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Update:August 20, 2015

 

Chiba Nanohana News (August 2015)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) Funabashi Andersen Park ranked 3rd in Japan, 10th in Asia on TripAdvisor

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 TripAdvisor is used by millions of travelers to read and write reviews on hotels, flights, resorts, travel packages, and destinations around the world. Based on the number and content of these reviews, the website has compiled the Travelers’ Choice Awards, which recognize the top 25 destinations, beaches, landmarks, attractions, and more. Listed as the 10th best amusement park in Asia and the 3rd best in Japan (after Tokyo Disney Land and Sea) is Funabashi Andersen Park.

   The Hans Christian Andersen Park in Funabashi is inspired by the famous author of fairy tales like The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Ugly Duckling. Visitors can feel like they’ve entered a storybook as they explore the five areas of the park: Fairy-tale Hill, Mischievous Kingdom, the Children’s Art Museum, Nature Experience, and Flower Castle. The architecture of the park is reminiscent of rural Denmark in the 1800s, complete with thatched-roof buildings and a windmill 16 meters tall. The massive park also features a dress-up area, playgrounds, a pond to rowboat on, and much more! Bring the whole family and see why this park has been rated so highly on TripAdvisor!

  • Place: Funabashi Andersen Park, 525 Kanehori-cho, Funabashi City
  • Hours: 9:30-16:00 (closed Mondays; open until 17:00 every day until August 31 and on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays until October 31)
  • General admission: 900 yen; high school students (with student ID): 600 yen; elementary and junior high school students: 200 yen; preschool children over 4 years old: 100yen; advance discount tickets are also available.
  • Access: From Misaki Station (Shin-Keisei Line), take the bus bound for Komuro Station (Hokuso Line) and get off at “Prefectural Forest (Kenmin-no-Mori)” or take the bus bound for Secomedic Hospital and get off at “Andersen Park (Andersen Koen)” (about 15 minutes).

                From JR Funabashi Station north exit, take the bus bound for Komuro Station (Hokuso Line) and get off at “Prefectural Forest (Kenmin-no-Mori)” or take the bus bound for “Toyotominokyo-mae” and get off at the last stop (about 40 minutes).

                From Kita-Narashino Station (Shin-Keisei Line or Toyo Rapid Railway Line), take the bus bound for Komuro Station (Hokuso Line) and get off at “Andersen Park (Andersen Koen)” or take the bus bound for Secomedic Hospital and get off at “Toyotominokyo-mae” (about 20 minutes).

                From Komuro Station (Hokuso Line), take the bus bound for JR Funabashi Station north exit and get off at “Prefectural Forest (Kenmin-no-Mori)” or take the bus bound for Kita-Narashino Station and get off at “Andersen Park (Andersen Koen)” (about 15 minutes).

 2) Free Shuttle Buses from Narita Airport to Tateyama, Kamogawa, and Choshi 

   A new service called ChiBUStory (a composite of Chiba Bus Story) will bring together various tourist sites in Chiba and Narita International Airport. Free highway buses will run 4 times a day, round-trip, from Narita Airport along routes to Tateyama, Kamogawa, and Choshi. Buses will run from Monday, August 17 to Wednesday, September 30. Though the bus service is free, users must reserve a seat online. The website is mostly in Japanese, but the homepage and reservation pages are also available in English. Users are also requested to answer a customer feedback survey about their experience.

 

mapchibaRoutes:

*All routes stop at all three terminals of Narita Airport.

1 Tateyama Route

Stops at Highway Oasis Furari, Tomiura Biwa Club, Tateyama Station, Aloha Garden Tateyama

2 Kamogawa Route

Stops at Seaside Station Kujukuri, Sunrise Kujukuri, Shirasato Beach, Nakazato Beach, Hitotsumatsu Beach, Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station, Ohara Station, Onjuku Station, Katsuura City Tona Parking Lot, Awa-Kominato Station, Kamogawa Seaworld, Awa-Kamogawa Station

3 Choshi Route

Stops at Kozaki Town Hakko-no-Sato, Sawara Station north exit, Mizu-no-Sato Sawara, Omigawa River, Tohnosho Town, Choshi Station, Cape Inubosaki

Make a seat reservation on the official website:

http://www.chibustory.jp/en/

 

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1)19th Toyo Summer Concert/Yachiyo-midorigaoka Station South Plaza (Yachiyo City)

 The Toyo Rapid Railway Line Company is holding a summer concert to give thanks to the many people who use the Toyo Line every day and to give locals a chance to get more familiar with the railway. Junior high and high school students who attend schools along the line will star in wind ensemble, Japanese taiko drum, and orchestral music performances.

Thursday, August 27:

  1. Toyo High School Orchestra
  2. Takatsu Junior High School Wind Ensemble
  3. Funabashi-Shibayama High School Wind Ensemble
  4. Yachiyo-Higashi High School Wind Ensemble
  5. Chiba Eiwa High School Wind Ensemble
  6. Funabashi-Higashi High School Wind Ensemble

Friday, August 28:

  1. Tsuboi Junior High School Wind Ensemble
  2. Kayada Junior High School Wind Ensemble
  3. Yachiyo High School Taiko Drums
  4. Yachiyo High School Wind Ensemble
  5. Yachiyo Shoin High School Wind Ensemble
  6. Shumei-Yachiyo Junior High/High School Wind Ensemble
  • Date: Thursday, August 27—Friday, August 28, 17:00-20:50
  • Place: Yachiyo-midorigaoka Station (Toyo Rapid Railway) South Plaza, 1-1104-3, Midorigaoka, Yachiyo City
  • Access: right outside Yachiyo-midorigaoka Station (Toyo Rapid Railway)
  • Inquiries: Toyo Rapid Railway Line Planning Department (047-458-0017) (weekdays 9:00-17:30)

 2)14th Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival and 13th Tennodai District Citizen Festival (Abiko City)

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 Visitors to Abiko City have two events to enjoy on Saturday, August 29.

 The 14th Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival is presented by the Tennodai North Exit Merchants’ Association and five other local organizations. Visitors are invited to bring the whole family to enjoy the variety of exciting events taking place throughout the day: hula dancing, Japanese taiko drums, elementary and junior high school students performing in wind ensembles, yosakai soran dances, cheerleaders, and more. At night, the 350m venue will be decorated by LED balloons that light up the night.

 The 13th Tennodai District Citizen Festival brings together locals to invigorate the region. The festival features tons of food stalls from local sellers, and children won’t want to miss the game corner! Guests of all ages are invited to dance the night away in the bon dance.

 Celebrate summer and Tennodai at these exciting festivals!

14th Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival

  • Date: Saturday, August 29, 13:00-20:30 (postponed to Sunday if inclement weather)
  • Place: Tennodai Station (JR Joban Line) North Exit, Shibasaki Road, Abiko City
  • Access: 1-3 min walk from Tennodai Station (JR Joban Line)
  • Inquiries: Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival Planning Committee (090-3227-5343)

13th Tennodai District Citizen Festival

  • Date: Saturday, August 29, 12:00-21:00 (postponed to Sunday if inclement weather)
  • Place: Tennodai Station (JR Joban Line) South Exit, Tennodai West Park, Abiko City
  • Access: 1-3 min walk from Tennodai Station (JR Joban Line)
  • Inquiries: Tennodai District Citizen Festival Planning Committee (04-7182-0954)

 3) 21st National University Flamenco Festival/Nanso Cultural Hall, Yawata Beach, Aeon Town Tateyama (Tateyama City)

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 This year the Flamenco Festival celebrates its 21st anniversary. About 200 university students from the National Student Flamenco Federation (consisting of 18 universities) will give powerful performances of flamenco across Tateyama.

<Aeon Town Tateyama Flamenco Show>

  A flamenco show at the local shopping center, Aeon Town Tateyama. Enjoy dynamic flamenco dance closer up and more personal than stage shows.

  • Date: Thursday, August 6, 17:30-19:00
  • Place: Aeon Town Tateyama, Yawata, Tateyama City
  • Access: 15 minutes on foot from Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line)

<Fireworks and Flamenco>

  About 10,000 fireworks are shot off during the Tateyama Bay Fireworks Show, one of the largest fireworks displays in Chiba Prefecture. Enjoy the beauty of flamenco performed against a background of giant star mines, water fireworks that fan out to a diameter of 250m along the surface of the bay, and other grand fireworks lighting up the night sky.

  • Date: Saturday, August 8, 18:30-20:45 (fireworks begin at 19:30)
  • Place: Yawata Beach Special Stage, Yawata, Tateyama City
  • Access: 10 minutes on foot from Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line)

<21st National University Flamenco Festival in Tateyama 2015>

Enjoy the elegant and passionate flamenco of students of the National Student Flamenco Federation (comprised of 18 universities).

  • Date: Sunday, August 9, 14:00-17:30 (Hall opens at 13:30)
  • Place: Chiba Nanso Cultural Hall Main Hall, Hojo, Tateyama City
  • Admission: Free (numbered ticket is required for admission)
  • Access: 20 minutes on foot from Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: National University Flamenco Festival Planning Committee (Tateyama City Lifelong Learning Division (0470)22-3698
  • URL: http://www.city.tateyama.chiba.jp/kankou-bunka/cate000175.html

 4) 68th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display & 41st Yassai Mossai Dance Festival/Fujimi-dori and Kisarazu Port areas (Kisarazu City)

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  In Kisarazu, which has flourished as a port town since long ago, the Kisarazu Port Festival originally began in 1948 to honor the ancestors who built the ports and laid the foundation for the city’s prosperity. Since then, on the 14th and 15th of August each year, Kisarazu is filled with visitors who have come to see the city’s greatest festival.

  The Yassai Mossai Dance is held on the first day of the Port Festival. The venue, Fujimi-dori, which is located along the west exit of Kisarazu station, is filled with the dancers’ cries of “osa, osa, ossa” and people who have come to watch the dancers.

  The words “yassai mossai” are the lyrics from the Kisarazu Jinku, a folk song of the area. “Ossa” is a response in the local dialect expressing agreement, and means “let’s understand each other.”  At the Yassai Mossai festival, people of all ages come to enjoy dance together.

  Additionally, visitors from inside and outside the prefecture, seeking the beauty painted upon the summer night sky will come to see the 10,000 fireworks at this year’s 68th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display.

<41st Yassai Mossai Dance Festival>

  • Date: Friday, August 14, 18:00-20:30
  • Place: Fujimi-dori, Fujimi, Kisarazu City
  • Access: Right outside the west exit of Kisarazu Station (JR Uchibo Line)

<68th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks>

  • Date: Saturday, August 15, 19:15-20:30
  • Place: Inner harbor of Kisarazu Port
  • Access: 15 minutes on foot from the west exit of Kisarazu Station (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Kisarazu City Tourism Association (0438-22-7711)
  • URL: http://www.kisarazu.gr.jp

 5) 61st Asahi Tanabata Festival/Asahi Station and main shopping street (Asahi City)

  Every year about 120,000 people come to Asahi to enjoy this exciting summer event. Approximately 150 colorful tanabata decorations hang from buildings along the main shopping street, and mikoshi shrines, festival music, and dance performances add to the atmosphere. The special festival stage will feature a performance by enka singer and Asahi City’s tourism ambassador Sachiko Shiina among a variety of other events.

  • Date: Thursday, August 6—Friday, August 7
  • Place: Asahi Station area and main shopping street, Ro, Asahi City
  • Access: 5 min walk from Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Tanabata Citizen Festival Planning Committee (0479-62-7537)

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.           

 1) Mt. Nokogiri Starry Sky Camp 2015/Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway (Futtsu City)

 What better way to enjoy summer than to spend a cool evening gazing up at the stars? Escape the lights of the city and take the ropeway cable car to the top of Mt. Nokogiri to see the beautiful night sky. On Saturday, August 29, there will be a viewing event to observe summer and fall constellations and even the planet Jupiter.

  • Date: Saturday, August 29—Sunday, August 30 (canceled if inclement weather)

               Start: Saturday at 17:00

               End: Sunday at 9:00

  • Place: Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway Peak Station
  • Capacity: 40 people (first-come first-served, please inquire in advance)
  • Fee: 3,200 yen for adults (18 and older); 2,500 yen for junior high and high school students; 1,500 yen for elementary students; 500 yen for children 6 and under (includes health insurance fee)
  • Bring: dinner and breakfast (microwave and free hot water available), writing materials, picnic sheet to sit on, warm clothes, simple sleeping gear (blankets allowed, futons not allowed), a tent or sleeping bag
  • Access: 8 minutes walk from Hamakanaya Station (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway (0439-69-2314)
  • URL: http://www.mt-nokogiri.co.jp 

 2) See Monsters This Summer at the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (Chiba City)

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  This summer is your chance to encounter yokai, supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore, including kappa, tengu, oni, and dragons. There is a variety of events and items on display to lure visitors of all ages into the world of mystery and fantasy. There are drawings, prints, and other kinds of art depicting yokai, as well as yokai-themed cosplay, games, stories, and more. The exhibit closes with a glimpse into yokai familiar to modern-day visitors. Sign-up for all events is done on the day of the event, and children in 3rd grade of elementary school or younger must be accompanied by a guardian. Learn about this fascinating element of Japanese folklore and have a paranormal summer! 

<Yokai Day>

This event for children includes bead-scooping, yokai sugoroku (a game similar to backgammon or Snakes and Ladders), and story-telling.

Date: Saturday, August 8, 10:00-16:00

<Yokai Story-telling>

Listen to stories about all kinds of supernatural monsters. Participation is free but capacity is limited to 15 children, first-come first-served.

Dates: Sunday, August 9 and 30 at 11:00 and 14:00

<Make a Yokai Guide Writing Pad>

Children can make a shitajiki writing pad to help them identify all kinds of yokai. Additional fee required but there is no limited capacity.

Dates: Sunday, August 16 and 23, 10:30-15:30

<Yokai Folktale Anime Screening>

On Sundays and holidays during summer vacation, children can watch an anime about yokai folktales. Participation is free.

<The Mythology of Yokai in Chiba>

Experts from the National Folk History Museum and the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History will talk about the mythology of yokai. Capacity is limited to 150 adults.

Date: Saturday, September 12, 13:00-16:30

<Mononoke Scary Stories>

Mononoke are spirits that can possess individuals and make them suffer. Visitors are welcome to enjoy spooky stories with pictures about these creatures of folklore. Capacity is limited to 150 adults.

Dates: Saturday, August 22; Sunday, September 6 and 13; 13:30-14:30

<Museum Talk>

Every Saturday, Sunday, or holiday at 11:00 and 14:30, museum curators will discuss the displays in detail.

  • Exhibition dates: Saturday, July 11—Wednesday, September 23
  • Place: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, 955-2 Aoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Admission: 500 yen; 250 yen for high school and university students; free for junior high school students and under and 65 and older
  • Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission is 16:00)
  • Access: From Chiba Station east exit, take the bus from platform 7 bound for Chiba University Hospital (“Chiba daigaku byoin”) or “Minami-yahagi,” or take the bus from platform 6 bound for “Kawado-miyakoen.” Ride for about 15 min and get off at the Natural History Museum and Institute (“Chuo hakubutsukan”). From there it is about 7 min walk to the museum.

         From Soga Station east exit, take the bus from platform 2 bound for Chiba University Hospital (“Daigaku byoin”). 

        Ride for about 15 min and get off at the Natural History    Museum and Institute (“Chuo hakubutsukan”) and walk for about 7 min to the museum.

        The museum is about 20 min walk from Keisei Chiba-dera Station.

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