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Chiba Nanohana News (January 2015)


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 I. News

 1) Winners of the Chiba Collaboration Award (Governor of Chiba Award): Community Planning Through Cooperation

  Chiba Prefecture has many examples of citizen groups, businesses, schools, and public institutions working together to successfully solve local issues in fields such as welfare, environment, parenting, and local development. The prefecture selects outstanding examples of cooperation to be granted the Chiba Collaboration Award to encourage the formation of close-knit communities.

 This year, the following three out of twelve entries were chosen as the award winners.

<Winners of the Chiba Collaboration Award>

◇Recovery tourism promotion: From the March 2011 disaster to communities full of flowers and greenery (Asahi City)


Flowers and greenery Asahi City

 The Iioka area of Asahi City was severely damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. As local people share their experiences during the disaster with the next generation, they work to revitalize local communities and make residents smile again through recovery and reconstruction. These efforts include maintaining old roads, cleaning walking paths in tourist spots, and creating community gardens.

・Group Name: Committee for the Reviving Asahi City with Flowers and Greenery Project (15  member groups)


◇Revitalize a fishing village featuring Kotani House, a residence of Japanese painter Shigeru Aoki (Tateyama City)

Kotani House

 Kotani House is known as the location where Shigeru Aoki, a painter in the early 20th century famous for his Western-style paintings, drew his masterpiece “Fruits of the Sea.” The house has been designated a tangible cultural property by Tateyama City. The City is working to revitalize the local community by preserving the Kotani House and finding a practical use for it.

・Group Name: 13 groups including NPO Awa Cultural Property Forum, NPO Aoki Shigeru “Umi-no-sachi” and Tateyama City

◇Clean Project in Midorigaoka—Cleaning-up to create a safer and more secure community (Yachiyo City)

Yachiyo city

The groups involved in this project clean up and patrol the community, offering residents volunteering opportunities that everyone can participate in without feeling obligated.

 The campaign helps residents feel closer to their community and encourages local people to communicate across generations.

 Group Name: 10 groups including Midorigaoka Clean Project, Midorigaoka Elementary School and Yachiyo City

◇Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Government, Cultural Promotion and Citizens’ Life Affairs DivisionTEL: 043-223-4133    FAX: 043-221-5858

 2) Free Consultation for Foreign Residents

 If you have any concerns about visas, immigration, start-up business, adoption, pension, insurance, labor problems, or any other legal issues, the Chiba International Center will be providing free consultation by specialists on Saturday, January 17. Interpreters are available upon request. Please make reservations at the Chiba International Center.

  • Date: Saturday, January 17
  • Time: 13:00-16:00
  • Place: Chiba International Center: 14Fl. Marive East, World Business Garden (WBG) 2-6 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba
  • Access: 5 min. walk from JR Keiyo Line, Kaihin-Makuhari Station South Exit
  • Inquiries and reservations: Chiba International Center (043-297-0245)
  • E-mail: kudo@ccb.or.jp 

 3) Chiba Food Promoted on Restaurant Search Engine Gurunavi

 Gurunavi, a Japanese online restaurant search engine, has created a special feature page that provides information on the rich regional specialties of Chiba Prefecture. It introduces 10 kinds of meat, fish, and produce that are in season from winter to spring along with comments from the farmers and fishermen.

 What’s more, you can learn how to cook these items at home from the online recipe collection Chef Gohan, part ofGurunavi.  Enjoy this gourmet delight from Chiba!


chiba the pork





◇Special feature webpage on food produced in Chiba Prefecture

・Available Monday, December 8, 2014—Saturday, February 28, 2015


◇Cooking recipes on Chef Gohan

・Available Tuesday, December 9, 2014—Saturday, February 28, 2015

・URL http://chefgohan.gnavi.co.jp/chibarecipes2014 

◇Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Government, Distribution and Marketing Division  

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 II. Festivals and Events     

 1) Sakae Sports Festa 2014: Aim for the Olympics!/Ajikidai Elementary School Gymnasium (Sakae Town)

  This is the last in a series of events that let children meet top athletes who have achieved success on the world stage. The athletes will lead a gymnastics class to inspire children to dream big and discover their limitless potential. First there will be a demonstration by the Juntendo University Gymnastics Department, in which Mutsumi Harada, who competed at the Sydney Olympic Games, will perform routines on the high bar and floor and explain the techniques. Then participants will be able to use the equipment and try it themselves.

  • Date: Sunday, January 25
  • Time: check-in: 8:30, opening: 9:30, class: 10:00, finish: 12:00
  • Place: Ajikidai Elementary School Gymnasium, 4 Chome-34-1 Ajikidai, Sakae Town
  • Capacity: 100 people (first-come first-served)
  • Fee: free
  • Access: 15min walk from Ajiki Station (JR Narita Line)
  • Inquiries: Sakae Town Lifelong Learning Department, Sports Promotion Section (0476-95-1112)

 2) Strawberry Picking in Chiba


 Chiba is one of the top producers of strawberries in Japan, and since they are grown in greenhouses, strawberry season is during the winter months. There are so many places to pick strawberries that the list would go on forever, so here are just a few places across Chiba where you can pick your own big, delicious strawberries!

<Fruits Land Toke Tourism Strawberry Farm Erd Beere (Chiba City)>

 This strawberry farm has a 5,000m2 space just for strawberry picking, making it one of the largest in the prefecture. It is handicap-accessible and visitors can also purchase fresh vegetables, flowers, and souvenirs.

  • Season: January to late May
  • Place: 26-34 Otakacho, Midori-ku, Chiba City
  • Price: January to February 11: 1,700 elementary school students and older; 1,600 for children ages 4-6; 600 for ages 2-3; free for infants under 2
  • February 12 to April 11: 1,600 for elementary school students and older; 1,400 for children ages 4-6; 600 for ages 2-3; free for infants under 2 (price decreases afterwards; prices are for 30min all-you-can-eat)
  • Access: From Honda Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the Chiba Chuo Bus bound for Oami. Get off at “Okido Shinden” and walk north 10min.
  • Inquiries: Fruits Land Toke Tourism Strawberry Farm Erd Beere (Fruits Land Toke Kanko Ichigo-en E-ato Be-re) (043-294-0757)

<Honno Strawberry Production Association (Mobara City)>

 The “Honno strawberry” is bred using honeybees to pollinate the plants. These strawberries are so good, you’ll understand the meaning of the Japanese phrase “so delicious your cheeks will fall off.” There are three strawberry-picking farms in the Honno district and direct-sale stores along Rt. 128. There is even a coupon for 100 yen off on the website.

  • Season: mid-January to early May
  • Price: mid-January to February: 1,600 yen for elementary students and older; 1,200 yen for children 3 and over, 500 yen for children under 3 (price decreases in March and April)
  • Place: Honno Strawberry Production Association (Honno Ichigo Seisan Kumiai), 767-2 Houme, Mobara City
  • Access: 15min walk from Honno Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: Strawberry Direct-sale Store (Ichigo Chokubaijo) (0475-34-1515, 9:00-16:00)
  • URL: http://www.honnoh1515.com/

<Takanashi Farm (Otaki Town)>

 In addition to delicious strawberries that you can dip in condensed milk, there is also jam and dried strawberries for sale.

  • Season: mid-January to early May
  • Place: 261 Ishigami, Otaki Town
  • Price: ask when you go
  • Access: 20 min walk from Higashi-Fusamoto Station (Isumi Railway)
  • Inquiries: Takanashi Farm Direct Sale Store (0470-82-2155); home number (0470-82-4368)

<Ebato Strawberry Farm (Asahi City)>

  • Season: January to mid-May
  • Place: 76-I, Asahi City
  • Price: January to Feb: 1,500 yen for elementary students and older; 1,300 for preschool and younger (prices decrease in March and April)
  • Access: 5min by taxi from Asahi Station or Iioka Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • By car from the Chiba-Togane Road, exit at Yokoshibahikari IC, turn left onto Rt. 126 for Asahi. Drive 35min and it’s on the right.
  • By car from the Higashi-Kanto Expwy, exit at Taiei IC and take the Toso Toll Road towards Asahi. Exit at Otogari IC, turn right onto Rt. 56, bear left onto Rt. 70 (turns into Rt. 28), then turn left at Fukuronishi intersection onto Rt. 126. It’s 3km down on the right.
  • Inquiries: Ebato Strawberry Farm (Ebato Ichigo-en) (0479-63-2549)
  • URL: http://ebato.sweet.coocan.jp/

 3) Accepting Applications for the 25th Minamiboso Flower March


  The 25th Minamiboso Flower March is a sports festival that promotes a healthy mind and body while being in close contact with the comfortable spring breeze and salty spray of Minamiboso. It is officially recognized by the Japan Marching League (JML), the Internationaler Volkssportverband/Japan Volkssport Association (IVV/JVA), the Kanto-Koshin’etsu Marching League (KKML), and the All Japan Walking Cup (AJWC). Walkers, hikers, strollers, and wanderers of all kinds will not want to miss this event!

  • Date: Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8
  • Place: Chikura Health Center, 2705-6 Chikuracho-seto, Minamiboso City
  • Routes: Day 1 (3/7): Shirahama/Nojimasaki Lighthouse course, Uchibo countryside course

                       Day 2 (3/8): Maruyama/Wadaura Beach course

  • Distance: Each route begins and ends at the Chikura Health Center, with different length courses of 5km, 10km, 11km, 20km, 23km, 33km, and 35km. On the first day only, there will be a 24km course (Uchibo countryside course that starts at Minamiboso City Hall).
  • Start time: varies by course length
  • Bring: lunch, drinking water, rain gear, hat, health insurance card, proof of payment, small plastic cup (tea will be passed out)
  • Participant qualifications: Walkers with good walking manners who can follow traffic rules and event rules. All nationalities, ages, genders, etc. are welcome. Junior high school students and younger must be accompanied by a guardian, and handicapped participants must be accompanied.
  • To apply: Fill out the application form and send it via mail, deliver it directly to City Hall, or submit it online at http://www.sportsentry.ne.jp by Friday, January 30. (Applications will be accepted after the deadline, but your name will not be recorded in the list of registered participants in the event magazine. You can also sign up on the day of the event, but participation prizes may run out.)
  • Access: 5min walk from Chikura Station (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Minamiboso Flower March Planning Committee Office (0470-33-1091)

 4) Best Spots to See the First Sunrise of the New Year

photo Kujukuri Town Kujukuri Town

  One highlight of New Year’s festivities in Japan is seeing the first sunrise of the new year, hatsuhinode. Chiba Prefecture has some of the best places in the country to see the sunrise. Get a great start to 2015 at one of these spots!

◇Cape Inubo, Choshi City
 Cape Inubo boasts the earliest sunrise (6:46) in all of Japan, excluding mountain summits and outlying islands.
・Place: Inubosaki, Choshi City

・Access: 7 min walk from Inuboh Station on the Choshi Electric Railway Line

・Inquiries: Choshi City Tourism Association (0479-22-1544)
◇Sannodai Park, Togane City

 Voted one of the top 100 views in Chiba Prefecture for its outlook on Kujukuri and the Pacific Ocean, Sannodai Park is the perfect spot to see the first sunrise.
・Place: Togane, Togane City

・Access: 15 min walk from Togane Station

・Inquiries: Togane City Tourism Association (0475-50-1142)
◇Katakai Central Beach (New Year’s Day Festival), Kujukuri Town
 On January 1st starting at 5:30AM, enjoy free amazake and iwashi-dango-jiru (sardine dango soup) and participate in guess the weight of the giant kagami-mochi (mirror-shaped mochi) while watching the first sun of 2015 rise from the Pacific Ocean.
・Place: Katakai, Kujukuri Town, Sambu-gun

・Access: From Togane Station (on the JR Togane Line), take the bus for Katakai or Motosuka and get off at Nishinoshita

・Inquiries: Kujukuri Town Tourism Association (0475-76-9449)

*For inquiries related to the New Year’s Day Festival, contact the Kujukuri Commerce Association at 0475-76-4165. 

◇Cape Taito Lighthouse, Isumi City
 See the second earliest sunrise in Japan (after Choshi’s Cape Inubo) over the Pacific Ocean from the lighthouse in Isumi City.
・Place: 2650-2 Misakicho izumi, Isumi City
・Access: 5 min by car from Taito Station (JR Sotobo Line)
*Parking is limited
・Inquiries: Isumi City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Department (0470-62-1243)

◇Double Hatsuhinode Cruise on Tokyo Bay

 The Tokyo Bay Ferry leaves from the Port of Kurihama at 6:40, where guests can see the first sunrise from Tokyo Bay. As the ferry nears the Port of Kanaya, the sun will be hidden by Mt. Nokogiri, so guests can see the sun rise a second time over the mountain.

・Price: One way: 720 yen for adults, 360 yen for children; Round trip: 1,030 yen for adults, 510 yen for children

・Access: Port of Kanaya is 8 min walk from Hamakanaya Station (JR Uchibo Line); Port of Kurihama is 10 min by Keikyu Bus from Keikyu Kurihama Station or by bus from JR Kurihama Station (Yokosuka Line)

・Inquiries: Tokyo Bay Ferry (046-830-5622)

・URL: http://www.tokyowanferry.com/

◇Mt. Nokogiri, Futtsu City

 On January 1, the Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway will begin service at 5:30 (cars run every 5 min) specially for visitors to see the sunrise at 6:50 from atop the mountain. Free hot drinks will be served to the first 200 visitors to the observation area on top of the mountain.

・Place: Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway, 4052-1 Kanaya, Futtsu City

・Price: Round trip: 930 yen for adults, 450 yen for children

・Access: 8 min walk from Hamakanaya Station (JR Uchibo Line) or 5 min by car from Futtsu-Kanaya IC on the Futtsu-Tateyama Expressway

・Inquiries: Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway (0439-69-2314)

・URL: http://www.mt-nokogiri.co.jp/

 5) Best Spots for the First Shrine Visit of the Year

       photokatorishrine Katori Shrine

  After seeing the first sunrise of 2015 and eating traditional New Year’s food, you’ll want to wrap up your Japanese oshogatsu experience with hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the New Year. Here are some famous places to enjoy the festivities, as well as some new spots to explore.

◇Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (Narita City)

 The Fudo statue at Naritasan Shinshoji Temple is known throughout Japan and attracts 3,000,000 visitors from January 1-3, the most of any temple in the country.

・Place: 1 Narita, Narita City

・Access: 15 min walk from Narita Station on JR Narita or Keisei lines

・Inquiries: Naritasan Shinshoji (0476-22-2111)

◇Chiba Shrine (Chiba City)

 Chiba Shrine, dedicated to “Myoken-sama” (the Myoken Bodhisattva, the deification of the North Star), welcomes about 630,000 visitors during the first three days of the New Year. Visiting hours on New Year’s Day are 0:20 to 3AM, then 8:30 to 17:00 until January 3rd.

・Place: 1-16-1 Innai, Chuo-ku, Chiba City

・Access: 10 min walk from Chiba Station

・Inquiries: Chiba Shrine (043-224-2211)

◇Tamasaki Shrine (Ichinomiya Town)

 At Tamasaki Shrine, you can see the earliest sunrise from a shrine in the entire Kanto area. There will also be amazake and Kazusa Kagura, ancient Shinto music and dancing designated as a Prefectural Designated Intangible Folk Culture Asset..

・Place: 3048 Ichinomiya, Ichinomiya Town, Chosei-gun

・Access: 7 min walk from Kazusa-Ichinomiya Station on the JR Sotobo Line

・Inquiries: 0475-42-2711 (Tamasaki Shrine)

・URL: http://www.tamasaki.org/tamasaki_english/index.html  (English)
◇Katori Shrine (Katori City)

 Enshrined at Katori Shrine is Futsunushi-no-Okami, the kami of lightning and swords and a general of Amaterasu. Katori Shrine is famous for being the ichinomiya, or highest-ranking shrine, of the former Shimosa Province, and also for being a jingu, a shrine connected to the Imperial House of Japan.

・Place: 1697 Katori, Katori City

・Access: 10 min by taxi from Sawara Station on the JR Narita Line

・Inquiries: Katori Shrine (0478-57-3211)

・URL: http://www.katori-jingu.or.jp  (Japanese)


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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 1) “The Coming of Susanoo: The Life, Anger and Prayer” Exhibit at the Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art (Sakura City)

  The Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art is a privately-owned museum built to share about 1,000 pieces of art collected by DIC Corporation and its affiliates with the public. A broad range of artwork is displayed here, from works by the 17th century master painter Rembrandt to modern European art by figures such as Monet, Renoir, Picasso, and Chagall, as well as a folding screen by Tohaku Hasegawa, which is designated as an Important Cultural Asset, and post-war Japan artwork. Among these, the museum boasts an excellent collection of post-war American abstract art in terms of both amount and quality, and is home to great number of masterpieces by influential figures such as Rothko, Newman, Pollock, and Stella.

  The museum’s latest exhibition focuses on Susanoo, a central character in Japanese mythology. Susanoo is the brother of Amaterasu (goddess of the sun) and Tsukuyomi (god of the moon). He was created when Izanagi (one of the creators of the Japanese islands) washed his nose clean from the pollutants of the underworld. Susanoo’s story, including how he slew the eight-headed dragon Yamata-no-Orochi, is told in detail in the Kojiki and Nihon Shoki, the two oldest books on Japanese history.

History buffs, Japanophiles, and art fanatics can get their fill at this exhibition, which traces the relationships between mankind, nature, and spirituality from the prehistoric Jomon Period to contemporary artists seeking to explore and reveal the spirit of Susanoo.

  • Date: Saturday, January 24—Sunday, March 22
  • Place: Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art, 631 Sakado, Sakura City
  • Admission fee: 1,300 yen for adults; 1,100 yen for university students and adults aged 65 and older; 600 yen for elementary, junior high, and high school students
  • Hours: 9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30, closed Mondays)
  • Access: About 20 minutes via free shuttle bus from Sakura Station (JR Sobu Line or Keisei Line)
  • Inquiries: Kawamura Memorial DIC Museum of Art (0120-498-130)
  • URL: http://kawamura-museum.dic.co.jp/en/index.html

 2) “Ikuo Hirayama: Traces of the Legacy of Buddhism and a Prayer for Peace” Exhibition at the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (Chiba City)

     hirayamaikuo.jpg  "Ancient Palace (March for peace), Jaipur, India "(Sagawa Art Museum archives)

  To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, the museum is hosting an exhibition titled “Ikuo Hirayama: Traces of the Legacy of Buddhism and a Prayer for Peace” that opens on Saturday, January 24.

 Ikuo Hirayama was a nihonga (Japanese-style) painter whose experience surviving the atomic bomb led to his affinity for Buddhism and desire for world peace. These themes are apparent in his many magnificent works of art. He is most famous for his desert landscapes depicting the Silk Road.

 This exhibition features 93 paintings and sketches depicting the legacy of the artwork of Ikuo Hirayama and his journey.

      hirayamaikuo2.jpg "A Caravan on the Silk Road (East, Sun) "(Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum of Art Archives)

  • Date: Saturday, January 24—Sunday, March 22       9:00-16:30 (last admission 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)
  • Place: 1-10-1 Chuoko, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 10 min walk from Chiba-minato Station (JR Keiyo Line or Chiba Urban Monorail)
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (043-242-8311)
  • URL: https://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/ART/english/index.html (English)

          https://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/ART/  (Japanese)


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