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Update:July 14, 2016

 

Chiba Nanohana News (July2016)

 Index

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

 I. News

 1) The Power to Conserve Water is Yours

   This year has seen record lows in the amount of snowfall in the Tone River area, and rainfall in May was half the usual average. Consequently, as of June 22, the amount of water stored in the 8 dams on the Tone River is only half the average amount. In response, Chiba Prefecture has instituted a 10% limit on water intake, and is asking the people of Chiba to make efforts to conserve water.

      You may not be aware of the amount of water you use every day, but you can do your part to conserve water with just a few changes to your daily routine. For example, when you wash your face and brush your teeth in the morning, 12 liters of water is wasted every minute that you leave the water running. Instead, use a cup to prepare the water that you need. By limiting your water usage when washing vegetables, you can save about 80 liters of water per day. Setting your washing machine to a more conservative setting can save 55 liters of water per day. By washing your car with a bucket instead of leaving the hose on, you can save about 210 liters of water. You can also use less water in the shower or bath, and use leftover bathwater for washing clothes or watering plants. You can even save water by not flushing the toilet just once per use.

  By being careful with the water we use every day, we can conserve this precious resource. Saving our planet is the thing to do, and the power is yours.

 2) Summer Tourism Campaign: “Gyutto❤ (Close❤Compact)” Charming Chiba

 

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  The Chiba Prefecture summer tourism campaign, “Gyutto (CloseCompact)” Charming Chiba, begins on Friday, July 1.

  Summer in Chiba is filled with all kinds of exciting events: beautiful beaches, jibikiami fishing, festivals, fireworks, and summer scenery in full bloom. Chiba is easy to get to from Tokyo via the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line and the newly extended Ken-O Expressway. Rejuvenate your mind and body with some fantastic Chiba summer fun!

Campaign Dates: Friday, July 1 – Wednesday, August 31 

Campaign Highlights:

◇ Tell Us What You Love about Chiba  

  Submit pictures of your favorite tourist attractions, places, local food, or accommodations via e-mail or the official website. Participants will be entered into a monthly drawing to win travel coupons and other fantastic prizes. Check out the photos on the official website or like the Facebook page.

All Around the Boso

  Pamphlets with complimentary tickets to 410 facilities in Chiba are available at major JR train stations in the Kanto region, michi-no-eki roadside stations, rest stops, the Umihotaru rest area, and the CHI-BA+KUN plaza. Fill out a survey and enter a drawing for Chiba specialty goods!

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Onjuku DE Mexico IN Onjuku Water Park 2016

       Onjuku Town is closely connected with Mexico, and is sister cities with Acapulco and Tecamachalco. This relationship can be traced back to 1609, when the ship of Don Rodrigo crashed onto Onjuku Beach. The sailors were cared for by the townspeople, and Don Rodrigo was granted an audience with the shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, before being given a ship to return to Mexico. Today, a monument stands in Onjuku to commemorate the friendly relationship between Mexico, Spain, and Japan.

      Celebrate this rich history this summer at Onjuku Water Park. Mexican dancers will perform on stage and children can take turns swinging at a piñata. Visitors can cool off with some free mango juice imported from Mexico.

  • Date: Saturday, July 30—Sunday, July 31; Saturday, August 20—Sunday, August 21
  • Place: Onjuku Water Park, 2208 Suka, Onjuku Town
  • Access: 7min walk from Onjuku Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: Onjuku Water Park (0470-68-3923)

                  Onjuku Town Industry and Tourism Department (0470-68-2513)

 2) 2016 Asahi Iioka You-Yu Festival and Sand Sculpture Exhibition (Asahi City)

 

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  Amazing sand sculptures of all sizes, created by local residents and artists from abroad, will be displayed along the beach. Some sculptures stand at an impressive 10 meters in height, yet each creation has been carefully crafted with keen attention to detail. The exhibition will run from Saturday, July 16 to Sunday, August 7.

  While you’re enjoying the beaches of Asahi City, check out the Iioka You-Yu Festival. The title of the festival plays on the pronunciation of the kanji “to play/to have fun,” meaning that the Iioka region of Asahi is a place where “you” can “have fun”! On Saturday, about 10,000 fireworks will light up the night sky. There will also be a bazaar, shows on stage, traditional dances and folk entertainment, mikoshi, night shops, and more. On Sunday, there will be a beach volleyball tournament and a treasure hunt with over 2,000 delights to find.

Sand Sculpture Exhibition

  • Date: Saturday, July 16—Sunday, August 7
  • Place: Asahi Bunka-no-Mori Park Fureai Plaza, 250-1 Ha, Asahi City
  • Access: 20min walk from Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • By car from Chiba-Togane Toll Road, head towards Choshi and take the last exit (Yokoshibahikari IC). Head onto Rt. 126 and drive about 30min.
  • Fee: 500 yen for adults, free for junior high school students and younger
  • Inquiries: Asahi Sand Sculpture Exhibition Planning Committee (080-5093-4747) 

Iioka You-Yu Festival

  • Date: Saturday, July 30—Sunday, July 31
  • Place: Iioka Beach, 1356 Yokone, Asahi City
  • Access: 5 min walk from the “Shokusai no Yado Iioka” stop on the Asahi City Community Bus, which departs from Asahi Stations (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Access: From Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line), take the Chiba Kotsu bus bound for Choshi and get off at “Shokusai no Yado Iioka Iriguchi” and walk 5 min
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Iioka You-Yu Festival Planning Committee in the Asahi City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Section, 0479-62-5338)

 3) 49th Funabashi Citizen Festival/Citizen Gallery at Funabashi Square 21, Honcho/Miyamoto Street, Funabashi Station North Exit Plaza (Funabashi City)

       The Funabashi Citizen Festival invites residents and visitors to celebrate Funabashi City with a variety of exciting events. From Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24, visitors to the festival can learn about local industries and products made in Funabashi. There will also be an exhibition display. On Saturday, July 23 from 11:00 to 16:50, browse the flea market in the Joy and Shopping Fair and pick up some interesting items to take home. On Sunday, July 24 from 10:45 to 20:00, the streets of Funabashi will come alive with a parade. The parade will feature mikoshi, which are portable shrines carried through the streets, and performances of Baka-men Dance, which is a traditional folk dance with silly masks. This July, join the celebrations and put the “fun” in Funabashi!

  • Date: Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24
  • Place: 3F Citizen Gallery at Funabashi Square 21, 2-1-1 Honcho, Funabashi City

                   Honcho/Miyamoto Street, Station-front area (Ekimae-dori), Funabashi Station North Exit Plaza

  • Access: 5min walk from Funabashi Station (JR Sobu Line)
  • Inquiries: Funabashi Citizen Festival Planning Committee (within the Funabashi City Commerce and Industry Promotion Division) (047-436-2473)

 4) Sawara Grand Summer Festival/Sawara-Honjuku District (Katori City)

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  The Sawara Grand Festival, which is held both in the summer and the fall, was designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset in February 2004. In July, the Yasaka Shrine Gion Festival features gallant performances of dashi floats.

     The dashi floats glide through Sawara, which is called “Little Edo” and has been nationally designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings. They brush against the eaves of buildings as they are pulled along to the spirited melodies of the “Sawara-bayashi,” a form of festival music that is one of Japan’s three great styles of hayashi music. These magnificent dashi floats, created by famous doll makers during the Edo and Meiji Periods, are decorated with exquisite Kanto-style carvings and larger-than-life figures, some of which are the largest in Japan. These floats are valued as cultural assets.

    The highlight of the festival is performances of “nonoji-mawashi (turning the dashi around in a shape of the hiragana symbol no) and other styles of turning the giant floats around and around. See one of Chiba’s most prominent festivals at its best as the locals show off their technique and power.

  • Date: Friday, July 15 – Sunday, July 17, 10:00-22:00
  • Place: Honjuku district (around Yasaka Shrine), Sawara, Katori City
  • Access: 10 minutes on foot from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)

    *Parking will be available near the Tonegawa River. A shuttle boat (fee required) will transport visitors from the parking lot to the festival area.

  • Inquiries: Katori City Commerce & Tourism Division (0478-54-1111)

                  Suigo Sawara Tourism Association (0478-52-6675)

 5) 62nd Mobara Tanabata Festival/JR Mobara Station Shopping Arcade (Mobara City)

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  The Mobara Tanabata Festival, a huge summer event which welcomes over 800,000 visitors each year, will celebrate its 62nd anniversary this year.

      Amongst the colorful tanabata decorations, there will be a variety of events for everyone: parades and music performances, Koenji Awa dancing, yosakoi dancing, and much more. All of Mobara comes alive in brilliant color to celebrate along the nearby Amanogawa River, named in honor of the Tanabata Festival.

  • Date: Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31 (10:00-20:00 on Friday and Sunday, 10:00-21:00 on Saturday
  • Place: JR Mobara Station Shopping Arcade, Takashi, Mobara City
  • Access: By train, directly in front of Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), or by car, 20 minutes from Mobara-Chonan IC on the Ken-O Expressway
  • Inquiries: Mobara Tanabata Festival Planning Committee (0475-22-3361)

 6) Choshi Hawaiian Festival/Choshi Marina Seaside Park (Choshi City)

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    Against the backdrop of the wide Pacific Ocean, the Choshi Hawaiian Festival will bring live music and hula dance to Choshi Marina Seaside Park. Hula dance performers from all over Chiba and beyond will join the festivities. There will also be booths where visitors can purchase specialty products from Choshi City.

  • Date: Sunday, July 10
  • Place: Choshi Marina Seaside Park, 15 Shiomi-cho, Choshi City
  • Access: From JR Choshi Station, take the Chiba Kotsu Bus bound for Chiba Institute of Science (“Chiba kagaku daigaku”), get off at “Marina-mae,” and walk 3 min.
  • Inquiries: Choshi Hawaiian Festival Executive Committee (090-7818-6574)

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 1) Summer Fireworks

 

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     Nothing embodies the excitement and joy of summer like fireworks. The explosion of color ignites the night sky and brings smiles to the audience below. Many places across Chiba Prefecture will shoot off fireworks over the water. It’s a beautiful sight you won’t want to miss this season! Light up your summer at one of these fireworks shows, listed in order of date.

Funabashi City Festival Fireworks Show

  • Date: Wednesday, July 27, 19:30-20:30
  • Place: Funabashi Harbor Water Park, Funabashi Fishing Port area
  • Access: 25 min on foot from Funabashi Station on the JR Sobu Line
  • Number of fireworks: 8,500
  • Inquiries: Funabashi City Festival Planning Committee (047-436-2473)

Kamogawa Fireworks Show

  • Date: Friday, July 29, 19:30-20:30
  • Place: Maebara・Yokonagi Beach
  • Access: 5 min walk from Awa-Kamogawa Station on the JR Sotobo Line
  • Number of fireworks: 5,000
  • Inquiries: Kamogawa City Tourism Association (047-092-0086)

Asahi Iioka You-Yu Festival 2016 Beachside Fireworks (Asahi City)

  • Date: Saturday, July 30, 20:00-21:00
  • Place: Iioka beach
  • Access: From Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line), take the Chiba Kotsu bus bound for Choshi and get off at “Shokusai no Yado Iioka Iriguchi” and walk 5 min
  • Inquiries: Asahi City Iioka You-Yu Festival Planning Committee in the Asahi City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Section, 0479-62-5338)

120th Omigawa Fireworks Festival (Katori City)

  • Date: Monday, August 1, 19:00-21:00 (postponed to August 2 if rain)
  • Place: by the Tone River near Omigawa Bridge
  • Access: 20 min walk from Omigawa Station on the JR Narita Line
  • Number of fireworks: 8,000
  • Inquiries: Katori City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division (0478-50-1212)

890th Anniversary of Chiba City Celebration: Makuhari Beach Fireworks Festa (38th Chiba City Fireworks Show)

  • Date: Saturday, August 6, 19:30-20:30
  • Place: Makuhari Seaside Park
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Kaihin-Makuhari Station on the JR Keiyo Line or 10 min by bus from Makuhari-Hongo Station on the JR Sobu Line
  • Number of fireworks: 15,000
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Fireworks Planning Committee Office (050-5548-8686)

32nd Ichikawa City Fireworks Show (Ichikawa City)

  • Date: Saturday, August 6, 19:15-20:30
  • Place: by the Edogawa River near Osu 3chome, Ichikawa City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Ichikawa Station south exit on the JR Sobu Line, or 20 min walk from Konodai Station on the Keisei Line
  • Number of fireworks: 14,000
  • Inquiries: Ichikawa City Fireworks Planning Committee Office in the Tourism Exchange Promotion Department (047-711-1142)

Matsudo City Fireworks 2016 (Matsudo City)

  • Date: Saturday, August 6, 19:15-20:20 (postponed to August 7 in the event of rain)
  • Place: by the main library near the Edogawa River, Matsudo City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Matsudo Station west exit on the JR Joban Line or Shin-Keisei Line
  • Number of fireworks: 10,000
  • Inquiries: Matsudo Fireworks Planning Committee in the Matsudo City Culture, Tourism, and International Affairs Division (047-366-7327)

2016 Teganuma Fireworks (Kashiwa City and Abiko City)

  • Date: Saturday, August 6, 19:00-20:30 (postponed to August 7 in the event of rain)
  • Place: Kashiwa Venue #1 (Teganuma Nature Green Road near the Northern Chiba Water Visitor’s Center); Kashiwa Venue #2 (Teganuma Nature Green Road near Shonan Michi-no-eki); Abiko Venue (Teganuma Park/Tegaunma Fureai Line)
  • Number of fireworks: 13,500
  • Inquiries: Kashiwa Chamber of Commerice (for Kashiwa Venue #1; 04-7162-3325)

                  Kashiwa City Shonan Commerce and Industry Association (for Kashiwa Venue; #2; 04-7191-2803)

                       Abiko City Commerce and Industry Association (for Abiko Venue; 04-7182-3131)

56th Sakura City Fireworks Show

  • Date: Saturday, August 6, 19:00-20:30
  • Place: Inbanuma Lakeside near Sakura Furusato Plaza
  • Access: 30 min walk from Keisei-Usui Station, 40 min walk from Keisei-Sakura Station
  • Number of fireworks: 16,000
  • Inquiries: Sakura City Tourism Association (043-486-6000)

Choshi Port Festival Fireworks

  • Date: Saturday, August 6, 19:30-21:00
  • Place: by the Tone River
  • Access: 5 min on foot from Choshi Station on the Sobu Main Line
  • Number of fireworks: 6,000
  • Inquiries: Choshi Port Festival Planning Committee in the Tourism, Commerce and Industry Department (0479-24-8932)

53rd Tateyama Tourism Festival Port Fireworks

  • Date: Monday, August 8, 19:30-20:45
  • Place: Hojo Beach area
  • Access: 3 min walk from Tateyama Station West Exit on the JR Uchibo Line
  • Number of fireworks: 10,000
  • Inquiries: Tateyama Tourism Festival Planning Committee in the Tateyama Chamber of Tourism and Commerce (0470-22-8330)

69th Kisarazu Port Festival Fireworks Show

  • Date: Monday, August 15, 19:15-20:30
  • Place: Kisarazu Port area
  • Access: 15 min walk from Kisarazu Station on the JR Uchibo Line
  • Number of fireworks: 10,000
  • Inquiries: Kisarazu Port Festival Planning Committee in the Kisarazu City Tourism Association (0438-22-7711)

50th Anniversary of Nagareyama City Celebration: 40th Nagareyama Fireworks Show

  • Date: Saturday, August 20, 19:00-20:20 (postponed to Friday, August 26 if rain)
  • Place: Nagareyama 1chome-3chome by the Edogawa River
  • Access: 5 min walk from Nagareyama Station or Heiwadai Station (Nagareyama Railway), free shuttle bus from Nagareyama Central Park Station (Tsukuba Express)
  • Number of fireworks: 14,000
  • Inquiries: Nagareyama City Nagareyama Honcho/Tone Canal Tourism Promotion Division (04-7168-1047)

 2) Chiba Prefecture Beach Guide

  The below table lists beaches throughout Chiba Prefecture, and the dates they are open for swimming. Check below to find the perfect beach location for your summer fun in Chiba.

No.

Municipality

Beach Name

Dates open

1

Chiba City

Inagenohama

July 16-August 31

2

Choshi City

Ashikajima

July 16-August 21

3

Nagasaki

July 16-August 21

4

Choshi Marina

July 16-August 21

5

Asahi City

Iioka

July 9-August 21

6

Yasashigaura

July 9-August 21

7

Sosa City

Horikawahama

TBA

8

Yokoshibahikari Town

Yakata

July 16-August 21

9

Kidohama

Closed

10

Sammu City

Tonoshita

July 9-August 28

(closed 7/11-7/15)

11

Nakashita

July 9-August 28

(closed 7/11-7/15)

12

Minamihama

July 9-August 28

(closed weekdays in July)

13

Komatsu

July 9-August 28

(closed weekdays in July)

14

Shirahata-Inouchi

July 9-August 28

(closed 7/11-7/15)

15

Motosuka

July 9-August 28

(closed 7/11-7/15)

16

Kujukuri Town

Sakuda

July 9-August 21

17

Katakai

July 1-August 31

18

Fudodo

July 1-August 31

19

Magame

July 9-August 21

20

Oamishirasato City

Shirasato Chuo

July 1-August 31

22

Shirako Town

Shirako

July 15-August 21

23

Chosei Village

Hitotsumatsu

July 15-August 21

24

Ichinomiya Town

Ichinomiya

July 16-August 22

25

Isumi City

Taito

July 16-August 21

26

Ohara

July 16-August 21

27

Onjuku Town

Iwawada

July 9-August 31

28

Chuo

July 9-August 31

29

Hama

July 9-August 31

30

Katsuura City

Toyohama

TBA

31

Katsuura Chuo

July 16-August 21

32

Kushihama

Closed

33

Ubara

July 16-August 21

34

Moriya

July 16-August 21

35

Okitsu

July 16-August 21

36

Kamogawa City

Uchiura

July 16-August 21

37

Shirosaki

July 16-August 21

38

Maebara

July 16-August 21

39

Futomi

July 16-August 21

40

Emi

July 16-August 21

41

Minamiboso City

Wadaura

July 22-August 21

42

Setohama

July 22-August 21

43

Minami-chikura

July 22-August 21

44

Shioura

July 22-August 21

45

Nagura

July 22-August 21

46

Nemoto

July 22-August 21

47

Tadara-kitabama

July 18-August 16

48

Haraoka

July 18-August 16

49

Toyooka

July 18-August 16

50

Iwai

July 21-August 20

51

Tateyama City

Aihama

July 30-August 15

52

Hasama

July 16-August 21

53

Banda

July 16-August 15

54

Okinoshima

July 16-August 21

55

Arai

July 16-August 21

56

Hojo

July 16-August 21

57

Nago

July 30-August 15

58

Funakata

July 30-August 15

59

Kyonan Town

Motona

July 30-August 14

60

Hota

July 30-August 14

61

Kisugaura

July 30-August 14

62

Dairoku

July 30-August 14

63

Katsuyama

July 30-August 14

64

Futtsu City

Tsuhama

July 30-August 16

65

Kazusa-minato

July 30-August 16

66

Shinmaiko

July 16-August 16

67

Onuki Chuo

July 30-August 16

68

Futtsu

July 16-August 21

 

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