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Update:June 15, 2017

Chiba Nanohana News (June 2017)

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

 I. News

 1.) Twenty Foreign Residents Appointed as “CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors”

     Twenty foreign residents of Chiba, including exchange students and working residents from a total of 10 countries and areas were officially appointed as CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors on June 9th, 2017. The CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors promote Chiba Prefecture’s many attractions—tourist spots, delicious cuisine, as well as the local cultural they experience in Chiba—in their native languages through blogs and other social media.
     The project began in 2011. You can read more about the CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors on Chiba Prefecture’s website.

  • URL:http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/kokusai/english/information/residents/ambassadors.html
  • "CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors” is short for “Ambassadors to Spread Chiba Prefecture’s Charm to the World Together with CHI-BA+KUN”
  • Ambassadors’ home country/area (number of people)
    China (5), Vietnam (3), Nepal (2), Thailand (2), Taiwan (2), USA (2),
    Malaysia (1), Mongolia (1), Madagascar (1), Russia (1)
  • Inquiries:
    Chiba Prefecture, International Affairs Division
    TEL: 043-223-2436 E-mail: kokusai@mz.pref.chiba.lg.jp

 2.) June 15th is “Chiba Kenmin no Hi” (Chiba Prefectural Citizens’ Day)

    In 1984, “Kenmin no Hi” (Chiba Prefectural Citizens’ Day) was established as a day for residents of Chiba Prefecture to learn about Chiba, love Chiba, and help make Chiba Prefecture into a place for the next generation to be proud of.

    Chosen by public vote, June 15 comes from the date June 15, 1873, when the Kisarazu and Imba Prefectures merged to form the present-day Chiba Prefecture.

    In celebration of Prefectural Citizens’ Day, there will be a variety of events held on and around June 15, a selection of which are listed below. The main event is the Chiba Wakuwaku Festa in Makuhari Messe on Sunday, June 19. Additionally, many facilities and tourist attractions around the prefecture will be offering discounts for residents of Chiba Prefecture. A list of some of these many events can be found here (Japanese only):

http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/kkbunka/kenminnohi/index.html

Please take advantage of this day to enjoy Chiba’s history, culture, nature, and industries.

 

Chiba Wakuwaku Festa

Date: Sunday, June 11, 10:00-17:00

Place: Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 7, 2 Chome, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City

Access: 5 min walk from Kaihimmakuhari Station (JR Keiyo Line); by bus from Makuhari-hongo Station (JR Sobu and Keisei Lines), take the Keisei Bus bound for “Makuhari Messe Chuo,” “QVC Marine Field”/“Iryo Center,” or “Kaihin Makuhari Station” (bus numbers 01, 03, and 04; board from platform 1) and get off at “Makuhari Messe Chuo” (takes about 15-17 min).

Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Government, Cultural Promotion and Citizens’ Life Affairs Division (043-223-2408)


Imba Fureai Festival 2017

This festival celebrates the Imba region and puts the “ai” (love) in “fureai” (interaction) with local specialties and foods, regional mascot characters, and more. Visitors can try on samurai armor, check out a fire truck, and collect stamps to win CHI-BA+KUN merchandise and other prizes.

Date: Sunday, June 10, 11:00-15:00 (rain or shine)

Place: Makinohara More, 1-3 Makinohara, Inzai City

Access: 15 min walk from JR Inzai-Makinohara Station

Inquiries: Inzai Regional Promotion Office, Regional Promotion Division (043-483-1111) 

 

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II. Festivals and Events

 1) 33rd Safflower Festival/Chofukuju-ji Temple (Chonan Town)

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     Chofukuju-ji Temple was built in 798 under Emperor Kammu by Saicho, a Buddhist monk credited with establishing the Tendai school of Buddhism after his trip to China. One famous feature of the temple is its name: it has the longest name of any temple in Japan.
(“Sanzugato-gokurakutomon-rengedaijo-amidabo-taiheiyasai-honjitsujoin-chofukujuji”). Another famous feature is the 70,000 safflowers that bloom there every year.
     To celebrate the history of the temple and the beauty of the flowers, the Safflower Festival will be held from Friday, June 9 to Tuesday, June 20. During this period, visitors can enjoy cut flowers as well as edible products only available during the festival such as safflower-flavored ice cream, cookies, soba, tea, and more.

  • Date: Friday, June 9—Tuesday, June 20, 9:00-16:00
  • Place: Chofukuju-ji Temple, 969-1 Chonan, Chonan Town, Chosei-gun
    Best time to view the flowers: mid-June
  • Access: 3 min by car from Mobara-Chonan IC on the Ken-O Expressway
    By public transit from Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the bus bound for Chonan-eigyojo, Ushiku, or Tsurumai and get off at “Atagocho” and walk for 3 min.
  • Inquiries: Chofukuju-ji Temple (staff member: Mr. Imai) (0475-46-1837)
  • URL: http://www.choufukujuji.com
     

 2) Himebotaru Firefly Observation/Uchiurayama Kenmin-no-Mori (Kamogawa City)

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fireflies

 

 

     Take a stroll through the calm woods at night and enjoy the delicate glow of the himebotaru fireflies, an indigenous species of firefly to Japan. In Chiba Prefecture, these fireflies can only be found in Uchiurayama. You might even catch a glimpse of hebitonbo (dobsonflies) or moriaogaeru (forest green treefrogs).

     Himebotaru fireflies are commonly found in the mountains, and measure about 7mm in length. Peak season for himebotaru firefly observation is on nights from mid-June to early July, when the fireflies will glow with their distinctive flash and flicker.

  • Date: 20:00-21:30 on June 17 (Sat), 22 (Thurs), 24 (Sat)
  • Place: Uchiurayama Kenmin-no-Mori, 3228 Uchiura, Kamogawa City
  • Fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children 4-14 years old, and 100 yen for children under 4 years old
  • Equipment to bring: Insurance card, flashlight, rain gear, long sleeves, long pants, rubber boots
  • Access: 4.5 km north from Awa-Kominato Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: (04)7095-2821 (Uchiurayama Kenmin-no-Mori)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-forest.jp/uchiurayama/
     

 3) Seasonal Flowers

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     In English there is the saying, “April showers bring May flowers.” Though the timeline is a little different from Chiba’s June rainy season, the sentiment of rain bringing flowers is the same. Though the rainy season is not a popular one, it is a beautiful time of year in which many water-loving plants bloom. Here are some of the best places in Chiba to see flowers like irises, hydrangeas, and lotuses.

Chiba Park (Chiba City)
In the heart of Chiba City, visitors can see early summer flowers and lotuses blooming in the pond.
When to go: Late June—early July
Address: 3-1 Benten, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
Access: 10 min walk from Chiba Station or 1 min walk from Chiba-koen Station (Chiba Urban Monorail)
Inquiries: Chiba City Chuo/Inage Park Greenery Office (043-251-5103)
URL: http://www.city.chiba.jp/toshi/koenryokuchi/kanri/chuo-inage/chibakouen.html

Showa-no-Mori (Chiba City)
18,000 flowers bloom in this expansive natural park filled with aquatic plants like Japanese iris. Hydrangeas also surround the observatory.
When to go: Mid to late June
Address: Toke-cho and Yasashido-cho, Midori-ku, Chiba City
Access: 30 min walk from Toke Station south exit (JR Sotobo Line) or 5 min by Chiba Chuo Bus bound for “Asumigaoka Brand New Mall” and get off at Showa-no-Mori Nishi”
Inquiries: Chiba City Parks and Greenery Office (043-294-2884)

Kasumi Park (Narashino City)
This park is home to 500 Japanese iris flowers originally from Meiji Jingu Shrine.
When to go: Mid May to late June
Address: 5-16-1 Kasumi, Narashino City
Access: 30 min walk from Shin-Narashino Station (JR Keiyo Line)
Inquiries: Narashino City Park and Greenery Division (047-451-1151)

Noda General Park Aquatic Botanical Garden (Noda City)
This 800m2 aquatic botanical garden inside Noda General Park will delight visitors with its beautiful Japanese irises and aquatic plants of all kinds coming into season.
When to go: Mid to late June
Address: 958 Shimizu, Noda City
Access: 10 min walk from Shimizu-koen Station (Tobu Urban Park Line)
Inquiries: Noda General Park (047-125-1155)

Suigo Sawara Iris Festival at the Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden (Katori City)
This aquatic botanical garden is famous for its 1,500,000 irises of 400 varieties, celebrated in the Suigo Sawara Iris Festival from Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 25.
Date: Saturday, June 3 to Sunday, June 25, 8:00-18:30
Place: Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden, 1837-2, Ogishima, Katori City
Admission: 700 yen for adults, 350 yen for children (during the festival)
Access: 25min by shuttle bus from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line).
*Shuttle bus only runs during the festival and is 500 yen for junior high school students and older, 250 yen for elementary school students.
Inquiries: Katori City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division (047-50-1212)
Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Garden (0478-56-0411)

Sodegaura Park (Sodegaura City)
15,000 irises bloom in a 3,600m2 field in mid-June. Walk along the path and see hydrangeas and other rainy-season plants on the flower terrace.
When to go: Late May—late June
Address: 2360 Iitomi, Sodegaura City
Access: From Sodegaura Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the bus bound for “Nozomi-no Terminal” or “Hirakawa-gyosei Center” and get off at “Sodegaura-koen” and walk 15 min
Inquiries: Sodegaura Park Management Union (0438-63-6560)

Hattori Farm Hydrangea House (Mobara City)
The Hattori-noen Ajisai-yashiki will blow you away with over 10,000 flowers of 200 varieties that look beautiful from anywhere on the grounds.
When to go: June 1—early July (open every day 8:00-18:00 during this period)
Admission: 500 yen for adults, 200 yen for children
Address: 719 Sangaya, Mobara City
Access: 20 min by car from Mobara-Chonan IC (Ken-O Expressway), 10 min by taxi from Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line)
Inquiries: Hattori Farm Hydrangea House (0475-24-8511)
URL: http://ajisaiyashiki.la.coocan.jp

Kujukuri Herb Garden (Kujukuri Town)
In this large garden, there are an herb garden, restaurants, shops, seasonal flowers, and 150 varieties of herbs including lavender, mint, chamomile, oregano, and more.
Address: 4477 Katakai, Kujukuri Town
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (closed Tuesdays, or the next day if it is a holiday)
Mondays 10:00-18:00
Access: From Togane Station (JR Togane Line), take the Kujukuri Railway Bus bound for Motosuka via Katoku or bound for Sunrise Kujukuri and get off at “Maesato” or “Shitayutani” and walk 15 min
Inquiries: Kujukuri Herb Garden (0475-76-6581)

Fureai Hydrangea Road (Asahi City)
This colorful walking course will take you past 1,500 hydrangea flowers.
When to go: Early to late June
Address: Nittama, Asahi City
Access: 15 min walk from Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
Inquiries: Asahi City Commerce, Industry, and Tourism Division (0479-62-5338)

Hananobe-no-Sato (Katsuura City)
Hydrangeas bloom early here, in mid-May, but afterwards come ajuga (also known as bugle), lilies, water-lilies, gardenias, and hostas. It’s open every day while the hydrangeas are in season.
When to go: mid-May—mid-July
Admission: 650 yen for adults, 450 yen for children
Address: 1830 Kushihama, Katsuura City
Access: From Katsuura Station (JR Sotobo Line) take the Kominato bus bound for Matsuno and get off at the Shinden bus stop (“Shinden-basutei-mae”).
Inquiries: Hananobe-no-Sato (0470-70-1127)
URL: http://hananobenosato.co.jp/

Mamenbara Plateau (Otaki Town)
340m of hydrangeas bloom at Mamenbara-kogen.
When to go: early July—mid-July
Address: Tsutsumori, Otaki Town, Isumi-gun
Access: From Awa-amatsu Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the bus bound for “Kiyosumi-dera” and get off at “Kiyosumi-dera” and walk 60 min.
Inquiries: Otaki Town Tourism Association (0470-80-1146)
 

 4) 9th Annual Hula Festa (Kamogawa City)

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A Hawaiian wind blows as Kamogawa prepares to celebrate this year’s Hula Festa on Maebara Beach. This will be Kamogawa’s 9th Annual Hula Festa, and the two day event will be held on Saturday, June 3rd (10:00-20:00) and Sunday, June 4th (10:00-17:00). There will be Hawaiian theme shops and local products, as well as plenty of food and fun to enjoy with friends and the whole family. There is no entrance fee, and hula shows will be performed throughout the day. Festivities will begin at 10:00am each day. For more information, please contact the Kamogawa Hula Festival Office.

  • Date: Saturday, June 3—Sunday, June 4
  • Place: Maebara Beach, Kamogawa City
  • *In case of rain, activities will be moved next-door to the Kamogawa Civic Center
  • Admission: FREE
  • Access: 3min walk from JR Awa-Kamogawa Stn.
  • Inquiries: Kamogawa Hula Festival Office (090-4844-5888)
  • URL: http://www.cga.or.jp/flower/( External link )

 5) 15th Katsuura Port Bonito Festival/Katsuura Fishing Port Area (Katsuura City)

 katsuo

    On Saturday, June 3, the Bonito Festival Planning Committee will hold the 15th Katsuura Port Bonito Festival. Visitors can enjoy a variety of bonito-related events.
    The Katsuura Fishing Port brings in the second largest catch of fish in the prefecture after the Choshi Fishing Port. Particularly, Katsuura’s hatsugatsuo (first bonito) are one of the most famous kinds of fish landed here, as boats that fish just off the coast of Katsuura have the largest catches in Japan. From spring to summer, fishermen follow the bonito traveling north past Katsuura. Local and visiting boats catch these bonito using single-hook or trolling fishing methods, and land them at Katsuura Fishing Port. Katsuura’s hatsugatsuo are extremely fresh as fisherman catch the bonito in the nearby waters, then land them at Katsuura Fishing Port within the same day.

 

  • Date: Saturday, June 3, 8:30-15:00
  • Place: Katsuura Fishing Port area, Katsuura City
  • Access: 15 min walk from Katsuura Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: Bonito Festival Planning Committee (in the Katsuura City Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Division) (0470)73-6636
  • URL (Japanese Only): http://www.katsuura-sanpo.com/facilities/event/post-833/

 6) Tomisato Watermelon Festival and 34th Watermelon Road Race (Tomisato City)

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watermelon

 

 

Take the opportunity this June to visit Tomisato City and enjoy watermelon at a variety of events!
On Sunday, June 18 is the Watermelon Festival, an event where you can eat watermelon to your heart’s content. Tomisato City is one of the major producers of watermelon in Japan, so the fruit at this festival will be some of the best in the country.
If you can’t get enough watermelon, visit the Tomisato Watermelon Road Race, held annually in June. Although the registration period for the race has already ended, you can join the fun by helping cheer on runners from the sidelines. This event consists of 3km, 5km, and 10km-events held in 12 different categories. The highlight of the race is no doubt the “watermelon station,” located along the final leg of the course. Here runners can quench their thirst with watermelon as they make their way to the finish line.


Tomisato Watermelon Festival

  • Date: Sunday, June 18, 9:00-14:30
  • Place: Tomisato Central Community Hall and parking lot, 652-1 Nanae, Tomisato City
  • Access: Take the Chiba Kotsu Bus from the east exit of Narita Station (Keisei Line) bound for either Ryogoku, Tomisato Minami Elementary School, or Haniwadai and get off at “JA Tomisato-mae.”
  • Inquiries: Tomisato City Industrial Economy Division (0476-93-4943)

34th Watermelon Road Race

  • Date: Sunday, June 25, 8:30-13:00 (rain or shine)
  • Place: Tomisato Junior High School
    652-226 Nanae, Tomisato City
  • Access: Take the Chiba Kotsu Bus from the east exit of Narita Station (Keisei Line) bound for either Ryogoku or Tomisato Minami Elementary School and get off at the Tomisato Junior High School bus stop.
    * There will be a special shuttle bus (bus fare required) departing from the east exit of Narita Station (Keisei Line) on the day of the race.
    Inquiries: Tomisato City Board of Education, Lifelong Education Division (0476-93-1145)

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 Carve your own Magatama at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)

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     Magatama are curved beads made from basic stones. Beads like these used to be worn as decorative jewelry in ancient Japan. However, during the Kofun Period (250-538 AD), magatama, mainly made from jade, were used as ceremonial and religious objects.

Try carving your own Magatama at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry on Sunday, June 18th.
Time; 10:10 and 13:20
Capacity: 30 participants per session
Participation Fee: 300 yen (in addition to the museum entrance fee)
*Same day registration
*3rd year elementary school stude3nts and younger must have a guardian present

  • 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/
     

 Chiba Prefectural Citizen’s Day at the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (Chiba City)

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In celebration of Chiba Prefectural Citizen’s day, the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba will offer free entry to the Museum on Sunday, June 15th. There will also be plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy!

Kinoko Mushroom Magnet Making
Time: 1) 10:00-10:30 2)14:00-14:30
First floor hall, capacity 30 people, cost 50 yen, anyone can attend

Lecture: The birth of Chiba
Time: 1) 11:00-11:30 2)14:30-15:00
Historical Exhibit Room, Free, anyone can attend

Sand Art
Time: 10:00-15:00
Second floor hall, Capacity 100 people, Free, anyone can attend

Talk: The making of Insect Cases
Time: 10:00~、11:00~、13:00~、14:00~、15:00~ (About 30min each)
Analytic Exhibit Room, Free, anyone can attend

 

  • Date: Saturday, June 15th
  • Place: Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba, 955-2 Aoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Admission: FREE (Normally 500 yen; 250 yen for high school and university students; free for junior high school students and under and 65 and older)
  • Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30 (last admission is 16:00)
  • 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/( External link )

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