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Update:March 15, 2017

Chiba Nanohana News (March 2017)

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

 I. News  

 1) Campaign to Promote Calm and Organized Disaster Preparedness

        March 11th marks one of the largest natural disasters in modern Japanese history. The earthquake and following tsunami not only created confusion among victims, but also displaced many people and prevented them from returning to their homes.

        After a disaster, it is imperative that emergency services can assist affected areas as fast as possible. However, after a disaster many people’s first thought is to walk home. Not only can this be dangerous due to broken structures and fires, but also the disorder of large groups of people may hinder the movement of emergency services.

       The Chiba Disaster Planning Division would like to encourage families to discuss and review action plans in order to better prepare for a disaster situation.

Try discussing the following topics with your family.

1)How should we confirm each other’s safety in an emergency? Where should we meet in the event of a disaster?

2)What items should we prepare for use in a disaster? Things like emergency food and water, a radio, batteries, a map of the area, extra clothes and shoes, a flashlight, etc.

3)In the event that we cannot return home, what places can offer assistance? Consider your local emergency shelters, convenience stores, gas stations, etc.

       After trains and public transportation stopped following the March 11th Earthquake, many people had to travel long distances by foot to get home. In order to help people get home safely, Chiba is working together with various convenience stores, gas stations, and restaurants across the prefecture to create “Disaster Stations” that can help support travelers. Watch for stickers like these that mark the location of establishments that can offer water, bathrooms, and information in the event of a disaster.

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 2) Forum on Chiba Ecological Balance and Biodiversity

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      To better gather information related to topics such as ecological distribution, biodiversity, and the effects of global warming, Chiba Prefecture established a citizen research team to survey ecological balance. Currently over 1,200 residents take an active role in the research. Including the surveying of native and foreign species and the information of seasonal changes through observations of local birds and plants, more than 78,000 cases have been reported by team members. Their activities contribute to efforts for the protection of rare species and measures against invasive species.

      At the “Forum on Chiba Ecological Balance and Biodiversity,” held on Saturday, March 4th, members of the research team will introduce their activities and analysis of their reports about the diversity of life in Chiba. Additionally, there will be a photo contest showcasing some of the research team’s documented pictures.

For those wishing to join the research team, registration in free and anyone is welcome. For more information, please visit the Chiba Biodiversity Center’s website.

 Forum on Chiba Ecological Balance and Biodiversity 

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Time: Saturday, March 4th 2017 1:00pm-4:00pm

Venue: Hall of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba

  (955-2 Aoba-cho, Chuo-ku, Chiba)

Inquiry: Chiba Biodiversity Center  TEL:043-265-3601 
FAX:043-265-3615

URL: http://www.bdcchiba.jp/

*Photo:Carrhotus xanthogramma (C) Miori Kaneko

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Clam-Digging at Futtsu Beach (Futtsu City) 

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       Cape Futtsu is a prefectural park in southern Chiba and it extends out from the Boso Peninsula into Tokyo Bay. The cape is also home to the Futtsu Clam-Digging Beach. The beach will open on Sunday, March 12 for visitors and their families to gather shellfish, and will be open until September 10. On opening day, there will be a welcome event by the clam-digging area. At the event the Futtsu City Tourism Association Futtsu Branch will pass out free asari clam and miso soup. Also available is a breakroom at the beachfront umi-no-ie house for visitors to take a rest in (for an additional fee), free parking, and salt water to clean the sand out of the clams. This is a great opportunity for shellfish-lovers to collect edible clams fresh from the ocean.

  • Dates: Sunday, March 12—Sunday, September 10
  • Place: Futtsu Beach, Futtsu, Futtsu City
  • Fee: Clam-digging fee (includes net bag): 1,800 yen for junior high students and older (up to 2kg), 900 yen for elementary students (up to 1kg), 900 yen for each additional 1kg

                Beach house fee: 300 yen for junior high students and over, 200 yen for elementary students and younger

                Clam-digging tools are available to purchase.

  • Access: From Aohori Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the bus bound for Futtsu Park (“Futtsu-koen”) and get off at the park entrance (“Koen-iriguchi”)
  • Applications and inquiries: Futtsu Fishery Cooperative Association (0439-87-2121), Futtsu Clam-Digging Beach Beach House (Umi-no-ie) (0439-87-2233)
  • URL: http://www.jf-futtsu.com/

 2) Annual festival at Kamakazu Ise Shrine (Asahi City) 

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       The Kamakazu Ise Shrine (Kamakazuise Daijingu) in Kamakazu, Asahi City is dedicated to the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu Omikami. The shrine was established in 1672 as a branch of the Ise Grand Shrine in Mie Prefecture and is the only one in Chiba Prefecture. During the shrine’s annual festival from March 27-28, kagura music (a type of Shinto theatrical dance music) will be played as an offering on the shrine grounds. The “Kagura of Kamakazu” dates back to 1756 and was designated a Chiba Prefecture Cultural Intangible Folk Property in 1965.

  • Date: Monday, March 27—Tuesday, March 28, 11:00-17:00
  • Place: Kamakazu Ise Shrine (4314 Kamakazu, Asahi City)
  • Access: 20 minutes on foot from Higata Station (JR Sobu Main Line);
  • By car, take the Choshi Renraku Road to Yokoshiba-hikari IC and drive about 25 minutes on Rt. 126 towards Choshi.
  • Inquiries: Kamakazu Ise Shrine (0479-62-1982)

 3) Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Chiba 

        Cherry blossoms are more than just a flower in Japan. Every spring, people gather in parks across the country as the sakura trees burst into pink and white blossoms, then fade as quickly as they came. The sight has inspired poetry, songs, paintings, photography, and all kinds of art. Here are some of the best places in Chiba to hold a hanami, or flower-viewing party, beneath the beautiful blossoms.

Aoba-no-Mori Park (Chiba City)

photochibacherryBest spot: anywhere near the 80 types of cherry blossom trees!   

When to go: Late March—late April

Number of trees: 1,500

Address: 977-1 Aobacho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City

Access: 10 min walk from Keisei Chibadera Station

Inquiries: Aoba-no-Mori Park Management Office (043-208-1500)

Tokiwadaira Cherry Blossom Road (Sakura-dori) (Matsudo City)

  • Best spot: at the Sakura Festival on April 1-2
  • When to go: Late March—early April
  • Number of trees: 600
  • Address: Tokiwadaira, Matsudo City
  • Access: near Shinyahashira Station (JR Musashino Line), Yabashira Station or Goko Station (Shin-Keisei Line), Tokiwadaira Station (Shin-Keisei Line)
  • Inquiries: Matsudo City Culture and Tourism Division (047-366-7327)

Shimizu Park (Noda City)

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  • Best spot: the sakura tunnel, one of the top 100 sakura places in Japan; sakura festival is late March to early April.
  • When to go: Early April
  • Number of trees: 2,000
  • Address: 906 Shimizu, Noda City
  • Access: 5 min walk from Shimizu-Koen Station (Tobu-Noda Line), west exit
  • Inquiries: Shimizu Park Management Office (04-7125-3030)

Manzai Nature Park (Asahi City)

  • When to go: Early April—mid-April
  • Number of trees: 1,000
  • Address: 363-1 Sakurai, Asahi City
  • Access: 15 min by car from Asahi Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: Asahi City City Maintenance Division (0479-62-5354)

Mobara Park (Mobara City)

  • Best spot: one of the top 100 sakura places in Japan; sakura festival is late March to early April
  • When to go: Late March—early April
  • Number of trees: 2,850
  • Address: 1325-1 Takashi, Mobara City
  • Access: From Mobara Station (JR Sotobo Line), take the bus bound for Chonan and get off at “Sogenji Temple” and walk 5 min
  • Inquiries: Mobara City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division (0475-20-1528)

Hakkakuko Park (Togane City)

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Best spot: sakura festival from 3/27-4/9

When to go: Late March—early April

Number of trees: 1,000

Address: 1415-1 Togane, Togane City

Access: 5 min walk from Togane Station (JR Togane Line)

Inquiries: Togane City Tourism Association (0475-50-1142)

Nagara Toshi Noson Koryu Center (Nagara Town)

  • Best spot: the Nagara Dam (lit up at night) photonagaracherry
  • When to go: Late March—early April
  • Number of trees: 3,200
  • Address: 70-15 Yamanogo, Nagara Town
  • Access: 15 min by car from Mobara-Chonan IC (Ken-O Expressway) or Soga IC (Keiyo Road)

         From Hamano Station (JR Uchibo Line) east exit, take the Kominato Bus bound for “Longwood Station” and get off at the last stop

         From Mobara Station south exit (JR Sotobo Line), take the Kominato Bus bound for “Longwood Station” and get off at the last stop.

Sakuma Dam Park (Kyonan Town)

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Best spot: the sakura festival event on 4/2

When to go: Late February—mid-April

Number of trees: 2,000

Address: 39 Okuzure, Kyonan Town

Access: From Hota Station or Awa-Katsuyama Station (JR Uchibo Line), take the town loop bus and get off at “Sakuma dam iriguchi.”

Inquiries: Kyonan Town Tourism Association Hota Station Information Center (0470-55-1683)

 4) 6th Ichigo-no-Sato Sammu S1 Grand Prix (Sammu City)

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         The S1 Grand Prix will be held for the sixth time on Saturday, March 11th. The “S” in S1 stands for Sammu, Strawberries, and Sweets, and Visitors can sample a variety of desserts made with strawberries specially grown in Sammu City, and vote to determine who will win the Grand Prix. There will also be booths selling specialty goods.

  • Date: Saturday, March 11 10:30-14:00 (Canceled in the case of bad weather)
  • Place: Hasunuma Kaihin Park parking lot 1
  • Address: 368-1 Hasunuma Ho, Sammu City
  • Access: 15 min by Airport Shuttlebus from Matsuo Station (JR Sobu Main Line)
  • Inquiries: 0475-80-1201 (S1 Grand Prix Planning Committee Office, Sammu City Agriculture, Commerce, and Industry Department)
  • URL: http://www.city.sammu.lg.jp/  

 5) 46th Chiba City Art Festival (Chiba City) 

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        The Chiba City Art Festival is a yearly event that celebrates, promotes, and promulgates all forms of art and culture. These forms are divided into six categories: music, fine arts, literary arts, tea ceremony and flower arrangement, performance arts, and traditional arts. Pieces and works from each of these categories will be displayed at the festival. Festivities and displays can be found at the Chiba City Lifelong Learning Center until Sunday, March 26th.

  • Date: Sunday, February 26 to Sunday, March 26
  • Place: Chiba City Lifelong Learning Center, 3-7-7 Benten, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: 8 min walk from Chiba Station (JR Sobu Line)
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Cultural Association Office (within the Chiba City Culture Promotion Foundation, 043-221-2411)

 6) St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Chiba (Chiba City)

       Saint Patrick’s Day commemorates the arrival of Christianity to Ireland and is celebrated as a day to appreciate Irish heritage and culture. So put on some green, the color of Ireland, and join the Irish Network Japan Chiba to march, dance, and feast this St. Patrick’s Day. Celebrate the holiday by participating in the parade and enjoying Irish dance and musical performances with Irish Network Japan Chiba. Sign-up to be part of the parade online at http://chiba.inj.or.jp/ (Registration info in English and Japanese at the bottom).

  • Date: Sunday, March 26 (parade starts at 14:00; participants should meet in front of the stage at 13:00)
  • Place: Makuhari Seaside Park
  • Access: 10min walk from Kaihin-makuhari Station south exit (JR Keiyo Line)
  • Cost: Free
  • Inquiries: Irish Network Japan Chiba
  • URL: http://chiba.inj.or.jp/

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 1) Marine Science Gallery at the Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (Katsuura City)

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      Each year the Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute chooses a theme for their photo gallery. This year’s theme will be “coral reefs and the diversity of life that lives there.” The gallery will focus on the diversity of life, complex relationships of species, and the living communities that surround coral reefs.

     The museum also has several standard exhibits that can inform visitors about the coastal region around Chiba Prefecture and the Boso Peninsula. These exhibits describe the region and introduce the marine life that lives here.

     Located just across the street from the Museum is Katsuura’s Underwater Park. The underwater observation deck gives visitors a look at the world found eight meters under the waves. A coupon for 10% off the admission price and can be found on their website.

Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba

  • Place: 123 Yoshio, Katsuura City
  • Open 9:00-16:30  Closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Admission: Adults 200 yen, high school and college students 100 yen, junior high school and younger/age 65 and older free
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Ubara Station (JR Sotobo Line), 10min by Taxi from Katsuura Stn.
  • Inquiries: Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (0470-76-1133)
  • URL: http://www2.chiba-muse.or.jp/?page_id=411

Katsuura’s Underwater Park

  • Place: 174 Yoshio, Katsuura City
  • Open every day 9:00- 17:00 (Receptions closes at 16:30)
  • Admission: Adults 960 yen, Children Middle School age and younger 470, Children 4 and younger 210 yen
  • Access: 15 min on foot from Ubara Station (JR Sotobo Line), 7min by Taxi from Katsuura Stn.
  • Inquiries: By phone at 0470-76-2955
  • URL: http://www.katsuura.org/opening/index.html

 2) Classic Car Show at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City) 

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      The Chiba Museum of Science and Industry will be holding a classic auto show on Sunday, March 12th. It’s a great opportunity for auto enthusiasts to get out and connect to the community and a great chance to teach the kids about some classic styles from the past. Entrance to the show is free, but visitors wishing to enter the museum will have to pay normal admission.

  • Place: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, Onitaka 1-1-3, Ichikawa City
  • Car Show: Sunday, March 12th 10:00-15:00 (closed in the case of Rain)
  • Museum Admission: 300 yen; 150 for high school and college students; free for junior high students and younger, age 65 and older (Closed Mondays or following day if Monday is a Holiday)
  • 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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