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Update:August 15, 2016

 

Chiba Nanohana News (August 2016)

 Index

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

 I. News

 1) Makuhari Messe will host Seven Events for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Paralympic Games

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  Of the event locations that have been decided thus far, Chiba City’s Makuhari Messe will play host to three Olympic and four Paralympic events for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Games. The Olympic events will include wrestling, fencing, and Taekwondo, and the Paralympic events will include goalball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair fencing, and Taekwondo.

  In celebration of the games, the Chiba Port Arena in collaboration with Chiba Prefecture, Chiba City and NHK would like to offer citizens a chance to experience a variety of Paralympic Sports on Saturday, September 3rd. Experience wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, boccia ball, and wheelchair fencing. Goalball and sitting volleyball will also be available to try with prior registration. Registration for goalball and sitting volleyball ends Saturday, August 20th. Participation is limited to 30 people each session.

Para Sports Festa (Chiba City)

  • Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 11:00-14:30 (Reception from 10:00)
  • Sport time slots: 11:15-12:05, 12:15-13:05, 13:15-14:05
  • Place: Chiba Port Arena (1-20 Tonyacho, Chuo Ward, Chiba)
  • Fee: FREE (Goalball and Sitting Volleyball require pre-registration)

   *Be sure to wear appropriate attire, bring indoor shoes, a towel, and plenty of fluids to rehydrate

  • Access: 7 minutes on foot from Shiyakusho-Mae Monorail Station

                12 minutes on foot from Chibachuo Station (Keisei Line)

  • Inquiries: Para Sports Festa Committee (043)241-3001

                    E-mail: info@oneupad.co.jp

  • To Register: Please send the following information to the Para Sports Festa Committee by e-mail at info@oneupad.co.jp or fax 043-241-3002.

        *Registration is only required for Goalball and Sitting Volleyball

          Name, Gender, Age, Whether or not you have a disability, desired sport and time, Phone Number, E-mail or Fax Number

 2) Imagine Life in Sakura and Yachimata

       Chiba Prefecture is offering observation tours of the cities of Sakura and Yachimata to allow people to see the appeal of daily life in the area. Tours will feature the renovation of empty houses, samples of local delicacies, a discussion with city officials, and much more. The prefecture is encouraging college students interested in helping revitalize local regions, to move to the area and start new lives there.

  • Tour date: Saturday, October 8-Sunday, October 9
  • Application deadline: Monday, August 15
  • Capacity: 20 people (open to students attending university in Chiba Prefecture interested in regional revitalization)
  • Fee: free
  • How to sign-up: See JTB website (http://opt.jtb.co.jp/kokunai_opt/p/p1039886/)
  • URL: http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/seisaku/event/2016/monitortour3.html
  • Inquiries: Regional Revitalization Group, Policy Planning Division, Policy and Planning Department (043-223-2447)

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Beach Volleyball Moon Cup in Onjuku

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      Catch some rays and join in the excitement as Onjuku hosts Japan’s largest beach volley ball contest on the weekend of Friday, August 19th. Summer temperatures in Chiba are hot, but the competition will be evening hotter as more than 200 teams compete for the coveted Moon Cup in this annual contest. The competition will take place on special courts setup around Onjuku Beach’s Tsuki no Sabaku Memorial Statue. The memorial was built in honor of the popular 1920’s nursery rhyme titled “The Deseret of the Moon,” which was a collaboration between the artist and poet, Kato Masao, and composer, Sasaki Suguru. The story, which depicts the journey of a prince and princess as they travel through a hazy moonlit desert on camelback, is said to have been inspired by Onjuku Beach.  

  • Date: Friday, August 19th to Sunday, August 21st 9:00-15:00

              8/19 (FRI) Student Division

              8/20 (SAT) & 8/21 (SUN) General Divsion

             *Activities may be delayed due to weather.

  • Place: Onjuku Chuo Beach, near the Tsuki no Sabaku Memorial  
  • Access: 7 minute walk from Onjuku Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: Onjuku Tourism Association (0470)68-2414
  • URL: http://onjuku-kankou.com/event/beachvolley/ 

 2) See Diamond Fuji from Mt. Nokogiri/Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway (Futtsu City)

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      On Monday, August 22nd, the Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway will temporarily extend service so that visitors can see the “Diamond Fuji” from Mt. Nokogiri in Futtsu City. Diamond Fuji is a phenomenon that occurs when the rising or setting sun aligns with the peak of Mt. Fuji creating causing the mountain to shine like a diamond. If the weather conditions are just right, this phenomenon will be visible around 18:10 on the evening of the 22nd. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to catch this rare natural wonder!

  • Date: Monday, August 22nd, about 18:10

              Normal service hours (9:00-17:00) will be extended until 18:30.

              The last car departing from the foot of the mountain leaves at 18:00.

              Service may be stopped due to weather conditions to ensure safety.

  • Place: Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway Summit Station
  • Fee: One-way: 500 yen for adults, 250 yen for children; Round trip: 930 yen for adults, 450 yen for children
  • Access: 8 minutes on foot from Hamakanaya Station (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway (0439)69-2314
  • URL: http://www.mt-nokogiri.co.jp

 3)Jazz Cruise (Chiba)

       Board Chiba’s pirate ship and escape the summer heat with a cool night of jazz on the bay. On Saturday, August 27th, the Bay Side Chiba Pirate Ship will offer two live performances. Enjoy the evening with friends as the ship cruises along to a variety of nautical themed selections or spend the afternoon with the family enjoying selections such as “Pirates of the Caribbean.” 

  • Date: Saturday, August 27th

         ・Family Cruise: Boarding 13:30, Departure 14:00

           Fee: 3,000 yen for Adults,

                    500 yen for children middle school and younger

             *Children under 3 FREE

       ・ General Entry Cruise: Boarding 17:30, Departure 18:00

          Fee: 4,000 yen *Includes one drink

            (Children will be charged general entry)

  • Place: Chiba Minato Warf (1-20-1 Chuoko, Chuo Ward, Chiba)
  • Access: 8 minutes on foot from Chibaminato Station
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Foundation of Cultural Promotion (043) 221-2411

        For inquiries or tickets please visit or call:

        Chiba Culture Center       043(224)8211

        Chiba Civic Center           043(224)2431

       Tickets online at <webchiba.f-cp.jp/cultosj/reserve/gin_init>

   4) 22nd 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 22nd anniversary. About 150 university students from the National Student Flamenco Federation 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: Friday, August 5, 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: Monday, 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)

22nd National University Flamenco Festival in Tateyama 2016

Enjoy the elegant and passionate flamenco of students of the National Student Flamenco Federation.

  • Date: Sunday, August 7, 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

 5) 69th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display & 42nd 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 Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display.

42nd Yassai Mossai Dance Festival

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

69th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks

  • Date: Monday, 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.city.kisarazu.lg.jp  

 6) 62nd Asahi Tanabata Festival/Asahi Station and main shopping street (Asahi City)

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     Every year about 130,000 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: Saturday, August 6—Sunday, August 7
  • Place: Asahi Station area and main shopping street, 795-6 Ro, Asahi City
  • Access: 5 min walk from Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Tanabata Citizen Festival Planning Committee (0479-62-1348)
  • URL: http://www.asahi-tanabata.com/

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.  

 1) Explore the Deep with the Chiba Natural History Museum (Chiba)  

  The Chiba Natural History Museum and Institute will be hosting a special, “Wonders of the Deep Sea” exhibit until Monday, September 19th. Learn about the mysteries of the deep and interact with the amazing creatures that live there. With special exhibits, including paper crafts and a sea creature petting zoo, it is sure to be a fun and educational experience for the whole family.

 

  • Date: Exhibit through 9/19 Holiday Monday
  • Museum Hours: weekdays 9:00-16:30 (last admission 16:00) (closed Mondays, or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) *Open Mondays in August for summer break
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8/28 (SUN) Deep-Sea Paper Crafts   

  • Two sessions 13:30-14:30 & 14:30-15:30, Limit 40 people each

9/19 (MON) Deep-Sea Petting Zoo

  • Two sessions 10:00-11:00 & 11:00-12:00, Limit 30 people each
  • Admission: 500 yen general entry, 250 yen for students, seniors and children FREE
  • Place: Natural History Museum and Institute (955-2 Aobacho, Chuo Ward, Chiba)
  • Access: 15 minute bus ride from Soga or Chiba Station (JR Line)

       20 minute walk from Chibadera Station (Keisei Line)

  • Inquiries: Chiba Natural History Museum and Institute (043)265-3111

 2) Summer Nature Crafts, Stargazing, and Mountain-hiking at Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (Kamogawa City)

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     Uchiurayama was the first Prefectural Forest to be established in Chiba Prefecture. The evergreen broadleaf forest is mainly comprised of trees in the chinkapin and evergreen oak families, and flourishes thanks to the subtropic climate of the region. Originally, the forest was shared land in the Uchiura District used for a charcoal production, but due to the growing need for environmental conservation and leisure use of the forest, and because of strong appeals from the local town of Amatsu Kominato, the area was opened as a Prefectural Forest on November 21, 1970.

       Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest has 294 hectares of beautiful woods and is furnished with a main building, log cabins, camping grounds, a gymnasium, and walking paths through the best parts of the forest.  Visitors of all ages enjoy walking, hiking, and other recreational activities in nature.

       This August, the Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (kenmin no mori) is holding events to take advantage of the seasonal beauty of the forest. Make summer crafts, gaze up at the summer stars, and celebrate Mountain Day with a hike up a mountain.

Summer Craft Workshop

  • Make all kinds of crafts with natural materials, like a name plate to hang on your wall. (Takes about 90 minutes)
  • Date: Monday, August 1-Wednesday, August 31, 10:00-15:00
  • Fee: 300-1,200 yen (varies by craft)

Stargazing

Summer is a beautiful time of year to observe the night sky. See if you can find Saturn and Mars and take a starry quiz.

  • Date: Wednesday, August 10, 19:00-20:30
  • Capacity: 20 people
  • Fee: 500 yen

Hike up Mt. Iyogatake

Celebrate Mountain Day with a hike up Mt. Iyogatake, the Matterhorn of the Boso.

  • Dates: Thursday, August 11, 9:30-15:00
  • Capacity: 20 people (elementary school 4th grade students and older)
  • Fee: 1,500 yen for adults, 500 yen for junior high school students and younger

・Place: Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest, 3228 Uchiura, Kamogawa City

・Access: 4.5km north of Awa-Kominato Station (JR Sotobo Line)

・Inquiries: Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (04-7095-2821)

・URL: http://www.chiba-forest.jp/uchiurayama/

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