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Update:February 17, 2016

 

Chiba Nanohana News (February 2016)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) A New Kind of Strawberry Created in Chiba Prefecture

              Strawberry lovers may be familiar with different breeds of strawberry like Aiberry and Tochiotome, each with their own balance of sweetness, tartness, and juicy flavor. Now, a new kind of strawberry has been developed right here in our own Chiba Prefecture at the Agriculture and Forestry General Research Center. Temporarily named “Chiba S4,” its characteristics include its large size and juicy fruit, even balance between sweetness and tartness, perfect cone shape, and bright red color.

photostrawberry     The Chiba S4 will be sold in stores beginning in spring 2017, but first it needs a more appropriate name.  From November to December, over 2,500 suggestions were collected, and the choices have been narrowed down to 10 possible names: Amapuri-chan, Ayatemari, Sachioji, Seishun Red, Sen-carat, Sen-no-kirameki, Chibaberry, Dropberry, Tongarippe, and Ruby Drop. The name that receives the most votes will be chosen.  To vote for your favorite, pick up a ballot at one of the 30 designated strawberry farms throughout Chiba Prefecture and mail it in by Wednesday, March 16. While you’re there, why not go strawberry-picking and sweeten up your February?

              If you can’t decide which farm to go to, take a trip to the 5th Ichigo-no-Sato Sammu City S1 Grand Prix, where you can not only vote for the Chiba S4 name, but you can also try all kinds of strawberries and strawberry-flavored desserts. 

5th Ichigo-no-Sato Sammu City S1 Grand Prix

  • Date: Saturday, March 12, 11:00-14:30
  • Place: Hasunuma Seaside Park No. 1 parking lot
  • Inquiries: S1 Grand Prix Planning Committee (within the Sammu City Town Revitalization Division, 0475-80-1202)

Chiba S4 Strawberry

 2)Telephone Advisory Service for Foreign Residents

              The Chiba International Center provides a regular telephone advisory service for foreign residents so that all foreign residents can enjoy a carefree and pleasant life in Chiba Prefecture.  An advisor will respond to your questions, and if she or he cannot answer your question, she or he will consult with a specialist or refer you to a specialist hotline or organization that can help.

              The service provides advice on daily life, legal or social problems, Japanese customs and culture, tourism, and international exchange. If you have any questions on any of those topics, please don’t hesitate to contact the Chiba International Center.

Advice topic examples

  • Daily Life: Hospitals, school, apartments, birth, drivers licenses, work, etc.
  • Legal or Social Problems: Visa status, foreigner registration, international marriage, leaving Japan, divorce mediation, etc.
  • Japanese Customs and Culture: Neighborhood relationships, workplace rules, traditional customs, food, etc.
  • Tourism: Transportation, parks, museums, art galleries, Leisure Land, festivals, sports events, etc.
  • International Exchange: Japanese lessons, international exchange events, etc.

Languages Supported

English/Japanese: Monday to Friday, 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00

Chinese: Tuesdays, 9:00-12:00

Spanish: Monday to Wednesday, 9:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00

Contact information

  • Telephone: 043-297-2966 (exclusive telephone advisory number)
  • Fax: 043-297-2753
  • E-Mail: ied@ccb.or.jp
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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) Katsuura Big Hina Doll Festival/Tomisaki Shrine (Katsuura City)

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        Over 30,000 hina dolls will be displayed all around Katsuura City in celebration of the hina-matsuri, or Girl’s Festival. Hina dolls will decorate the 60 stone stairs within the grounds of Tomisaki Shrine, and will be lit up in the evenings. This event first originated from efforts to hold the “Big Hina Doll Festival” (originally held in Katsuura Town in Tokushima Prefecture) in the eastern region of Japan as well. Chiba’s Katsuura City has adopted 7,000 hina dolls from Katsuura Town in Tokushima.

              There will be a hina doll parade featuring children in hina doll costumes, as well as a dance parade, and much more!

Display Locations:

Tomisaki Shrine

1,500 hina dolls will line the shrine’s 60 stone steps. Every day of the festival, volunteers will put the dolls out for display and then put them away at night. (Will be canceled in case of bad weather.)

Katsuura central shopping area

Here in the central shopping area located next to Tomisaki Shrine, you can find special platforms displaying the dolls, unique displays at each of the stores, and doll decorating workshops in vacant store lots. There will also be special hina doll exhibits at the Kakuoji Temple gates and Tona intersection.

Other displays

The largest kyoho-bina dolls in Japan will be displayed at the Katsuura Art and Culture Center Kuste (pronounced “kyuste”). The Emperor and Empress dolls measure 120 cm tall. At Matsunochosho Temple, there will be a lit-up display on Saturdays and Sundays during the festival period.

Dolls will also be displayed at Okitsu Community Center, Ueno Assembly Hall, Fusano Assembly Hall, tourist facilities, financial institutions, and other locations.

  • Date: Friday, February 26 – Sunday, March 6
  • Place: Tomisaki Shrine, 1 Hama-Katsuura, Katsuura City
  • Access: 10 minutes on foot from Katsuura Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: Big Hina Doll Festival Planning Committee (Katsuura City Tourism and Commerce Division) (0470-73-6641)
  • URL: http://www.katsuura-sanpo.com/facilities/event/post-449/

 2) Narita Plum Festival/Naritasan Park (Narita City)

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              Spread out over a vast expanse of 165,000m2 behind the Great Main Hall of Narita Shinshoji Temple, Naritasan Park is blessed with a colorful atmosphere throughout the seasons with its scenery of plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, and maple trees.

              In the Japanese garden here, there are approximately 500 white and red plum trees with an average age of over 50 years old. Many of these plum trees have aged gracefully, and the sight of the trees’ delicate blossoms delight temple visitors.

              On weekends during the Plum Festival, there will be musical performances and free amazake (sweet sake) to welcome visitors. There will also be a “plum viewing haiku contest” and the Omotesenke Narita City Tea Ceremony Association will hold tea ceremonies, making the festival an event where visitors can enjoy the many pleasures of spring in Japan.

  • Date: Saturdays and Sundays from February 20—March 6, 10:00-15:00
  • Place: Naritasan Park, 1 Narita, Narita City
  • Access: 10 minutes on foot to Narita Shinshoji Temple from Narita Station (JR Narita Line or Keisei Line)
  • Inquiries: Narita City Tourism Association (0476-22-2102)
  • URL: http://www.nrtk.jp/

 3) Treasure Hunt and Sunset Viewing (Asahi City)

              Are you ready for an adventure? Treasure chests have been hidden at three locations in the Iioka district of Asahi City. Find the secret keyword inside and tell these keywords to the staff at the booth to win a participation prize and be entered in a drawing for the grand prize. Spend a day exploring the history and famous spots of Iioka district and see what treasure you can discover!

              At the end of your treasure hunt, sit back and relax at one of the most beautiful sunrise/sunset spots in Japan: the Light and Wind Observatory on Cape Gyobu. Members of the Asahi City Volunteer Tourist Photography Association will be there to offer advice on how to capture the beautiful sunset on film. 

Treasure Hunt

  • Date: Sunday, February 21, 10:00-13:00
  • Place: Iioka Fishing Port/Shimonagai, Asahi City
  • Access: From JR Iioka Station, take the city community bus bound for Asahi Chuo Hospital and get off at the Port Park (“Minato-koen”)

                    By car, take the Choshi Connection Road to Yokoshibahikari IC onto Rt. 126

  • Inquiries: Asahi City Tourism and Production Association Iioka Branch (0479-62-5338)

Sunset Viewing

  • Date: Sunday, February 21, 10:00-18:00
  • Place: Light and Wind Cape Gyobu Iioka Observatory, 1309-1 Kaminagai, Asahi City
  • Access: By car, take the Choshi Connection Road to Yokoshibahikari IC onto Rt. 126
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Volunteer Tourist Photography Association (0479-55-5206)

 4) 10th Kujukuri Iwashi Festival/Sunrise Kujukuri (Kujukuri Town)

              Since the 1500s, Kujukuri Town has had a thriving iwashi fishing industry. Iwashi is a general term for several different species of fish: the Japanese pilchard, the round herring, and the Japanese anchovy. The iwashi industry in Kujukuri is one of the most prosperous in Japan, and serves as a central pillar in the town’s economy. Kujukuri has developed into an “iwashi town,” and is celebrating “iwashi culture” with an iwashi festival! iwashifesta2016

             The Beachside Haul Iwashi Festival, coming into its 10th year, is a series of events that fish-lovers and Kujukuri-area residents won’t want to miss. For dessert, there will also be strawberry-picking and direct-sale coupons courtesy of the Sammu City Naruto Tourism Strawberry Association.

Kujukuri Market

              Iwashi of all kinds—dipped in sesame, dried, flavored with mirin, and more. The first 300 people at 13:30 will get free mirin-flavored iwashi!  Local Kujukuri moms will lead a free class on how to cut and prepare iwashi at 13:00. Fresh iwashi will be cooked and fried in tempura for everyone to try for a super low price.

  • Date: Sunday, February 7; Sunday, March 6; 12:00-15:00
  • Place: by the Sunrise Kujukuri Rotary
  • Inquiries: Kujukuri Area Development Association Office (within Sunrise Kujukuri, 0475-76-4151)
  • URL: http://iwashimatsuri.web.fc2.com/

 5) 16th National Hole-Digging Competition and Other Events at Narita Dream Farm (Narita City)

              Guests will dig the events this month at Narita Dream Farm, among which is the 16th National Hole-Digging Competition. The rules are simple: whoever can dig the deepest hole in 30 minutes wins. Diggers are limited to store-bought shovels, buckets, ropes, and ladders. Up to 6 people can participate as a team. Bring your friends and warm up this winter with some fiery competition, or come cheer on the competitors and enjoy a fun day at Narita Dream Farm!

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16th National Hole-Digging Competition

  • Date: Sunday, February 7, 9:30-15:00 (check-in is 7:00-8:30, postponed to Sunday, February 14 in the event of inclement weather)
  • Divisions: General Competitive, General For Fun, Ladies Only, Kids Only (elementary school and younger)
  • Prizes: All-Around Champion: 100,000 yen; also prizes for Ladies team, Kids team, For Fun team, Best Cosplay, and more
  • Sign-up: reserve by phone (250 teams, first-come first-served)
  • Participation fee: 5,000 yen for general divisions; 3,000 yen for ladies and kids divisions (maximum 6 people per team; parking fee is separate; participation fee includes admission)

Cow Caretaker

Play the role of the cow caretaker as you feed, brush, and milk the cows. You can even talk to them and experience a new kind of communication.

  • Date: Thursday (holiday), February 11 and Sunday, February 21 at 10:30-11:30 and 13:30-14:30
  • Place: Cow Barn
  • Capacity: 15 elementary school students and younger per session, first-come first-served (please reserve by phone)
  • Participation fee: 300 yen (admission is separate)

Baby’s First Shopping Trip

Buy the three items on the shopping list and get a prize for completing your first shopping trip on your own! Parents can watch their children go shopping on their own in the safety of Narita Dream Farm.

  • Date: Saturday, February 20, 12:00-13:30 (canceled in the event of inclement weather)
  • Place: meet at the Big Barn
  • Capacity: 70 people, first-come first-served (please reserve a spot by phone)
  • Participation fee: free, but the items cost about 1,000 yen (admission is separate)

Who Am I? A Valentine Present from Cows

Whose body is that? Whose nose is that? Guess which body parts belong to which cow! Get all of them right and win Valentine’s Day chocolate from the cows!

  • Date: Saturday, February 13, 13:30-14:30 (canceled in the event of inclement weather)
  • Capacity: 100 elementary school students and younger (first-come first-served)
  • Participation fee: free (admission is separate)

Own a Potato Field

Choose one of the three varieties of potato to plant in your very own potato field at Narita Dream Farm. The staff will take care of your potatoes until harvest time in June.

  • Date: Saturday, February 20—Sunday, February 21, 13:00-15:00 (canceled in the event of inclement weather)
  • Capacity: 100 field plots (first-come first-served, please reserve by phone)
  • Participation fee: 3,000 yen for 1 plot of 20 potatoes (harvest amount varies with weather; admission fee is separate, but 1 owner is granted free admission at harvest time)

Bunny Doll Festival

This doll festival features rabbits dressed up for the holiday. Take pictures with the “Usa-hina” bunny dolls!

  • Date: Saturday, February 27, 14:00-14:30
  • Place: FrienZOO Plaza (moved to the Big Barn in case of rain)
  • Fee: free (admission is separate, please bring your own camera)

Doggy Sports Festival

A sports festival for dogs of all shapes and sizes!

  • Date: Sunday, February 28 (postponed to Sunday, March 6 in case of inclement weather; check in at 10:30, event starts at 11:00)
  • Place: Acre Plaza
  • Capacity: 60 dogs (first-come first-served, please reserve by phone)
  • Participation fee: free (admission is separate) 

JKC Certified Dog Trainer-Led Mini-Game Competition

A trainer from the Japan Kennel Club will lead dogs through an agility training obstacle course, retrieve event, and other challenges that test the bond between dog and owner.

  • Date: Sunday, February 28 at 13:00
  • Place: Acre Plaza
  • Capacity: 30 people, first-come first-served
  • Participation fee: free (admission is separate)

Place: Narita Yume Bokujo, 730 Nagi, Narita City

Admission: junior high students and older 1,400 yen; children 3 years old and over 700 yen

Parking: Regular cars 600 yen; large cars and buses 1,100 yen; bicycles and motorcycles 300 yen

Access: 10 min by free shuttle bus from Namegawa Station on the JR Narita Line, 2 min by car from Shimosa IC on the Ken-O Expressway

Inquiries: Narita Yume Bokujo (0476-96-1001)

URL: http://www.yumebokujo.com/

 6) Mobara Winter Tanabata Festival/Mobara City Hall South Side Parking Lot, Main Community Center, Resident Meeting Hall (Mobara City)

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             Tanabata, which originates from the Chinese Qixi Festival, is a holiday that celebrates the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi. Orihime and Hikoboshi fell in love at first sight, but once married, they neglected their duties: Orihime stopped weaving cloth, and Hikoboshi’s cow herd strayed all over heaven. As a result, Orihime’s father, Tentei the sky king, separated them across the Milky Way (Amanogawa, literally “heavenly river”), and forbade them to meet. But Orihime cried so much that her father relented and allowed them to meet on the seventh night of the seventh month. Today, tanabata is a festival often associated with starry nights and love.

             The best place to celebrate tanabata is in Mobara, home of the Amanogawa River which separates the two star-crossed lovers in the traditional story. Usually tanabata, which means “Seventh Night,” is celebrated on July 7 (or in accordance with the lunar calendar), but Mobara has created a second night when the lovers can meet in winter, aligning with Valentine’s Day on February 14. Events include illuminations, a place to meet new people, a market, an Orihime contest, events on stage, and delicious food.

  • Date: Sunday, February 14, 10:00-19:00 (illuminations lit up at 17:30; Amanogawa River illuminations from Monday, February 1 to Sunday, February 14)
  • Place: Mobara City Hall South Side Parking Lot, Main Community Center, Resident Meeting Hall, 1 Dobyo, Mobara City
  • Access: 20 min walk from Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), 20 min by car from Mobara-Chonan IC (Ken-O Expressway)
  • Inquiries: Mobara Tanabata Festival Planning Committee, Event Committee (within the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division, Mobara City Hall) (0475-20-1528)
  • URL: http://www.mobara-kankou.com/tanabata/

 

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.          

 1) Poisonous Sea Creatures at the Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (Katsuura City)

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           Living in the ocean surrounding Chiba Prefecture are various creatures that have poison in their bodies in order to be able to eat other creatures, or that use poison to protect themselves from enemies. Learn about these dangerous and exciting creatures, especially the species that live near Chiba, at the Marine Science Gallery.

           In addition to the special exhibit, in the display room staff will guide visitors through various simple handicrafts and fascinating experiences regarding creatures of the ocean.

Marine Science Gallery: Poisonous Sea Creatures

  • Date: Saturday, February 27 to Sunday, May 8

Ocean Experience Corner

  • Date: Saturday, February 20 at 11:00-11:20, 13:30-13:50
  • Capacity: 6 people per session, first-come first-served (same-day sign up, elementary school students and younger must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Fee: 50 yen (museum admission is separate)

Place: Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba; 123 Yoshio, Katsuura City

Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission at 16:00); 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)

Inquiries: Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (0470-76-1133)

URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/UMIHAKU/ 

 2) Make a Snow Globe and Other Events at Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)

              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.

              This February, the museum is hosting a series of lectures and hands-on workshops to explain scientific topics in a fun and easy-to-understand way.

Make a Snow Globe

  • Date: Sunday, February 7 at 10:30 and 13:15
  • Capacity: 24 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up 20 minutes in advance (same-day). If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
  • Fee: 300 yen

Polish Copal Resin and See the Creatures Inside

  • Date: Sunday, February 14 at 10:30 and 13:15
  • Capacity: 24 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up 20 minutes in advance (same-day). If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
  • Fee: 350 yen

Make a Magatama or Deer Antler Pendant

Make a magatama (a comma-shaped bead or jewel that dates back to prehistoric Japan) or a pendant by shaving down talc deer antlers.

  • Date: Sunday, February 21 at 10:30 and 13:30
  • Capacity: 30 people per session (for elementary school students and older; 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up 20 minutes in advance (same-day). If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
  • Fee: 300 yen

Find Leaf Fossils

  • Date: Sunday, February 28 at 13:15 and 14:45
  • Capacity: 24 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up 20 minutes in advance (same-day). If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
  • Fee: 150 yen

Place: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, Onitaka 1-1-3, Ichikawa City

Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30; 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 (047-379-2005)

URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/SCIENCE/

 

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