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Update:August 14, 2017

Chiba Nanohana News (August 2017)

 Index

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

 I. News

 1) “Three-Dimensional Modelling: Past, Present, and Future – Figures in Chiba” Exhibition at the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (Chiba City)

     Celebrate the end of summer at the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art and learn about the complex history, popular present-day appeal, and virtual future of three-dimensional modeling. Japanese figures have become famous worldwide as a way to breathe new life into our favorite comic, anime, and game characters. This exhibit will introduce some of the figures that lead to the boom in present-day figure popularity. Chiba’s history of three-dimensional modeling will also be on display with the earthen (clay) figures and terracotta figures of our past. Additionally, guests will be able to experience the future of 3D Modelling with a live performance of virtual artistry.

Date: Until Sunday, September 24
9:00-16:30 (admission closes at 16:00; closed Mondays)
Admission: 800 yen for adults; 400 yen for high school and college students; free for junior high school students and younger, age 65 and older (discounts also available for groups of 20 or more)

 2) “Thank You Chiba Free Pass” On Sale Now!

     Back by popular demand, last year’s All-you-can-ride Train and Bus Pass returns as this year’s “Thank You Chiba Free Pass.” This year, the all new “Thank You Chiba Rider’s Pass” also makes its debut. The Rider’s Pass includes rides from Tokyo to participating areas. The pass allows passengers to use local trains and buses freely and may be used in combination with ticket booklets and limited express lines.

Information:

“Thank You Chiba Free Pass”

Price:     Adults 3,900 JPY,

Children 1,950 JPY

“Thank You Chiba Rider’s Pass”

Price:     Adults 4,700 JPY,

Children 2,350 JPY

On Sale: 2017/8/1 (Tue) – 11/29 (Wed) *Tickets may be purchased and used on the same day

Period of Use: 2017/9/1 (Fri) – 11/30 (Thurs)

Valid Use: Tickets are valid for a consecutive two days only within the Period of Use.

Retail Locations:

“Thank You Chiba Free Pass”

              JR Stations (Travel Counter) Between: Ichikawa - Hon Chiba, Maihama - Soga, Funabashi Hoten – Minami Nagareyama, Matsudo – Tennodai, Narita, Narita Airport Terminal 2, Narita Airport Reserved Seating Ticket Machine/ Byuu Plaza/ Green Service Window

“Thank You Chiba Rider’s Pass”

All major stations’ Reserved Seating Ticket Machine, Green Service Window, Byuu Plaza

*Some locations in Chiba may not offer this pass 

For more information on routes and valid areas of use, please visit <http://maruchiba.jp/miryoku/marugoto/39freepass.html( External link )>, or call the Chiba Prefecture Commerce, Industry, and Labor Department at TEL(043)223-2412.

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II. Festivals and Events

 1) Myoken Taisai Festival (Daradara Matsuri)/Chiba Shrine (Chiba City)

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     Chiba Shrine honors the North Star and the Big Dipper, and has worshipers from all over the nation as “Chiba’s Myoken-sama,” which is thought to offer protection from bad luck and bodily harm.

     The Myoken Taisai Festival is held every year from August 16 to 22, and has been held every year without fail since 1127. The other name for the festival, “Daradara Festival” comes from how the giant taiko drum, which leads the mikoshi (portable shrine) sounds like “daran-daran” because of the unique way the drum is hit.

     On Tuesday, August 16, the mikoshi will be carried to the otabijo, or place of pilgrimage, and return to its original place on Monday, August 22. During both of these days the mikoshi will be paraded all around the city before reaching its final destination, and many locals will come out to see it. The highlight of the festival is at approximately 7:00pm on the 22nd, when the mikoshi returns to the shrine. You can see the spectacular image of the great vermillion-lacquered mikoshi illuminated by the countless paper lanterns.

  • Date: Wednesday, August 16 – Tuesday, August 22
  • Place: Chiba Shrine
  • Innai, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 10 minutes by foot from Chiba Station (JR Sobu Line)
  • Inquiries: TEL (043) 224-2211 (Chiba Shrine)
  • URL: http://www.chibajinja.com (Japanese)

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

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     On Monday, August 23rd, 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 23rd. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to catch this rare natural wonder!

  • Date: Wednesday, August 23, 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) 16th Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival and 15th Tennodai District Citizen Festival (Abiko City)

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     Visitors to Abiko City have two events to enjoy this August. On Saturday, August 19, the Tennodai North Exit Merchants’ Association and five other local organizations will host the 16th Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival. Visitors are invited to bring the whole family to enjoy the variety of exciting events taking place throughout the day: elementary and junior high school students performing in wind ensembles, youth karate performances, and more. At night, the venue will be decorated by LED balloons that light up the night.

     On Saturday, August 26, the 15th 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!

16th Tennodai Fureai Summer Festival

15th Tennodai District Citizen Festival

  • Date: Saturday, August 26, 11:00-21:00 (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 (04-7182-1565)

 4) Yaegaki Shrine Festival/Yaegaki Shrine (Sosa City)

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Every year on August 4-5, about 20 mikoshi from 10 communities of Sosa, mainly those around Yaegaki Shrine, will gather for a fantastic procession. Accompanied by the airy hayashi (festival music) melodies of the flutes and taiko drums, the mikoshi bearers shout out the phrase “anryaa-doshita!” in the unique local style as they parade the streets. The lively rhythm brings excitement to anyone watching.

One unique tradition of this festival is the practice of splashing mikoshi bearers with cold water. Large dump trucks filled to the brim with water are used to pour so much water on the mikoshi procession that it seems like it is raining.

This festival is unique because it opposes the tradition of forbidding women from carrying the mikoshi, and so there are “onna-mikoshi” (women’s mikoshi) carried only by women. The onna-mikoshi is special because it is particularly rare even all throughout Japan to have mikoshi only carried by women. Not to be outdone by the men, on the evening of the 4th, spirited young women will bear 10 mikoshi from around city.

The festival’s highlight is the full mikoshi procession. On the morning of the 5th, over 20 mikoshi and hayashi players from all over the city will depart from Yokaichiba Elementary School and parade all over town, one after another. In the evening, the event will reach the height of festivities as the mikoshi follow each other into Yaegaki Shrine and mikoshi bearers show off their strength.

  • Date: Friday, August 4, 7:00-22:00
  • Saturday, August 5, 10:30-22:00
  • Place: Yaegaki Shrine, 2939 Yokaichiba-I, Sosa City
  • Access: 5 minutes by foot from Yokaichiba Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: (0479)73-0089 (Sosa City Industrial Promotion Division)
  • URL:http://www.city.sosa.lg.jp/( External link )     

 5) 23rd National University Flamenco Festival/Nanso Cultural Hall, Yawata Beach (Tateyama City)

flamenco

This year the Flamenco Festival celebrates its 23rd anniversary. About 130 university students from the National Student Flamenco Federation (consisting of 14 universities) will give powerful performances of flamenco across Tateyama.

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 across the horizon, and other grand fireworks as they light up the night sky.

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

23rd National University Flamenco Festival in Tateyama 2017
Enjoy the elegant and passionate flamenco of students of the National Student Flamenco Federation (comprised of 14 universities).
Date: Saturday, August 12, 14:00-17:30 (Hall opens at 13:30)

 6) 70th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display & 43rd Yassai Mossai Dance Festival/Fujimi-dori and Kisarazu Port areas (Kisarazu City)

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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 70th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Display.

43rd Yassai Mossai Dance Festival

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

70th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks

  • Date: Tuesday, 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)

 

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 Make your own Ocean Inspired Original Craft at the Coastal Branch of Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (Katsuura City)

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Collect materials from the beach and make your own one of a kind craft project. This class is open to everyone!

Date: 8/19 (Sat)

Time: 1) 10:45-11:45 2) 13:30-14:30

(Please arrive 10min in advanced, this class is limited to the first 15 people.)

Class fee: 50 JPY per person (does not include general admission)

 

General Information

Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba

  • Place: 123 Yoshio, Katsuura City
  • Open 9:00-16:30
  • Closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Admission: Adults 200 yen, high school and college students 100 yen, junior high school and younger/age 65 and older free
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Ubara Station (JR Sotobo Line), 7min by Taxi from Katsuura Stn.
  • Inquiries: Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (0470-76-1133)
  • URL: http://www2.chiba-muse.or.jp/?page_id=411

 

Katsuura’s Underwater Park

  • Place: 174 Yoshio, Katsuura City
  • Open every day 9:00- 17:00 (Receptions closes at 16:30)
  • Admission: Adults 960 yen, Children Middle School age and younger 470, Children 4 and younger 210 yen
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Ubara Station (JR Sotobo Line), 7min by Taxi from Katsuura Stn.
  • Inquiries: By phone at 0470-76-2955
  • URL: http://www.katsuura.org/opening/index.html

 

 Summer Events at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)

 planet

The Chiba Museum of Science and Industry in Ichikawa City shows the history of modern technology (especially Chiba’s key industries of electric power, petroleum, iron, and steel), explains how advanced technology has changed society, and considers the relationship between science and people. Here are some of the museum’s summer activities that are fun for the whole family!

Planetarium Viewing
Date: 8/9 (Wed) – 8/27 (Sun) (*8/21 (Mon) is a museum holiday)
(Elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Fee: General 500 yen, Student Entry 250 yen, Children FREE

Future Technology Exhibit
An introduction to future technologies in various fields.
Date: 8/12 (Sat) – 8/27 (Sun) (*8/21 (Mon) is a museum holiday)
Fee: FREE

  • Place: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, Onitaka 1-1-3, Ichikawa City
  • Museum Hours: 9:00-17:00; closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday
  • Admission: 300 yen; 150 for high school and college students; free for junior high students and younger, age 65 and older
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Motoyawata Station on the JR Sobu Line, 5 min from Ichikawa IC on the Keiyo Road
  • Inquiries: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (047-379-2221)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/SCIENCE/

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