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Update:December 1, 2016

Chiba Nanohana News (December 2016)

 Index

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

 I. News  

 1) Get to Know the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Events (Chiba City)

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    Seven events from the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture. This includes three Olympic events, Taekwondo, Fencing, Wrestling, and four Paralympic events, Wheelchair Fencing, Taekwondo, Goalball, and Sitting Volleyball.

    In order to familiarize Chiba citizens with the sporting events being held here, the Prefecture will be holding a variety of educational sporting events for the public. These events will include demonstrations by world class and national first class athletes and offer citizens a chance to try them out for themselves. The next event will center on Taekwondo and take place on Sunday, December 4th.

Taekwondo Experience

            TEL:043-223-2428 FAX:043-225-4467

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Yamakura Salmon Festival/Yamakura Shrine (Katori City)

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    Hatsuu-sai is celebrated on the first day of the rabbit, the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. As offerings of salmon are made at the Hatsuu-sai of both the Yamakura Daijin Shrine and the Kampukuji Temple, this tradition is alsoknown as the “salmon festival.” This ritual was originally held on the first Day of the Rabbit during the eleventh month. It is said that in olden times, when the time of the festival neared, the salmon would swim up the nearby Kuriyama River.

  At Yamakura Daijin Shrine, salmon are said to be servants of the Ryugu Palace. During the pre-festivities before the hatsuu-sai (currently held on the first Sunday of December)¸ the salmon offering is cut into tiny pieces by way of the Shirakawa-style knife ceremony ritual. These are then distributed to visitors as safety charms that can only be obtained on the day of the ceremony. These are highly valued because of the play on words “wazawai wo sakeru (“avoid disasters”)” and “sake (salmon).” These cut salmon charms, as well as charred salmon charms, which are also available at the shrine, help ward off sickness and accidents. They are especially well regarded as cold remedies. During the hatsuu-sai, there will be a gallant traditional procession in which the salmon is offered up. In the evening, there will also be the mikoshi procession.

  On December 7 of every year, the hatsuu-sai is held at Kampukuji Temple. This tradition began with a tale passed down at the temple, which says that the dragon god offered salmon to Kobo-Daishi (Kukai), who had locked himself away in the temple to fast and pray. The Kobo-Daishi then split the salmon amongst the local village people and healed their sicknesses.

Yamakura Salmon Festival

  • Date: Sunday, December 4
  • Procession begins at 11:00; mikoshi procession held in the evening
  • Place: Yamakura Daijin Shrine(2347-1 Yamakura, Katori City)
  • Access: A short walk from the Yamakura Shrine bus stop (40 min. via bus bound for Yamakura from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)) (*Please note there are only about three buses per day)
  • Inquiries: (0478)79-2706 (Yamakura Shrine)

               (0478)79-2802 (Kampukuji Temple)

 2) Make a Christmas Wreath and Mini Kadomatsu/Seiwa Prefectural Forest (Kimitsu City)

  Get into the holiday spirit at Seiwa Prefectural Forest. You can make a Christmas wreath to decorate your door on December 17th. On December 24th, make a mini kadomatsu, a New Year’s pine decoration.

      Seiwa Kenmin-no-mori is a prefectural forest established with the aim of promoting regional mountain villages in addition to protecting the natural environment of the forest and supporting its appropriate use. Various species of tree grow in the forest, including konara (a kind of oak), sudajii (an evergreen tree in the beech family), momi fir, and tsuga (also called Southern Japanese hemlock). There are also places to camp and stay in lodges in the 3,200ha forest.

Make a Christmas Wreath

  • Date: Saturday, December 17, 10:00-12:00
  • Place: Ki-no-furusato Building
  • How to Sign-up: by telephone by Tuesday, December 13
  • Fee: 500 yen

Make a mini Kadomatsu

  • Date: Saturday, December 24, 10:00-12:00
  • Place: Ki-no-furusato Building
  • How to Sign-up: by telephone by Tuesday, December 20
  • Fee: 1,000 yen

Place: Seiwa Prefectural Forest, 660 Toyofusa, Kimitsu City

Access: From Kisarazu Station (JR Uchibo Line) east exit, take the Kyuko bus from platform 3 bound for “Kameda Byoin (Kameda Hospital)”. Get off at “San Raporu (Sun Rapport)” and walk 10 min.

Inquiries: Seiwa Prefectural Forest Management Office (0439-38-2222)

URL: http://www.chiba-forest.jp/seiwa/

 3) Daffodil Festival/Ezuki Daffodil Road & Okuzure Suisenkyo (Kyonan Town)

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  Since long ago, the Minami Boso (southern Chiba) region has been so warm that it has been said, “once you cross over Mt. Nokogiri, you need one less layer of clothing.” Even when the northern regions of Japan are covered in snow, the Minami Boso region is painted with flowers.

      Flowers growing in the Boshu region (now referred to as the Minami Boso region), were said to originate in the Ansei Period (1854-1860). During this time, the Japanese daffodils that grew in the Hota district were called “Motona daffodils,” and transported to Edo (Tokyo) by boat.

Ezuki Daffodil Road

  Once the shipment time has passed, the daffodils are preserved for viewing. These daffodils are in full bloom on both sides of this 3km stretch of the local town road, which is referred to as the Ezuki Daffodil Road. During the Daffodil Festival, you can purchase locally produced fruits and vegetables from local farmers and daffodil flowers as you enjoy an earlier spring.

  Thanks to the local climactic conditions, Kyonan’s daffodils are characterized by their strong fragrance and tall stalks. The peak for daffodil viewing is from mid-December to the end of January.

  During the Daffodil Festival, hot soup and other goods will be available for purchase at the Ezuki Daffodil Plaza at 11:00 on Sunday, January 8.

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  The contrast of the Japanese daffodils with the green leaves and golden fruit of the surrounding mikan trees stand out against the winter sky. Also, early blossoms of red and white plum flowers towards the end of January will welcome you.

  During the Daffodil Festival, there will be mochi pounding at the Sakuma Dam Park beginning at 11:00 on Sunday, January 15.

  As the viewing season for the daffodils draws to an end, the season for the early blooming cherry blossom trees of Sakuma Dam Park will begin. The “Yoritomo-zakura,” one of Kyonan Town’s symbols, will begin blossoming in mid-February. You can also enjoy the Tairyo-zakura, Kanhi-zakura, Higan-zakura, Somei-Yoshino, Shidare-zakura, and Yae-zakura cherry trees until mid-April.

  • Date: Saturday, December 17 – Sunday, February 5
  • Place: 1) Ezuki Daffodil Road (Ezuki area, Kyonan Town, Awa-gun)

             2) Okuzure Suisenkyo (Okuzure area, Kyonan Town, Awa-gun)

  • Access: (For Ezuki Daffodil Road) 15 minutes by foot from Hota Station (JR Uchibo Line) to the entrance of the Daffodil Road

                     (For Okuzure Suisenkyo) Take the Town Circulating Bus from Hota Station or Awa-Katsuyama Station (JR Uchibo Line)

  • Inquiries: (0470) 55-1683 (Hota Station Tourism Information Center)

                      (0470) 55-8040 (Okuzure Suisenkyo Office of Tourism)

                        (0470) 55-1560 (Kyonan Town Local Development Division)

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 1) Christmas with Chiba-kun (Chiba City)

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    Join Chiba-kun and the Natural History Museum and Institute of Chiba in celebrating this holiday season on Sunday, December 18th. There will also be a small parade in Aoba-no-mori Park located in front of the museum, as well as a chance to make pinecone Christmas trees. Happy Holidays!

Christmas with Chiba-kun

Date: Sunday 12/18

<Christmas Ornament making>

  • Time: 10:30-11:30, 14:00-15:00
  • Fee: 100 yen

    *Same day registration, participation is limited to 30 people

<Christmas Walk with Chiba-kun>

  • Time: 12:10-13:30

     *No registration required

     *Canceled in the case of bad weather conditions

Location: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba

Access: From JR / Keisei Chiba Station, take a bus for Daigaku-Byouin or Minami-Yahagi. 5 minutes walk from the Chuo-Hakubutsukan bus-stop. Or 15 minutes walk from Keisei Chiba-dera Station.

Website: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/NATURAL/english/index-e.htm

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