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Update:June 14, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (JUNE 2018)

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 I. News  

 Study Abroad Students and Foreign Residents Appointed as “CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors”

     Twenty foreign exchange students and residents, from different areas of Chiba Prefecture, representing 10 countries were officially appointed as CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors on June 12th. The CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors promote Chiba Prefecture’s many attractions—tourist spots, delicious cuisine, and the cultural differences 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

*The official program name for the “CHI-BA+KUN Ambassadors” is the “Ambassadors to Spread Chiba Prefecture’s Charm to the World Together with CHI-BA+KUN”

 

 Ambassadors’ home country/area (number of people)

 China (4), USA (4), Vietnam (3), Indonesia (2), Taiwan (2), Nepal (1),

 Sri Lanka (1), Thailand (1), Korea (1), Russia (1)

 Inquiries:

Chiba Prefecture, International Affairs Division

TEL: 043-223-2436   E-mail: kokusai@mz.pref.chiba.lg.jp

 

 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.
     June 15 commemorates 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. The main event is the Chiba Wakuwaku Festa in Makuhari Messe on Sunday, June 10. 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 10, 10:00-17:00
  • Place: Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 3, 2 Chome, Nakase, Mihama-ku, Chiba City
  • Entrance: FREE
  • Access: 5 min walk from Kaihin-makuhari 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)
  • URL: http://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/kkbunka/kenminnohi/h30event-wakuwaku.html

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) 34th 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-taiheiyasan-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 Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June 17. 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: Saturday, June 9—Sunday, June 17, 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-eigyosho, Ushiku, or Tsurumai and get off at “Atagocho” and walk for 3 min.
  • Inquiries: Chonan Safflower Growing Association 090-7174-0578


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

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     Enjoy the delicate glow of the himebotaru fireflies as you stroll through the nighttime forests of Kamogawa’s Uchiurayama Kenmin-no-Mori. The himebotaru firefly is 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 16 (Sat), 20 (Wed), 23 (Sat), 24 (Sun)
  • Place: Uchiurayama Kenmin-no-Mori, 3228 Uchiura, Kamogawa City
  • Fee: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for children 4 years old - junior high school students, 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 the U.S. there is a 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.

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: 10 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 800square meters 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: 15 min walk from Shimizu-koen Station (Tobu Urban Park Line)
  • Inquiries: Noda General Park (04-7125-1155)

Suigo Sawara Iris Festival at Suigo Sawara Ayame Park (Katori City)
Suigo Sawara Ayame Park is famous for its 1,500,000 irises of 400 varieties, celebrated in the Suigo Sawara Iris Festival until Sunday, June 24.

  • Date: Saturday, May 26 to Sunday, June 24, 8:00-18:30
  • Place: Suigo Sawara Ayame Park, 1837-2, Ogishima, Katori City
  • Admission: 800 yen for adults, 400 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 (0478-79-0707)
    Suigo Sawara Ayame Park (0478-56-0411)

Sodegaura Park (Sodegaura City)
15,000 irises bloom in a 3,600square meters 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—Mid 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-mae” and walk 1 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)

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: 4477-2 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 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: Late 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 “Shinden”.
  • 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) Tako Hydrangea Festival/Ajisai Park (Tako Town)

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     In a show of gratitude to the Kuriyama River, which supports the daily lives and culture of Tako residents, about 10,000 hydrangea bulbs were planted along the riverbank, and a walking path was completed in 1980.
     Every year, many visitors from within and outside of Chiba come to enjoy the purple, white, and pink varieties of hydrangea in full bloom at the Tako Hydrangea Festival. The Kuriyama River lined on both sides with hydrangea is the very image of Tako’s rich agricultural history.

Festival events:
1) Mini concert by bayfm DJ Takahiro Kojima
     bayfm DJ Takahiro Kojima will bring energy and excitement to the festival stage.
2) Free Tako-mai rice
     Tako-mai rice, which has been chosen as the most delicious rice in Japan, will be given away for free. You can get as much rice as you can scoop up with both hands.
3) Sappa boat cruises (paid attraction)
     Enjoy a sappa boat cruise on the Kuriyama River. The hydrangeas from the river are a sight you won’t want to miss!
4) Bamboo rollercoaster
     Built especially for this event each year, this thrilling attraction is popular with children.

  • Date: Sunday, June 10, 9:00-16:00 (postponed to Sunday, June 17 in the case of rain)
  • Place: Tako Ajisai Park and Central Shopping Arcade
  • Access: From Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station, take the Tako Town shuttle bus and get off at “Michi-no-eki Tako” (25 min).
    *A free shuttle bus will be running from Shibayama-Chiyoda Station (Shibayama Railway) to the festival venue.
  • URL: http://maruchiba.jp/sys/data/index/page/id/13567
  • Inquiries: Furusato Tako Hydrangea Festival Planning Committee Office (0479)76-2611

 5) OCEAN+FEST TATEYAMA 2018 (Hojo Beach, Tateyama City)

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     Ocean Fest Tateyama is an ocean-themed sports event for all ages held on Saturday, June 16 and Sunday, June 17. Casual athletes can compete as individuals in events like the Stand-Up Paddleboard Race or watch as lifeguards from around the country compete in a variety of events. There will also be a stand-up paddleboard workshop for beginners. Elementary school students can participate in the ocean-sport fun with Lifesaving Workshop.

     Everyone from children to experienced athletes can enjoy sun, sea, and sports at the Ocean Fest in Tateyama!

  • Date: Saturday, June 16—Sunday, June 17
  • Place: Hojo Beach, Minato, Tateyama City
  • Fee: See website for details.
  • Access: 5 min walk from Tateyama Station west exit (JR Uchibo Line)
  • Inquiries: Tateyama City Board of Education Sports Department (0470-22-3696)
  • URL: http://tateyamasc.com/2018-entry/

 6) Tomisato Watermelon Festival and 35th Watermelon Road Race (Tomisato City)

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     Take the opportunity this June to visit Tomisato City and enjoy watermelon at a variety of events!
     On Sunday, June 17 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 on June 24th. This event consists of 3km, 5km, and 10km-events. 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. Although the registration period for the race has already ended, you can join the fun by helping cheer on runners from the sidelines.

Tomisato Watermelon Festival

  • Date: Sunday, June 17, 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 “Tomisato Minami Shogakko” or “Haniwadai Shako”, and get off at “Tomisato Chugakko” or “Tomisato Nokyo・ Tomisato shiyakusho”.
  • Inquiries: Tomisato City Agricultural Administration Division (0476-93-4943)

35th Watermelon Road Race

  • Date: Sunday, June 24, 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 “Tomisato Minami Shogakko” or “Haniwadai Shako”, and get off at “Tomisato Chugakko”.
    * 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 Watermelon Road Race Planning Committee (0476-93-1145)

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 Events at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)

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glider

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     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. Here are some of the museum’s June activities that are fun for the whole family!

Electric Car in Action 
“Tarip” the electric car will be on display and available to ride around the square.
Date: 6/16 (Sat)
Time: 11:00 and 14:00
Capacity: 20 groups (groups 1-4 people) (Elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Fee: Free
Registration: In order of arrival

Make a Magatama
Magatama are a type of jewelry made by carving stone or other materials into comma-shape. This style of jewelry was popular in ancient Japan.
Date: 6/17 (Sun)
Time: 10:10 and 13:20
Capacity: 30 people (Elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Fee: 300 JPY for materials
Registration: In order of arrival

Make your own Glider
Make your own flying glider!
Date: 6/24 (Sun)
Time: 10:10 and 12:40
Capacity: 24 participants ages 3 through middle school (Elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
Fee: 100 JPY for materials
Registration: If capacity is reached, participants chosen by lottery

  • 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 Friday, June 15th. There will also be plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy!

Lecture: The birth of Chiba
Time: 1) 13:30-15:00
Historical Exhibit Room, Free, Capacity 30 people, Apply by June 1st

Make a Badge from Plants
Time: 1) 10:30-12:00 2)13:30-15:00
Capacity 70 people, 100 JPY materials fee

Talk: The making of Insect Cases
Time: 10:00~、11:00~、13:00~、14:00~、15:00~ (About 30min each)
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 300 yen; 150 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 6 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://www2.chiba-muse.or.jp/NATURAL/

     

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