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Update:July 13, 2017

Chiba Nanohana News (July 2017)

 Index

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

 I. News

 1)Building Momentum for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

     Three years away from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Chiba Prefecture hopes to build excitement for the games by working together with Chiba City and associated organizations to hold several ceremonial events between July 24th and September 6th. Below is a list of the ceremonies happening this month in Chiba. For more information, please visit Chiba Prefecture Website at:
https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/oripara/press/2017/momentum-building-events290629.html

Passing the Flag Ceremony
Date: 7/24 (Mon)
Time: 13:00-13:25
Place: World Business Garden Atrium (2-6-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City)
Event: Passing of the Olympic flag and Paralympic Flag from Takayuki Hirose (Rio 2016 Paralympic Athlete Boccia Ball) to the Governor of Chiba and Mayor of Chiba City.

Tokyo 2020, 3 years to Go
Date: 7/24 (Mon)
Time: 13:25~ (With an exhibit introducing competitions open from 10:00-17:00)
Place: (Same as above event) World Business Garden Atrium (2-6-1 Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City)
Event: Unveiling of a countdown calendar (13:25), followed by a talk with past Olympian, Paralympian, and All-Japan athletes (13:45).

Preparing the Ichinomiya Surfing Venue
Date: 7/24 (Mon) *Canceled in the case of bad weather
Place: Tsurigasaki Beach (Torami, Ichinomiya Town) and Ichinomiya Town Hall
Event: Opening event with DJ Tsuyoshi (9:30-10-30), followed by a beach cleaning (10:30-11:00), ending with the unveiling of a countdown calendar (13:25).

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

     The Chiba Prefecture summer tourism campaign, “Gyutto❤ (Close❤Compact)” Charming Chiba, begins on Saturday, 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 Ken-O Expressway. Rejuvenate your mind and body with some fantastic Chiba summer fun!

・Campaign Dates: Saturday, July 1 – Thursday, 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 430 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!

  • Date: Saturday, July 1 - Thursday, November 30
  • URL: http://maruchiba.jp/
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Tourism Promotion Division (043-223-2412)

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II. Festivals and Events

 1) 53rd Shirahama Ama Festival and Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Fundraising Event “Maru-Gourmet ‘17”/Nojimazaki Lighthouse Park (Minamiboso City)

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     This summer, the yearly Shirahama Ama Festival is collaborating with Maru-Gourmet ’17, a relief fundraising event for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake, to create a 3-day event with tons of activities.
     The Shirahama Ama Festival will be held on Saturday, July 15, the first day of the event. The Ama Festival honors women in the fishing industry, and serves as an event to pass on the tradition of ama (female diver) fishing techniques, and prayer for the safety and success of those who work at sea. There will also be performances of the Shirahama Ondo Soodori (the local folk dance), the dance of the dragon god, fireworks, and more.
     The headlining event, the ama swimming performance, will be held on the 15th and 16th at 20:20. 100 ama wearing white uniforms and bearing bamboo torches will enter the water and create a mystical vision on the water. Around the same time, hundreds of fireworks, like the spectacular starmines, will be launched into light up the night sky and end the night with a flourish.
     The excitement continues all weekend long with the Maru-Gourmet ’17. Keep your stamina up at the Ama Curry Festa and enjoy taiko drum and other performances. Then, to revitalize areas affected by the 3/11 disaster and areas connected by local revitalization project Maru-Gomi Japan, two groups of 200 people each will face off on the 17th as they pull a 1 ton, 150-meter-long giant fishing net; there will also be a picture scroll that weaves together historical facts and figures.
Start off your summer with Minamiboso!

 

  • Date: Saturday, July 15 – Monday, July 17
  • Place: Nojimazaki Lighthouse Park, Shirahama, Shirahama-cho, Minamiboso City
  • Access: From Tateyama Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the bus bound for Shirahama. It is 10 minutes on foot from the “Todai Iriguchi” stop.
    Inquiries: Ama Festival Planning Committee, Minamiboso Tourism Association (0470-44-3581)

 

 2) 63rd 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 63rd 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 28-Sunday, July 30 (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)
  • URL: http://wwww.mobara-kankou.com/tanabata/


 3) 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.

Kamogawa Fireworks Show
Date: Saturday, July 29, 19:30-20:20
Place: Maebara Beach
Access: 5 min walk from Awa-Kamogawa Station on the JR Sotobo Line
Number of fireworks: 9,000
Inquiries: Kamogawa City Tourism Association (047-092-0086)

Asahi Iioka You-Yu Festival 2016 Beachside Fireworks (Asahi City)
Date: Saturday, July 29, 19:30-20:30
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 Shuku Iioka Iriguchi” and walk 5 min
Number of fireworks: 10,000
Inquiries: Asahi City Iioka You-Yu Festival Planning Committee in the Asahi City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Section, 0479-62-5338)

121th Omigawa Fireworks Festival (Katori City)
Date: Tuesday, 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)

Funabashi City Festival Fireworks Show
Date: Wednesday, August 2, 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)

Makuhari Beach Fireworks Festa (39th Chiba City Fireworks Show)
Date: Saturday, August 5, 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: 20,000
Inquiries: Chiba City Fireworks Planning Committee Office (050-5548-8686)

33rd Ichikawa City Fireworks Show (Ichikawa City)
Date: Saturday, August 5, 19:15-20:30
Place: by the Edogawa River near Osu 3chome, Ichikawa City
Access: 15 min walk from Ishikawa 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 2017 (Matsudo City)
Date: Saturday, August 5, 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)

2017 Teganuma Fireworks (Kashiwa City and Abiko City)
Date: Saturday, August 5, 19:15-20:30 (postponed to August 6 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; 047-162-3325)
Kashiwa City Shonan Commerce and Industry Association (for Kashiwa Venue; #2; 047-191-2803)
Abiko City Commerce and Industry Association (for Abiko Venue; 047-182-3131)

57th Sakura City Fireworks Show
Date: Saturday, August 5, 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 5, 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)

54th Tateyama Tourism Festival Port Fireworks
Date: Tuesday, 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: Tuesday, August 15, 19:10-20:30
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)

41st Nagareyama Fireworks Show
Date: Saturday, August 19, 19:00-20:20
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 (047-168-1047)

 4) Narita Gion Festival/Naritasan Shinshoji Temple (Narita City)

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     The Narita Gion Festival, Narita’s biggest summer event, will be held on the Naritasan Shinshoji Temple grounds and its surrounding areas from Friday, July 7 to Sunday, July 9.
During the festival, the mikoshi, as well as 10 dashi and yatai floats decorated by their respective communities will parade throughout the city, accompanied by dancing and hayashi festival music. Approximately 450,000 visitors come to see the festival each year, transforming Narita into one huge celebration.
     The highlights of the festival are the “So-odori” (Grand Festival Dance) and “Sobiki” (Grand Festival Parade). During the So-odori, which kicks off the festival, all mikoshi and dashi gather before the Great Hall of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple, and the communities perform their dances and songs together. The Sobiki, held at the Nakamachi district near the temple gates, is a grand event where the dashi are heaved up a steep hill in one go.

  • Date: Friday, July 7– Sunday, July 9
  • Place: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple and surrounding area, Narita, Narita City
  • Access: 15 minutes on foot from Narita Station (JR Narita Line or Keisei Line)
  • Inquiries: Narita City Tourism Association (0476)22-2102
         

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

sawara fest 

     The Sawara Grand Festival, which is held both in the summer and the fall, is designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset. 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 14 – Sunday, July 16, 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) or Suigo Sawara Tourism Association (0478-52-6675)
     

 6) 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 15-August 31

2

Choshi City

Ashikajima

July 15-August 20

3

Choshi City

Nagasaki

July 15-August 20

4

Choshi City

Choshi Marina

July 15-August 20

5

Asahi City

Iioka

July 15-August 27

6

Asahi City

Yasashigaura

July 15-August 27

7

Sosa City

Horikawahama

TBA

8

Yokoshibahikari Town

Yakata

July 15-August 20

9

Yokoshibahikari Town

Kidohama

Closed

10

Sammu City

Tonoshita

July 8-August 27

(closed 7/10-7/14)

11

Sammu City

Nakashita

July 8-August 27

(closed 7/10-7/14)

12

Sammu City

Minamihama

July 8-August 27

(closed weekdays in July)

13

Sammu City

Komatsu

July 8-August 27

(closed weekdays in July)

14

Sammu City

Shirahata-Inouchi

July 8-August 27

(closed 7/10-7/14)

15

Sammu City

Motosuka

July 8-August 27

(closed 7/10-7/14)

16

Kujukuri Town

Sakuda

July 8-August 20

17

Kujukuri Town

Katakai

July 1-August 31

18

Kujukuri Town

Fudodo

July 1-August 31

19

Kujukuri Town

Magame

July 8-August 20

20

Oamishirasato City

Shirasato Chuo

July 1-August 31

22

Shirako Town

Shirako

July 14-August 20

23

Chosei Village

Hitotsumatsu

July 13-August 20

24

Ichinomiya Town

Ichinomiya

July 15-August 21

25

Isumi City

Taito

July 15-August 20

26

Isumi City

Ohara

July 15-August 20

27

Onjuku Town

Iwawada

July 8-August 27

28

Onjuku Town

Chuo

July 8-August 27

29

Onjuku Town

Hama

July 8-August 27

30

Katsuura City

Toyohama

Closed

31

Katsuura City

Katsuura Chuo

July 22-August 27

32

Katsuura City

Kushihama

Closed

33

Katsuura City

Ubara

July 22-August 27

34

Katsuura City

Moriya

July 22-August 27

35

Katsuura City

Okitsu

July 22-August 27

36

Kamogawa City

Uchiura

July 15-August 20

37

Kamogawa City

Shirosaki

July 15-August 20

38

Kamogawa City

Maebara

July 15-August 20

39

Kamogawa City

Futomi

July 15-August 20

40

Kamogawa City

Emi

July 15-August 20

41

Minamiboso City

Wadaura

July 21-August 20

42

Minamiboso City

Setohama

July 21-August 20

43

Minamiboso City

Minami-chikura

July 21-August 20

44

Minamiboso City

Shioura

July 21-August 20

45

Minamiboso City

Nagura

July 21-August 20

46

Minamiboso City

Nemoto

July 21-August 20

47

Minamiboso City

Tadara-kitabama

July 16-August 14

48

Minamiboso City

Haraoka

July 16-August 14

49

Minamiboso City

Toyooka

July 16-August 14

50

Minamiboso City

Iwai

July 21-August 20

51

Tateyama City

Aihama

July 29-August 15

52

Tateyama City

Hasama

July 15-August 20

53

Tateyama City

Banda

July 15-August 15

54

Tateyama City

Okinoshima

July 15-August 20

55

Tateyama City

Arai

July 15-August 20

56

Tateyama City

Hojo

July 15-August 20

57

Tateyama City

Nago

July 29-August 15

58

Tateyama City

Funakata

July 29-August 15

59

Kyonan Town

Motona

July 29-August 13

60

Kyonan Town

Hota

July 22-August 13

61

Kyonan Town

Kisugaura

July 29-August 13

62

Kyonan Town

Dairoku

July 29-August 13

63

Kyonan Town

Katsuyama

July 22-August 13

64

Futtsu City

Tsuhama

July 29-August 16

65

Futtsu City

Kazusa-minato

July 29-August 16

66

Futtsu City

Shinmaiko

July 18-August 16

67

Futtsu City

Onuki Chuo

July 29-August 19

68

Futtsu City

Futtsu

July 15-August 20

 

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 Mushroom Wonderland (Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba)

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     Come and learn about the wonderful world of mushrooms and their vital role in preserving the environment. The share size and variety of mushrooms on display is sure to impress, with everything from poisonous mushrooms to mushrooms used in medicine. Also, learn about the relationship between bacteria, fermentation, and the culture of fermentation in Chiba to make things like soy sauce and Sake.

  • Date: 7/22 (Sat) – 12/27 (Wed)
    (There will be a break in the exhibit between 9/11 (Mon)-9/15 (Fri))
  • Place: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, 955-2 Aoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Museum Admission: 300 yen; 150 yen for high school and university students; FREE for junior high school students and under and seniors 65 and older
  • Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission 16:00)
    Closed: Mondays (or Tuesdays if a National Holiday falls on a Monday)
  • Access:
    From Chiba Station east exit, take the bus from platform 7 bound for Chiba University Hospital (“Chiba daigaku byoin”) or “Minami-yahagi,” or take the bus from platform 6 bound for “Kawado-miyakoen.” Ride for about 15 min and get off at the Natural History Museum and Institute (“Chuo hakubutsukan”). From there it is about 7 min walk to the museum.
    From Soga Station east exit, take the bus from platform 2 bound for Chiba University Hospital (“Daigaku byoin”). Ride for about 15 min and get off at the Natural History Museum and Institute (“Chuo hakubutsukan”) and walk for about 7 min to the museum.
    The museum is about 20 min walk from Keisei Chiba-dera Station.
  • Inquiries: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (043-265-3111)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/NATURAL/


 Make a Motorized Flipbook (Chiba Museum of Science and Industry)

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     Known as Para-Para Manga in Japan, flipbooks are a popular childhood pastime to make your animations come to life. This July at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, kids can learn about small electric motors while making their own Motorized Flipbook.

Date: 7/2 (Sun) ① 10:10 ② 13:20
For 4th year Elementary School Students and Middle School Students
Capacity: 24 people per session
Sign-up: Same-day, there will be a lottery for participation if sign-ups exceed capacity
Fee: 200 yen (In addition to general entrance to the museum)

  • 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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