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Update:December 1, 2015

 

Chiba Nanohana News (December 2015)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) Choose the Name of a New Special Needs School in Sakae Town 

  A new school for children with special needs will open in Sakae Town in April 2017. The school will have three sections for elementary, junior high, and high school level education, and is aimed at children with intellectual disabilities.

  The Chiba Prefectural Board of Education is calling for suggestions for the name of the new school. Suggestions will be accepted until Wednesday, December 9, and can be submitted by downloading the form online and sending it via fax. Submissions must include the submitter’s name, address, suggested name, and the reason for suggesting that name. The name will be chosen based on its merits, not based on how many times it was suggested.

Schools accepting submissions:

Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Board of Education, School Educational Reform Division (043-223-4079)

Tomisato Special Needs School (0476-92-2100)

Inba Special Needs School (0476-98-2200)

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) Winter Illuminations

 One of the best parts of the winter season is seeing the cold night brought to life by lights of all colors. Here are some of the must-see illuminations in Chiba.

Chiba Port Tower (Chiba City)photoporttower

 From the end of November to the end of December, the side of Chiba Port Tower will be lit up with 3,500 lights in the shape of a Christmas tree over 30 stories high.

  • Date: Saturday, November 21—Friday, December 25; weeknights 17:00-20:00, weekends and holidays 17:00-22:00 (December 23-25 is 17:00-24:00)
  • Place: 1-chome, Chiba-minato, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Admission: Adults 420 yen, elementary and junior high school students 200 yen, preschool and younger free
  • Access: 12 min walk from Chiba-minato Station (Chiba Urban Monorail and JR Keiyo Line)
  • Inquiries: Chiba Port Tower (043-241-0125)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-porttower.com/index.html 

Ichihara Quard Forest (Ichihara City)

 After the sun goes down, Ichihara Quard Forest will be lit up with bright illuminations that bring out the beauty of the forest.

  • Date: Monday, November 23—Sunday, December 27; weeknights 17:00-20:00, weekends and holidays 17:00-20:30
  • Place: 1011 Kakinokidai, Ichihara City
  • Access: From Goi Station (JR Uchibo Line), transfer to the Kominato Railway and get off at Tsukizaki Station, then walk 15 min.
  • Inquiries: Ichihara Quard Forest Management Office (0436-96-1119)

Starlight Fantasy 2015 at Asahi City Unakami Community Center (Asahi City)

 This year’s Starlight Fantasy featuring various light artwork will turn Asahi City into a fantastic wonderland. A special lottery event will be held on Sunday, December 20 at 15:00

  • Date: Sunday, December 6—Saturday, December 26, 17:00-21:00 (cancelled in case of rain) photoasahi

   *Special event on December 20

  • Place: 1 Takaoi, Asahi City
  • Access: 5 min walk from Iioka Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Commerce and Industry Association (0479-62-1348) 

Onjuku Water Park (Onjuku Town)

 32,000 lights of all colors twinkle brightly at night in Onjuku. To get viewers in the Christmas spirit, until December 25 the illuminations will feature a Christmas tree, Santa Claus, and reindeer.  After December 26, the illuminations will feature dolphins, fish, and Onjuku's famous spiny lobster, as well as Onjuku's mascot character Ebi-amigo and CHI-BA+KUN.

  • Date: Saturday, December 5—Friday, January 1, 17:00-22:00
  • Place: Onjuku Water Park, 2208 suka, Onjuku Town
  • Access: 7 min walk from Onjuku Station
  • Inquiries: Onjuku Town Tourism Association (0470-68-2414)

Mother Farm (Futtsu City)

 Mother Farm’s illumination display is themed “Twinkling Farm: A Starry Farm Fantasy” and has increased to 400,000 lights, plus an illumination show that tells the tale of a curious shooting star that falls onto a farm. From now until Sunday, January 31, visitors can rent skates and go ice skating beneath an 8m tall momi fir tree.

  • Date: Saturday, October 24—Sunday, January 31, 16:00-20:00

   *Held every evening Mother Farm is open until January 11; afterwards only on weekends and holidays

   *May be subject to change due to weather

    *Daytime hours are according to Mother Farm’s normal operation hours

  • Ice skating: Saturday, November 14—Sunday, January 31; 600 yen for adults, 400 yen for children; rental skates (400 yen) and gloves (100 yen) are available
  • Place: 940-3 Tagura, Futtsu City
  • Admission: after 16:00, 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for students, free for infants
  • Access: Free shuttle bus from Kimitsu Station (JR Uchibo Line) at 14:40; return shuttle bus departs Mother Farm at 19:30. Seat reservation required by telephone.
  • Inquiries: Mother Farm (0439-37-3211)
  • URL: http://www.motherfarm.co.jp

Country Farm Tokyo German Village (Sodegaura City)photogermanyvillage

 This famous illumination display is one of the largest in the southern Boso area, with 2,500,000 lights in various artistic designs that change every year. This year’s theme is “Toy Box: Bright Smiles.”  Visitors come from all over every year to see the Tunnel of Fireflies, Light and Sound Show, and the 3D illumination on the big lawn.

  • Date: Saturday, November 7—Thursday, March 31, 16:00-20:00 (admission for the illuminations is 15:00-19:30; in late January, illuminations turn on after dark)
  • Place: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura City
  • Admission (after 15:00): 2,000 yen per car or 500 yen per visitor on foot (children 3 years old and under get in free)
  • Access: About 5min (3km) from Anesaki Sodegaura IC on the Tateyama Expressway, or 8min (6km) from Kisarazu-Higashi IC on the Ken-O Expressway
  • Inquiries: Tokyo German Village (0438-60-5511)
  • URL: http://www.t-doitsumura.co.jp

 2) Issai Gassai Festival/Ajiki Elementary School Gymnasium and Parking Lot (Sakae Town)

 Come on down to Sakae Town for a fun-filled day packed with a variety of events. Visitors can enter a drawing to win free recycled goods and receive free compost. Visitors from previous years should look forward to the annual mochi-tsuki, or mochi pounding, and warm up with some nabe soup. The Issai Gassai Festival will be a day that brings together events related to health, welfare, and the environment.

  • Date: Sunday, December 13
  • Place: Ajiki Elementary School gymnasium and parking lot, 305 Ajiki, Sakae Town
  • Access: 10 min walk from Ajiki Station on the JR Narita Line

                   20 min by car from Narita IC on the Higashi-Kanto Expressway

                  20 min by car from Kozaki IC on the Ken-O Expressway

 3) Star Camp, Yoro Valley Hike, Christmas Wreaths and Cookies at Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (Kamogawa City)

  photoyorokeikoku    

  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 December, the Uchiurayama Prefectural Forest (kenmin no mori) is holding events to take advantage of the seasonal beauty of the forest. On Saturday, December 5 is the winter edition of Star Camp Kamogawa, held in cooperation with the Kimitsu Astronomy Club. Visitors can see all the stars in the winter night sky. There will also be chances for children to try out an astronomy telescope, and participants are welcome to bring their own telescopes as well.

 On Monday, December 7, visitors can explore the seasonal nature of the forest on a hike through the Yoro Valley. Enjoy Chiba’s late fall leaves as a group on this 12km course from Yoro-keikoku Station to the main road along the Nakase walking path.

 Visitors can get into the holiday spirit by making a Christmas wreath on Sunday, December 6. Using five-leaf akebia (also known as chocolate vine), pinecones, and red and gold ribbon, you can create a wild-looking design to decorate your home. Follow this up by making Christmas ornament cookies topped with icing on Sunday, December 13.

Star Camp Kamogawa: Starry Winter Skygazing

  • Date: Saturday, December 5; 16:00-20:30
  • Capacity: 20 people, first-come first-served (same-day sign-up)
  • Fee: 100 yen
  • Bring: health insurance card

Make a Christmas Wreath

  • Date: Sunday, December 6; 9:30-12:00 photowreath
  • Capacity: 15 people, first-come first-served. Sign up by Friday, December 4 via phone.
  • Fee: 1,300 yen
  • Bring: health insurance card, work gloves

Yoro Valley Hike

  • Date: Monday, December 7, 9:00-16:00
  • Capacity: 20 people, first-come first-served. Sign up by Saturday, December 5 via phone.
  • Fee: 1,300 yen
  • Bring: health insurance card, lunch box, water bottle, sheet to sit on, raingear, walking stick (optional)

Make Christmas Cookies

  • Date: Sunday, December 13; 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00
  • Capacity: 10 people per session, first-come first-served. Sign up by Friday, December 11 via phone.
  • Fee: 700 yen
  • Bring: health insurance card, apron, hand towel

 

  • 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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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.           

 1) Learn about Lamp Controllers at the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences (Shibayama Town)

  The Museum of Aeronautical Sciences in Shibayama Town is dedicated to the science, history, and technology of flight. Its creation was inspired by the opening of Narita International Airport in nearby Narita City, and the museum opened its doors in August 1989.

  This December, visitors can learn about how planes are directed and guided by the signal lamps used by air traffic controllers. An expert will explain about the topic in an easy-to-understand way. You can also get a chance to try it out yourself.

  The museum will also hold a Christmas concert twice on Wednesday, December 23. Listen to Christmas songs and enjoy some holiday cheer! 

Simple Aviation Talk: “Lamp Controllers

  • Date: Sunday, December 6 at 13:00
  • Place: First floor multi-purpose hall
  • Fee: just pay admission

Christmas Concert

  • Date: Wednesday, December 23 at 12:00 and 15:00
  • Place: West wing exhibition room
  • 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 Line

                  By bus, take the bus bound for “AMB Minami-sanrizuka” and get off at “Koku kagaku hakubutsukan honkan-mae (Museum of Aeronautical Sciences main building)”

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