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Update:March 15, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (March 2018)

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

 I. News  

 Tokyo 2020 Games Mascots

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The Tokyo 2020 Mascots Design Competition received 2,042 entries. After screening by the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and Specialists from related companies, 3 possible candidates were chosen to be voted on by elementary schoolchildren. Nearly 17,000 schools participated in the voting and the winning mascots received 109,041 votes. For more information, please see the official homepage of the Tokyo Organising Committee www.tokyo2020.org/en/games/mascot/.

 “What do you Love about Chiba” Campaign Season 6

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Do you have a favorite place in Chiba? Perhaps a certain restaurant, lodging, or local product? Turn your love for Chiba into Chiba-themed prizes! Submit your favorite Chiba related photograph at the link below and be entered to win. Twelve submissions are selected by lottery each month.

Going on now until March 22nd, there is a special Strawberry Photo Campaign. Submit photos to win strawberry related products like the CHI-BA+BERRY or CHI-BA+KUN & Strawberry plush doll.

URL:http://maruchiba.jp/campaign/index.html#lovechiba
( External link )

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) 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: Tuesday, March 27—Wednesday, 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)
  • URL: http://www.city.asahi.lg.jp/kanko/event/index2014fall.html

 2) Cherry Blossom Viewing Spots in Chiba

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Every spring, people gather in parks across the country as the sakura trees burst into pink and white blossoms, then fade and flutter to the ground in poetic fashion. The season 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)
Best 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 7-8
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)
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)
Best spot: sakura festival from 3/27-4/8
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)
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.
Inquiries: Nagara Town Agriculture Exchange Center (0475-35-0055)

Sakuma Dam Park (Kyonan Town)
Best spot: the sakura festival event on 4/1
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)

 3) 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 18 for visitors and their families to gather shellfish, and will be open until September 14. 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. Below are some tips for first time clam diggers.

Taking clams home:
Be sure to add a little bit of sea water to your bucket for the journey home. Otherwise you might just end up with a bucket full of dead clams. Also, allow the clams to sit overnight in clean seawater or a mixture of salt and fresh water (1 tablespoon of salt per 500ml). This will allow the clams to expel any excess sand and keep you from having a gritty dinner!

Simple Asari Takikomi Gohan Recipe:
1) Boil clams in pan with lid
2) After all clams have opened, turn off heat
3) Dice carrot (1/3), Shimeji Mushrooms (1 pod), Fried Tofu
4) Add all ingredients to rice cooker, as well as some soy sauce
5) Use broth from the clams to cook ingredients in the rice cooker
6) Serve after one cycle in the rice cooker

  • Dates: Sunday, March 18—Sunday, September 14
  • Place: Futtsu Beach, Futtsu, Futtsu City
  • Fee: Clam-digging fee (includes net bag): 2,000 yen for junior high students and older (up to 2kg), 1000 yen for elementary students (up to 1kg), 800 yen for children age 4 to 5, 1000 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 for purchase, but hands work just as well
  • 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 ext. 5561), Futtsu Clam-Digging Beach Beach House (Umi-no-ie) (0439-87-2233)
  • URL: http://www.jf-futtsu.com/

 4) 47th 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.

URL: https://www.city.chiba.jp/shimin/seikatsubunka/bunka/28shimingeizytusai.html( External link )

 5) 7th Ichigo-no-Sato Sammu S1 Grand Prix (Sanmu City) 

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The S1 Grand Prix will be held for the seventh time on Saturday, March 10th. 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.

 

URL:https://maruchiba.jp/sys/data/index/page/id/13413( External link )

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

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 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).

 4) Sakura Matsuri (Sakura City)

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    Experience 400 years of living history in this grand closing event for the Sakura Matsuri on Saturday, March 17th. Four historic Dashi (traditional parade floats) gather from the surrounding Yokocho, Kamimachi, Nakamachi, and Mirokumachi, to be pushed and pulled through the streets in an amazing display of power and tradition.

 

URL: http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp/0000018383.html( External link )

 

III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 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 “Boso Marine Products” The gallery will introduce the variety of marine environments found around Chiba and the diversity of life that lives there, focusing on the marine life used in marine products.

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
  • Hours: 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), 7min 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
  • Hours: 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

 

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