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Update:June 4, 2015

 

Chiba Nanohana News (June 2015)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) Governor Morita Visits Germany and the Netherlands

 From Thursday, May 28 to Wednesday, June 3, Governor Morita visited the Federal Republic of Germany and the Netherlands.

 In Germany, he traveled to the City of Duesseldorf, which has a history of friendship and exchange with Chiba Prefecture. He met and talked with the Mayor, and then attended Japan Day, an event in Duesseldorf that celebrates Japanese culture and exchange with Japan. Throughout his trip, he promoted Chiba Prefecture and highlighted its many attractions.

 In the Netherlands, he conducted the signing ceremony with the Dutch and Belgian teams for the training camp for the World Championships in Athletics held in Beijing. Both teams will prepare for the competition at the training camp in Chiba Prefecture. In hopes that the Dutch and Belgian Olympic and Paralympic teams will train for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Chiba as well, Governor Morita met with the Dutch Olympic Committee and promoted the advantages of Chiba Prefecture.

 This official visit has further deepened Chiba’s relationships with Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, and will hopefully open the door to future exchange and opportunities.

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) June 15 is “Chiba Kenmin no Hi” (Chiba Prefecture Citizens’ Day)

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 In 1984, “Kenmin no Hi” (Chiba Prefecture 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 Kenmin no Hi, 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 14. 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 Kenmin no Hi as a day to enjoy Chiba’s history, culture, nature, and industries. 

<Chiba Wakuwaku Festa>

  • Date: Sunday, June 14, 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).
  • Program: 
                 Maino Festival in Makuhari: Japanese and Taiwanese joint dances
                 Special classical music concert
                 Bay FM Public Broadcasting special program
                 Magic tricks
                Kids programming show
                Special local products from spots throughout the prefecture
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Government, Cultural Promotion and Citizens’ Life Affairs Division (043-223-2408)

<Family Soccer Class by JEF United>

 JEF United welcomes elementary school children and their parents to join JEF coaches for an afternoon of soccer. All participants will receive free non-reserved home seat tickets to the JEF United Ichihara Chiba vs. Avispa Fukuoka game which will take place on the same day.

  • Date: Sunday, June 14, 15:00-17:00
  • Place: Fukuda Denshi Square, 1-38 Kawasaki-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City 260-0835
  • Access: 12 min walk from JR Soga Station
  • Fee: Free
  • Capacity: 250 people (if over capacity, participants will be chosen by lottery)
  • How to apply: Mail a two-way postcard or send an e-mail with the names, addresses, phone numbers of all participants (up to 5 people per application) by Monday, June 8.
  • inquiries: JEF United Ichihara Chiba Co. (0570-064-325)
  • E-mail: hometown@jefunited.co.jp

<Tokatsu Area Train Stamp Rally>

 Collect CHI-BA+KUN stamps at public facilities, stores, and some stations along the 6 train lines that run through the Tokatsu Area (Tobu Line, Tsukuba Express, JR Joban Line, Nagareyama Line, Shin-Keisei Line, and Hokuso Line). Collect 2 station stamps or 3 facility stamps or more and be entered into a lottery to win train merchandise! There are 2 station stamps per line, and there is no need to apply; you can collect stamps at any point throughout the duration of the event.

<Try on Samurai Armor and Kimono at the Otaki Castle Museum>
 At the Otaki Castle Museum on Kenmin no Hi, visitors can try on samurai armor and kimono for free. Put on the deer-antler helmet of Honda Tadakatsu and become lord of Otaki Castle!

  • Date: Monday, June 15 at 10:00 and 13:30
  • Museum hours: 9:00-16:30 (closed Mondays, or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Place: Otaki Castle Museum, 481 Otaki, Otaki Town
  • Access: By bus: From Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the Kominato Bus bound for Otaki and get off at “Kubo” and walk for 20 min, or take the HMC Tokyo Bus bound for Otaki and get off at Otaki Station (“Otaki-eki”) and walk for 15 min. By train, take the Isumi Railway to Otaki Station and walk for 15 min.
  • Capacity: 10 people per session
  • How to apply: Apply by phone until capacity is reached
  • Fee: Free (admission is also free on June 15. On other days, general admission: 200 yen; high school and university students: 100 yen; junior high school and younger, age 65 and older: free)
  • Inquiries: Otaki Castle Museum (0470-82-3007)
  • URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/SONAN/ 

 2) 27th Tomisato Watermelon Festival and 32nd 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 14 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. There will also be taiko performances and fresh, locally-grown vegetables for purchase.

 If you can’t get enough watermelon, visit the Tomisato Watermelon Road Race, held annually in June. 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.

 Each year, over 13,000 runners apply to join the race. Previously entrees were first-come, first-served, but as spots for the most popular categories would fill up in just a matter of a few hours, participants are now chosen by lottery. Although the registration period for the race has already ended, you can join the fun by helping cheer on runners from the sidelines.

<27th Tomisato Watermelon Festival>

  • Date: Sunday, June 14, 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 or Haniwadai-Shako and get off at “JA Tomisato-mae.”
    Inquiries: Tomisato City Industrial Economy Division (0476-93-4943)

<32nd Watermelon Road Race>

  • Date: Sunday, June 21, 8:30-12:50 (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 Haniwadai-Shako 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)

 3) Suigo Sawara Iris Festival/Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Gardens (Katori City)

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  The Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Gardens is an attraction where you can enjoy the greenery and blue waters of the Suigo Tsukuba Quasi-National Park. 1.5 million hanashobu (Japanese irises) of 400 varieties in full bloom will color the entire park.

 The Iris Festival will be held from Saturday, May 30 to Sunday, June 28. Within the gardens, the irises are divided according to the different varieties, such as those with stylish names like Fujibakama and Dainagon, separating them into bunches of white, purple, and yellow. Edo, Ise, and Higo varieties of irises can also be found in abundance here. These botanical gardens are said to be largest cultivator of irises in the East.

 Also, visitors can cruise around the garden on small boats called sappa boats (for an additional fee). The irises from the boat are a must-see! A trademark vision of this season is the ferrywomen dressed in patterned kimono, red aprons, tabi shoes, and triangular amigasa hats, steering the boats using large poles called sao.

 As the different varieties of irises bloom one after another, visitors can enjoy the flowers until late June, when the late-blooming flowers blossom. Dates of the Iris Festival events are as follows:

<Event dates>

  • Bridal Boat: at 10:30 on June 7, 13, and 20 (cancelled in the case of inclement weather)
  • Performances of Sawara-bayashi music and Teodori (hand dance): at 10:30 and 13:00 on June 6, 14, and 21
  • Dutch Gakutai Performance: at 9:00 and 12:00 on June 13
  • Open Air Tea Ceremony: 10:00-15:00 on Saturdays and Sundays from May 31-June 21 (additional fee of 300 yen; cancelled in the case of inclement weather)

<Botanical Garden Boat Cruises>

  • Date: Saturday, May 30-Sunday, June 28, 8:30-18:00 (suspended in the case of inclement weather)
  • Cost: 500 yen for junior high school students and older, 200 yen for children over 3 years old

<Ferrywomen Sappa Boat Cruises>

 The garden’s most popular tourist attraction. During the festival, the cruises are packed with visitors. Experience the true beauty of a riverside district as you ride a sappa boat operated by a ferrywoman. Take the boat from Yodaura Bay, located next to the botanical gardens, and cruise under the 12 bridges of Sawara.

During the Iris Festival, sappa boat cruises are operated every day. (During June, cruises are an estimated 50 minutes long.)

  • Times: from 7:00 to sunset
  • Fare: 6,500 yen per boat (1,300 yen per person when there are 6 passengers or more)
  • Inquiries: Okusuigo Tourism Cooperative (0478-56-2280)

               Nakazu Boat Association (0478-56-0968)

・Date: Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, June 28, 8:00-18:30

・Place: Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Gardens, 1837-2 Ogishima, Katori City

・Admission fee (during the Iris Festival): 700 yen for adults, 350 yen for elementary and junior high school students

・Access: 25 minutes by shuttle bus from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)

      * Shuttle bus only operates during Iris Festival. Bus fare is 500 yen for junior high school students and older, 250 yen for elementary school students.

・Inquiries: Katori City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division (0478-50-1212)

             Suigo Sawara Aquatic Botanical Gardens (0478-56-0411)

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.           

 1) Herb Fair/Sanyo Media Flower Museum (Chiba City)

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 From Tuesday, June 9 to Sunday, June 28, the Sanyo Media Flower Museum will host a series of events at the Herb Fair in Chiba City. Surround yourself with the comforting smells of lavender and other herbs as you learn about how to care for the plants.

<Tropical Island Healing Garden>
Atropical garden where you can encounter a goddess emerging from a giant clam!

  • Date: Tuesday, June 9—Sunday, September 13
  • Place: 1st floor atrium

<Summer Tropical Orchid Display>

  • Date: Tuesday, June 9—Sunday, June 14 
  • Place: 1st floor multipurpose room

<Feel and Enjoy Herb Display 2>
Enjoy herbs with pleasant smells like thyme and mint.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 9—Sunday, June 28
  • Place: Sun Garden

<Breeze from Tyrol, Italy Concert>

  • Date: Sunday, June 14 at 13:00 and 15:00
  • Place: 1st floor Monesaron

<Herbs That Spice Up Your Life>

  • Date: Tuesday, June 16—Sunday, June 21
  • Place: 1st floor multipurpose room
  • Workshops: making lavender bundles, making a lavender flower basket
  • Fee: 300 yen

<Begonia Display>

  • Date: Tuesday, June 16—Sunday, June 21
  • Place: Atrium

<Atelier Posy Display and Workshop>

  • Date: Tuesday, June 23—Sunday, June 28
  • Place: 1st floor multipurpose room
  • Workshop: making a mini bouquet with lace paper (June 27 and 28, capacity 10 people per session)
  • Fee: 1,500 yen for adults, 1,000 yen for children

<Make a Lavender Sachet Stick>

  • Date: Sunday, June 21, 10:00-11:30 and 13:00-15:30
  • Place: Flower Studio
  • Capacity: 50 people per session, first-come first-served (same-day sign-up)
  • Fee: 300 yen

<Pick Lavender and Make a Lavender Scent Stick>

  • Date: Sunday, June 28, 13:00-15:30
  • Place: Lavender-picking: by the flowerbed; Scent stick: Flower Studio
  • Capacity: Lavender-picking: 500 people; Scent stick: 100 people (first-come first-served)
  • Fee: Lavender-picking: free; Scent stick: 300 yen

・Date: Tuesday, June 9—Sunday, June 28

・Place: Sanyo Media Flower Museum, 7-2-4 Takahama, Mihama-ku, Chiba City

*Museum is closed Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a holiday)

・Admission: 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for elementary and junior high students

・Access: From JR Inage Kaigan Station south exit, take the Kaihin Kotsu Bus Line #2 bound for Makuhari Seaside Park (“Kaihin-koen iriguchi”) and get off at the last stop and walk 5 min. Or from JR Inage Station west exit, take the Kaihin Kotsu Bus Line #2 bound for Makuhari Seaside Park pool (“Kaihin-koen pool”) and get off at the Flower Museum (“Hana no bijutsukan”) or bound for Takahama Bus Depot (“Takahama shako”) and get off at the last stop and walk 5 min.

・Inquiries: Sanyo Media Flower Museum (043-277-8776)

・URL: http://www.cga.or.jp/flower/ 

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