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Update:April 21, 2016

 

Chiba Nanohana News (April 2016)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) Recruiting 2016 CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors               

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       The Chiba Prefectural Government International Affairs Division is currently looking for CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors to help introduce and promote Chiba Prefecture through blogs, Facebook, websites, and other social media. CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors participate in tours and proactively explore Chiba Prefecture, sharing their discoveries in their native languages.

        Applications must be received by 5:00pm on May 2, 2016. For more details about this project, and to download the application form, please refer to the link below.

URL: http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/kokusai/english/information/residents/ambassadors.html 

 

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) Golden Week Events at Poppy-no-Sato Tateyama Family Park (Tateyama City)

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       Flowers and herbs are plentiful at Poppy-no-Sato Tateyama Family Park all year round. Located at the southern tip of the Boso peninsula, between the Sunosaki and Nojimazaki Lighthouses, this flower paradise looks out onto Heisaura Beach from the Boso Flower Line road. In spring, the 7,500 m2 flower garden is filled with one million poppies, the most in the Kanto area. Among the park’s facilities are mini-golf, a fruit garden, and a space for pets to run around. 

From Friday, April 29 to Thursday, May 5, Poppy-no-Sato has a variety of events for the whole family, including a flower vocabulary quiz, sunflower exhibition, horse-riding, poppies for sale, and more!

  • Dates: Friday, April 29—Thursday, May 5
  • Admission: 550 yen for junior high school students and older, 350 yen for age 4 and up

           *Some events may require a separate fee.

  • Place: Poppy-no-Sato Tateyama Family Park, 1210 Menuma, Tateyama City
  • Access: about 25 min by car from Tomiura IC on the Futtsu-Tateyama Road

            By bus from Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the JR Bus Flower Line bound for Nambo Paradise and get off at Family Park.

 2) Nagareyama Green Festival/ Nagareyama Otakanomori Station South Exit Urban Plaza (Nagareyama City)

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       From Friday, April 29 to Wednesday, May 4, the plaza in front of Nagareyama Otakanomori Station will transform into an English garden, complete with a quaint cottage, garden decorations, and flower art made from 4,000 flowers and vegetable seedlings. On Wednesday, May 4, there will be a variety of green and flowery events including a Nagareyama Otakanomori exploration tour (must sign up in advance), a green garden planning workshop, and a dried flower craft workshop.

  • Date: Friday, April 29—Wednesday, May 4, 10:00-16:00
  • Place: Nagareyama Otakanomori Station South Exit Urban Plaza
  • Access: right outside Nagareyama Otakanomori Station (Tsukuba Express or Tobu Urban Park Line)
  • Inquiries: Nagareyama City Marketing Division (04-7150-6308)
  • URL: http://www.city.nagareyama.chiba.jp/appeal/8820/009585.html

 3)Dolphin-Watching/Choshi Ocean Research Center (Choshi City)

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       Up to 30km offshore, in the Oyashio and Kuroshio currents that flow past the Choshi peninsula, dolphins and whales swim almost all year round. Among the varieties often spotted are the short-beaked common dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, the striped dolphin, the Pacific white-sided dolphin, the northern right whale dolphin, and Risso’s dolphin. Sometimes dolphin watchers have seen pods of up to 5,000 dolphins.

       Besides dolphins, you may also spot sunfish, sharks, flying fish, and albatrosses. Come out on a tour and enjoy the beauty of the waves and sky.

  • Season period: April—Thursday, June 30
  • Time: 3-4 hours
  • Boat departure times: Weekdays: 10:30
  • Weekends and holidays: 8:00 and 13:00
  • Fee: Adults (high school students and older) 6,500 yen; children (at least 10 years old) 5,000 yen

              *Children under 10 years old are not permitted.

              *Advance reservation required.

  • Capacity: 30 people per boat (minimum of 10 people per boat)
  • Meeting place: Choshi Ocean Research Center (Choshi Marina), 30 min before departure
  • Facilities: Bathroom, sink, A/C and heating
  • Place: 2-11077-9 Tokawacho, Choshi City
  • Access: 5 min walk from Tokawa Station on the Choshi Electric Railway (transfer to JR Sobu Main line at Choshi Station)
  • Inquiries: Choshi Ocean Research Center (0479-24-8870)
  • URL: http://www.choshi-iruka-watching.co.jp/

 4) Togo Cultural Festival (Kisarazu City)

        Togo is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana, Benin, and Burkina Faso. It is about 1/7th the size of Japan and is very multicultural, with French, Ewe and Kabiye among the languages commonly spoken.

        On April 15, visitors to Kisarazu City have an exciting opportunity to learn about Togolese culture. The Togo Cultural Festival will be held in Japan for the third time, and for the first time in Kisarazu. The festival features a film and documentary about Togo (at 17:00) and two concerts (at 18:00 and 19:15). There will even be a performance by King Mensah, who is known as “the king of Togolese music” and “the golden voice of Togo.” There will also be herbal tea and coffee served, as well as traditional crafts to enjoy and much, much more.

  • Date: Friday, April 15, 2016, 18:00-20:00 (doors open at 17:00)
  • Place: Kazusa Akademia Hall, 2-3-9 Kazusa-kamatari, Kisarazu City
  • Admission: 2,000 yen for adults, 1,500 yen for children (elementary school students and younger)
  • How to purchase tickets: Ticket Pia P-code: 289-733 or reserve by phone (0570-02-9999)

 5) Experience the Olympic Sports to be Hosted in Chiba

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      Three sporting events of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held in Makuhari Messe: fencing, Tae Kwon Do, and wrestling. If you can’t wait until the Olympics, this spring you can try these sports out for yourself! The first ten participants to try out two or more sports will be awarded a gold medal (wrestling is limited to junior high school students and younger).

Fencing

  • Date: April 14, April 21, May 12, May 19, May 26
  • Time: 19:00-21:00
  • Place: Chiba City Yayoi Elementary School Gymnasium
  • Access: 9min walk from JR Nishi-Chiba Station west exit, 6min walk from Keisei Midoridai Station
  • Capacity: 5 people
  • Sign-up: deadline is 3 days before desired date at 17:00
  • Fee: 300 yen
  • Bring: long-sleeved athletic clothing, sneakers, gloves
  • Inquiries and sign-up: Chiba City Fencing Association (090-8879-3242) (hours 18:00-21:00) 

Tae Kwon Do

  • Date: April 9, April 16, April 18, April 23, April 25, May 2
  • Time: Monday: 19:00-20:30, Saturday: 18:30-19:30
  • Place: Monday: Chiba City Benten Elementary School Gymnasium, Saturday: Studio Advance
  • Access: Monday: 2min walk from JR Chiba Station west exit, Saturday: less than 1min walk from JR Inage Station
  • Capacity: 15 people, elementary school students and older
  • Sign-up: deadline is 3 days before desired date at 22:00
  • Fee: 1,500 yen
  • Bring: athletic clothing, drink, towel
  • Inquiries and sign-up: Chiba Prefecture Tae Kwon Do Association (090-2755-9424) (hours 11:00-18:00)

Wrestling

  • Date: April 3, April 10, May 17, April 24, May 1, May 8
  • Time: 10:00-12:00
  • Place: Wakaba Wrestling Center
  • Access: 8min walk from Tsuga Station (JR, Chiba Urban Monorail)
  • Capacity: 10 people, junior high school students and younger
  • Sign-up: deadline is 3 days before desired date at 18:00
  • Fee: 800 yen
  • Bring: athletic clothing, indoor sneakers
  • Inquiries and sign-up: Wakaba Wrestling Center (090-2540-4335) (hours 10:00-18:00) 

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

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          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, 710,000 tulips of 100 varieties 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 2—Sunday, April 24, 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

 

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.          

 1) Shirushi-banten Exhibit and Make a Cute Duck at the Chiba Prefectural Otone Museum (Katori City)

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      The Otone Branch Museum in Katori City centers on the general themes of the nature and history of the Tone River and agriculture in Chiba, specializing in the east Shimosa region (now northwest Chiba Prefecture). Regular exhibitions explore history from ancient times to the middle ages, and even the culture of the local people. Through displays such as a model of a riverboat, fishing gear that has been designated a Prefectural Cultural Asset, and a water wheel and other agricultural tools, visitors can get a glimpse into people’s daily lives. The natural observatory next door allows visitors to learn about the plants and animals living in the river environment.

      This spring, the museum invites you to discover the nature and culture of living by the river. Visitors can learn about the culture of people working by the river through the shirushi-banten exhibit. Written with the character for “symbol” or “mark,” shirushi-banten is a kind of worker’s clothes with symbols like one’s house name or number dyed into the fabric. Then learn about the nature of the river through a hands-on workshop: paint a cute duck!

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  • Date: Friday, April 1—Sunday, May 8
  • Fee: free with admission

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  • Date: Friday, April 29—Sunday May 1, May 3, May 4, May 7, May 8 at 10:30 and 13:30
  • Capacity: 20 people per session, first-come first-served (same-day sign-up)

           *Elementary school students and older (preschool-age children must be accompanied by an adult)

  • Fee: 150 yen

・Place: Chiba Prefectural Otone Museum, 4500 Sawara-ha, Katori City

・Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission at 16:00; closed Mondays, or the next day if Monday is a holiday)

・Admission: 200 yen for adults; 100 yen for high school students; free for junior high school students and younger, age 65 and older

・Access: From Sawara Station (JR Narita Line) take the Rosen bus bound for Ogishima/Itako Bus Garage (“Itako Shako”) and get off at “Suisei Shokubutsu-en Iriguchi” and walk 600m.

   The bus departs from Sawara Station at 9:10 and 12:25, and departs Suisei Shokubutsu-en for the station at 14:24 and 15:31.

・Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Otone Museum (0478-56-0101)

・URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/OTONE/ 

 2) Sign Up for the Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2016

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       The Chiba Aqualine Marathon, which is run on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line across Tokyo Bay, will be held on Sunday, October 23 in Kisarazu City.

       The wheelchair half-marathon has been added to the full and half-marathon at this competition. Runners can enjoy racing past the rich scenery of the Boso Peninsula, from vast panoramic views of Tokyo Bay, to farming and residential districts. Registration starts on Tuesday, April 5. Take off into the sea and sky as you race along the Aqualine!

  • Event type and maximum number of participants:

           Full marathon (42.195km) / 12,000 participants

           Half-marathon and Wheelchair Half-marathon (21.0975 km)/ 5,000 participants

  • How to register: Sign up online between Tuesday, April 5 and Tuesday, April 26 at 17:00
  • Inquiries: Chiba Aqualine Marathon Planning Committee (within the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education)
  • URL: http://chiba-aqualine-marathon.com/2016/en 

 

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