example, it helps reduce thyroid enlargement cases caused by lack of iodine intake. Chiba Prefecture will continue to take advantage of its natural resources to contribute to international cooperation projects. 

 <Ceremony >

○Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015  13:00-13:30

○Place: Chiba Prefectural Government Office

○Donation item: Potassium iodide 850 kg

○Sponsors: Japan Iodine Industries Association, Keiyo Natural Gas Conference, Foundation for Growth Science in Japan

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 II. Festivals and Events     

 1) Narita Taiko Festival/ Naritasan Shinshoji Temple & Naritasan Omotesando Street (Narita City)

 Narita Taiko Fes1   Narita Taiko Fes2

 Wadaiko (Japanese drum) teams as well as traditional Japanese music and dance teams based in the Kanto Region will bring energy and excitement to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and Naritasan Omotesando Street during this taiko festival.

 The Narita Taiko Festival is regarded as one of Japan’s greatest taiko festivals by taiko organizations, performers, and fans because of the number of performing groups, their high-quality performances, and the many unique styles. The festival draws over 200,000 visitors with the pairing of intense performances and the backdrop of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple’s Main Gate, making it an event like no other. The Narita Taiko Festival became even more famous throughout the country after it was awarded the 13th Furusato Event Award by the Japan Center for Regional Development, making it the first event in Chiba Prefecture to receive this award.

 This year, about 1,500 performers from 50 groups will perform over two days. At 10:00am on both days, all performing groups will gather in front of the Main Hall of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple for the “Sengan Hana Daiko.” The simultaneous drum performance is an unforgettable sight you don’t want to miss. Make sure you get there early to find a good spot to watch from!

 After the “Sengan Hana Daiko” performance on Saturday, the teams will split up amongst the 8 stages spread out along Omotesando Street, which is connected to Shinshoji Temple, transforming the area into one expansive stage. At 17:00, the Night Drum Concert will be held amongst blazing bonfires surrounding the special stage in front of the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple Main Hall. On Sunday from 15:00-17:00, the lively “Taiko Parade” will be held along the length of Omotesando Road connecting Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and JR/Keisei Narita Station.

  • Date: Saturday, April 18, 10:00-19:00

                    Sunday, April 19, 10:00-17:00

  • Place: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple & Naritasan Omotesando Street, Narita City
  • Access: By train: 10 minutes on foot to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple from Narita Station (JR Narita Line or Keisei Line)

                       By car: 10 minutes to central Narita from Narita IC (Higashi-Kanto Expressway) via Natl. Route 295, then Natl. Route 51

               *Please note that some parking lots may be inaccessible because of traffic restrictions.

 2) Spring Garden Fair at Keisei Rose Garden (Yachiyo City)

 The Keisei Rose Garden in Yachiyo City is hosting a Spring Garden Fair over Golden Week, from Friday, April 24 to Wednesday, May 6. The fair will offer a variety of seminars and events, some of which are free of charge, for visitors to enjoy as they spend a lovely day among the roses.

   Roses in Keisei Rose Garden1          Roses in Keisei Rose Garden2  

Free events (at the Garden Center; no reservation required):

<Spring rose seminar>
 A seminar by a Rose Advisor from Keisei Rose Garden about rose cultivation—perfect for those planning to grow roses this spring.
Date: Saturday, April 25; Sunday, April 26; Wednesday, April 29; Saturday May 2—Wednesday, May 6
Time: 13:30-14:30

<Special spring seminars: Learn from a pro!>

 Learn gardening tips and techniques directly from specialists who have appeared in magazines and on TV. From seed-planting to shaping the garden bed, from wildflowers to herbs, these professionals will cover various plants and processes so you can cultivate a magnificent garden this spring.

  • Wildflowers
    Wildflowers can be grown even in places with little sunlight. This seminar will discuss gardening tips and ways to take advantage of this quality to grow beautiful wildflowers.
    Date: Saturday, April 25 11:00-12:00
  • Garden design
    Lecturer Mark Chapman, originally from the U.K. and long-time resident of Japan, will use photographs to demonstrate how to plot a beautiful garden in an area with limited space.
    Date: Sunday, April 26 11:00-12:00
  • Easy kitchen garden
    This seminar will cover how to grow vegetables easily in your garden or on your veranda.
    Date: Wednesday, April 29 11:00-12:00
  • All about herbs
    This seminar will present ideas on how to grow fresh herbs and use them in fancy recipes.
    Date: Saturday, May 2 11:00-12:00
  • All about olives
    Olives have been growing in popularity; learn how to grow them yourself and create fancy recipes using olive oil.
    Date: Saturday, May 2 13:30-14:30
  • Clematis
    Learn about the varieties of clematis flowers and how to match them with roses to create a beautiful balance in your garden.
    Date: Sunday, May 3 11:00-12:00
  • Shiori Sugii-style group planting
    Lecturer Shiori Sugii will explain how to plant flowers in your entryway or along the walk up to your house to create a seasonal welcome.
    Date: Monday, May 4 11:00-12:00
  • Frolic in the flowers, grass, and trees on your veranda
    Even in a tiny space like your balcony or patio, you can create a soothing space decorated with plants.
    Date: Wednesday, May 6 11:00-12:00

<Group planting: a great gift for Mother’s Day>

 Create a beautiful set of group-planted flowers in your mother’s favorite colors for Mother’s Day.

Date: Saturday, April 25; Sunday, April 26; Saturday, May 2—Wednesday, May 6

Time: Session 1: 10:00-11:30 Session 2: 13:30-15:00

Fee: Planting is free, but the cost of the materials (flowers, pot, soil) is separate. No reservation required. Same-day sign-up, first come first served.

Paid events:

<Spring group planting one-day lesson: Spring-colored container garden>

Plant a group of spring-colored flowers and you can even bring them home!

Date: Thursday, April 23; Thursday, April 30 10:30-12:00

Capacity: 12 people (sign up in advance; registration closes once capacity is reached)

Fee: 5,000 yen (includes materials and tax)

Sign up: Rose Shop (047-459-0106)

<Spring group planting one-day lesson: Pastel wall basket>

Decorate a basket you can hang on a wall with all the flowers of spring. When finished, you can take your creation home.

Date: Thursday, April 23; Thursday, April 30 13:30-15:00

Capacity: 12 people (sign up in advance; registration closes once capacity is reached)

Fee: 5,000 yen (includes materials and tax)

Sign up: Rose Shop (047-459-0106)

<Garden Center Sale Fair>

  • New rose seedlings for sale
    400 varieties of new rose seedlings will be available for purchase starting Friday, April 17.
  • Vegetable seedling fair
    Purchase tomato, eggplant, cucumber, goya, and other summer vegetable seedlings from Friday, April 17—Sunday, May 10.
  • Olive and herb fair
    Olive and herb seedlings for sale from Friday, April 24—Sunday, May 10.
  • Mother’s Day gift fair
    Send your mother roses this Mother’s Day from the Garden Center or Rose Shop from Friday, April 24—Sunday, May 10.
    • Place: Keisei Rose Garden Center, 755 Owadashinden, Yachiyo City
    • Admission: 300 yen for adults; 100 yen for elementary and junior high school students; 200 yen for senior citizens and people with disabilities
                         *May and June admission: 1,200 yen for adults; 400 yen for junior high students; 200 yen for elementary students; 900 yen for senior citizens and people with disabilities
                         *Only the Rose Garden requires admission fee (shops and other areas are free admission)
    • Access: 15 min walk from Yachiyo-midorigaoka Station (Toyo Express Railway Line)
    • Inquiries: Keisei Rose Garden (047-459-0106)
    • URL: http://www.keiseirose.co.jp 

 3) Sakura Tulip Festival/Sakura Furusato Hiroba (Sakura City)

 A windmill, tulips, and girls   Tulips

   In the Edo Period, Sakura City flourished as a center of Dutch and Western studies. The Sakura Clan promoted the study of Western medicine and there came about a saying, “Nagasaki in the west, Sakura in the east.” Even today, Dutch influence can be found in Sakura City in events like the Tulip Festival.

  This April, 700,000 bulbs of 68 varieties of tulips will blossom in this picturesque plaza, which features a Dutch windmill in the background. Each year about 100,000 visitors come out to see the tulip flower field, which is one of the largest in the Kanto region. Enjoy the coming of spring with the natural beauty of Lake Imba combined with fully bloomed tulips that paint the field with vivid colors.

  The festival includes tulips for sale (10 for 500 yen), rental of Dutch traditional costumes (1,000 yen for 45 min), yakatabune cruises of Lake Imba (1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for children), Dutch street organ performances, rent-a-cycling (500 yen; 1,000 yen for an electric bicycle), and local product sales. The costume rentals, cruises, performances, and rent-a-cycling will mainly be held on weekends, along with the windmill festival featuring Dutch food, trying on wooden clogs, and a windmill photo exhibition.

  • Date: Saturday, April 4—Sunday, April 26, 9:00-16:00
  • Place: Sakura Furusato Hiroba, 2714 Usuita, Sakura City
  • Access: 10 min by shuttle bus or Sakura City loop bus from Keisei Sakura Station north exit
  • Inquiries: Sakura City Tourism Association (043-486-6000)
  • URL: http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/0000000042.html  (Japanese)

                    http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp.e.dj.hp.transer.com/0000000042.html (English)

 4) 27th Sodegaura Park Festival (Sodegaura City)

  Sodegaura Park

  Sodegaura Park surrounds two bodies of water: one a large lake, and one a smaller marsh area. In the lower areas, there is a flower terrace and wide fields where visitors can enjoy a picnic. In the higher areas, there are facilities for visitors who like to learn: a folk museum that looks back at 25,000 years of Sodegaura history, and Manyo-no-sato, where visitors can see 105 of the 160 species of plants mentioned in the Manyoshu, the oldest collection of Japanese poetry.

  On Saturday, April 4, Sodegaura Park will celebrate its 27th festival with taiko drum and wind instrument performances, a song show, catching candy and mochi thrown from the stage, and more.

  • Date: Saturday, April 4, 9:00-15:00 (moved to Sunday, April 5 in case of rain)
  • Place: Sodegaura Park, 2360 Iitomi, Sodegaura City
  • Access: From Sodegaura Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the bus bound for “Hirakawa Gyosei Center” or the bus bound for “Nozomi-no” and get off at “Sodegaura-koen”.
  • Inquiries: Sodegaura Park Management Association (0438-63-6560)

 5)9th Shimosa-Edogawa Two-Day March/Konodai Sports Center (Ichikawa City)

  The place of Two-Day March

  This city walking event aims to promote the beautiful flowers and rich greenery of Ichikawa City and support the healthy minds and bodies of its citizens. Every year, on the second weekend in April, participants gather at the Sports Center and walk around historic sites: to the south on the first day and to the north on the second day. There are four courses in each direction ranging from 6km-33km long, for a total of 8 courses over the two days. Each course takes walkers through the local region’s nature, history, and culture at their own pace.

  • Date: Saturday, April 11—Sunday, April 12 (rain or shine)
  • Place: Konodai Sports Center, 1-6-4 Konodai, Ichikawa City
  • Fee: People living, working, or attending school in Ichikawa: 700 yen in advance; 1,000 yen on the day; free for junior high school students and younger

        General admission: 1,500 yen in advance; 2,000 yen on the day; free for junior high school students and younger

  • To apply: pick up a registration form at a gymnasium or citizen’s center in Ichikawa, fill the form out, and mail and pay at the post office by Friday, April 10
  • Access: 25 min walk from Ichikawa Station (JR Sobu Line), 10 min walk from Konodai Station (Keisei Line)

      By bus from Ichikawa Station north exit, take the bus bound for Matsudo Station, “Matsudo-shako (Matsudo Bus Garage),” or “Kokubun-soushajo (Kokubun Switchyard)” and get off at “Wayo joshi daigaku (Wayo Women’s University)” and walk 2 min

  • Inquiries: Shimosa-Edogawa Two-Day March Executive Committee (Chiba Prefecture Walking Association) (043-255-0141)

 

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.           

 1) Exhibitions at the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences (Shibayama Town)

The exhibition of planes The Museum of Aeronautical Sciences in Shibayama Town is dedicated to the science, history, and technology of flight. The creation of such a museum was inspired by the opening of Narita International Airport in nearby Narita City, and the museum opened its doors in August 1989. This April, Narita Airport opens Terminal 3, making this spring the perfect time to learn about aviation in Chiba Prefecture. The museum has a series of fascinating exhibits that are sure to inspire visitors of all ages, including photographs and models of planes used at Narita Airport.

<Narita Airport Airplane Exhibit>

 This exhibit displays models and photographs of some of the airplanes that were used at Narita International Airport in 2014. Some of the airplanes have been specially painted or marked first-ever flights.

Date: Wednesday, April 1—Sunday, May 24

Place: 2nd floor exhibit room

Fee: just pay admission

<Kids’ Aviation Art Display>

 The museum is calling for submissions of pictures, designs, crafts, and other aviation-related art done by preschoolers and elementary school students. Submitted works will be evaluated and prizes will be awarded to the best creations.

Submission period: Wednesday, April 1—Wednesday, September 30

Display period: Sunday, November 1—Sunday, November 29

Place: 2nd floor exhibit room

Fee: just pay admission

<Airplane-making Workshop>

 This is a workshop for children to learn how to make a propeller and rubber band-powered airplane. Participants will also get tips and tricks to make their plane fly farther.

Date: Saturday, April 25—Sunday, April 26 13:00-14:30

Place: 1st floor multipurpose hall

Capacity: 40 people (first-come first-served, elementary school students and older)

Sign up: Same-day sign-up starting at 10:00 at the reception desk on the 1st floor

Fee: just pay admission

  • Place: Museum of Aeronautical Sciences, 111-3 Iwayama, Shibayama Town, Sambu-gun
  • Hours: 10:00-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
  • Closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Admission: Adults 500 yen; junior high and high school students 300 yen; children over 4 years old 200 yen
  • Access: Narita Airport Station or Airport Terminal 2 Station on the JR Sobu, JR Narita, or Keisei Main Lines
  • By bus, take the AMB bus bound for “Minami-sanrizuka” and get off at “Koku kagaku hakubutsukan honkan-mae (Museum of Aeronautical Sciences main building)”
  • Inquiries: Museum of Aeronautical Sciences (0479-78-0557)
  • URL: http://www.aeromuseum.or.jp/

 2) Romanée-Conti Picnics at the Ichihara Lakeside Museum (Ichihara City)

 What does it mean to be “delicious”? This is the question raised by the “Romanée-Conti Picnic” exhibit at the Ichihara Lakeside Museum. This spring, the museum is holding picnics on the lawn inspired by Takeshi Kaiko’s short story, Romanée-Conti 1935.  

 Takeshi Kaiko is a famous Japanese author and activist who wrote on a wide range of topics, from novels and war stories to essays on food and drink. Romanée-Conti 1935, one of the latter, is named for one of the most famous kinds of French wine. Whether you are familiar with the story or not, everyone can appreciate works that wonder where the sense of “deliciousness” comes from, and this is the atmosphere celebrated at the Romanée-Conti Picnics.

 Every Sunday until the end of May and from May 2-6, the museum invites visitors to look out on Takataki Lake and indulge in the pleasures of spring.

  • Date: on Sundays until Sunday, May 31; also Saturday, May 2—Wednesday, May 6 14:30-16:30
  • Fee: picnic participation fee is 500 yen and includes a light meal
  • Place: Ichihara Lakeside Museum, 75-1 Funyu, Ichihara City
  • Museum hours: weekdays 10:00-17:00, Saturdays and the day before a holiday 9:30-19:00, Sundays and holidays 9:30-18:00
                       *Closed Mondays or next day if Monday is a holiday
  • Museum admission: general admission is 500 yen; 400 yen for high school students, university students, and for ages 65 and older; free for junior high school students and younger, and for persons with disabilities and one accompanying guest
  • Access: 20 min walk from Takataki Station (Kominato Railway); 5 min by car from Ichihara-Tsurumai IC (Ken-O Expressway)
  • Inquiries: Ichihara Lakeside Museum (0436-98-1525)
  • URL: http://lsm-ichihara.jp/ 

 3) Make Brick-Oven Pizza and Smoked Foods/Yacho-no-Mori (Tateyama City)

 A bird

  Tateyama is relatively warm even in early spring, giving life to the prefectural park Yacho-no-Mori. The park was opened as the third and southernmost prefectural park in Chiba in 1974. The 22.4-hectare park has been designated as one of the 100 best in Japan for shinrinyoku, which literally means “forest bathing” and refers to peaceful immersion in the woods. The vibrant greenery and beautiful blue waters you might expect from a park in the southern Boso peninsula, but there are also birds to see throughout the year, from the gray-faced buzzard and lesser cuckoo in summer, to Naumann's Thrush and the Eastern buzzard in winter. This spring, Yacho-no-Mori offers not only things to see, but hands-on experiences to try yourself.

<Make Brick-Oven Pizza>

Make pizza by hand and cook it in a brick oven for that authentic homemade taste!

Date: Saturday, April 11, 10:00-14:00

Capacity: 30 people (elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult)

To apply: application deadline is the day before or as soon as capacity is reached

Participation fee: 1,600 yen

Bring: health insurance card (copies accepted), hand towel, apron

<Make Smoked Food>

Smoke different kinds of food easily by cooking them in a cardboard box with a wire net.

Date: Saturday, April 25, 10:00-12:00

Capacity: 30 people (elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult)

To apply: application deadline is the day before or as soon as capacity is reached

Participation fee: 1,600 yen

Bring: health insurance card (copies accepted), hand towel, apron

  • Place: Tateyama Yacho-no-Mori, 553 Daijingu, Tateyama City
  • Access: From Tateyama Station on the JR Uchibo Line, take the JR bus bound for Shirahama (Awa-Kambe route) and get off at “Awa-Jinja-mae.” Yacho-no-Mori is 7 min on foot from there.
  • Inquiries: Tateyama Yacho-no-Mori Administration Office (0470-28-0166)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-forest.jp/yachou/ 

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