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Update:November 17, 2015

 

Chiba Nanohana News (November 2015)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) Chiba Farmer’s Market 2015

 Autumn is the harvest season, and what better way to celebrate the harvest than by visiting a farmer’s market? Until November 30, 119 participating farmer’s markets are conducting a stamp rally across Chiba Prefecture. Visitors to any participating location can purchase fall specialties like sweet potatoes, ecologically-grown rice, and much more, and pick up a participation form to collect stamps on. At each location, there is a stamp that visitors can find and stamp on their form. Collect stamps at two locations and send the form in to win a prize! Almost 500 people will win a prize, and at 11 locations there is a special “hidden CHI-BA+KUN” stamp that makes you five times more likely to win. Those who don’t win another prize are twice as likely to win a CHI-BA+KUN Special Prize: CHI-BA+KUN merchandise not found in stores. Farmer’s market locations are listed on the leaflet, which you can pick up at rest stops, JR stations, and other locations. Take advantage of this opportunity to win prizes and taste all that autumn has to offer!

  • Date: until Monday, November 30
  • Leaflet locations:

   ・Rest areas: Umihotaru PA, Wangan-Makuhari PA (southbound), Makuhari PA (southbound), Ichihara SA (southbound), Shisui PA (eastbound), Noro PA (eastbound)

   ・JR stations: Inage, Inage-kaigan, Makuhari-hongo, Yawatajuku, Tsudanuma, Ichikawa, Shin-Urayasu, Nishi-Funabashi, Abiko, Kashiwa, Sakura, Narita, Sawara, Asahi, Choshi, Mobara, Oami, Ohara, Kisarazu, Tateyama, Awa-Kamogawa

   ・Other: regional promotion offices (at the governmental leaflet corner), Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu (CHI-BA+KUN Plaza/Chiba Prefecture Tourism Information Center)

  • Prizes: (493 winners total)

           Prize A: Seasonal Premium Set (Prize B+C) (5 winners)

           Prize B: Sweet potatoes (3kg) (15 winners)

           Prize C: Chiba ecologically-grown rice (2kg) (25 winners)

           Farmers Market Prize (provided by 45 participating markets) (248 winners)

           CHI-BA+KUN Special Prize: CHI-BA+KUN merchandise (200 winners)

 2) Free Wi-Fi Across Japan for Overseas Tourists Staying at Hotels in Chiba City

  From November 20, 2015 to March 31, 2016, tourists from overseas who stay at participating hotels in Chiba City can get free Wi-Fi access at 200,000 hotspots across Japan. 

  Tourists can receive a pamphlet at their hotel that explains how to download the Travel Japan Wi-Fi app to their smartphone or tablet (the app is compatible with iOS and Android), as well as an access code called a Premium Code, which is valid for 2 weeks. The app and pamphlets are available in English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Thai. There is no need to enter a SSID to connect, and internet access is unlimited during the 2-week period. Hotspots are located throughout cities like Tokyo, Kyoto, Nagoya, Okinawa, Takayama, Sendai, Matsuyama, and Fukuoka. Participating hotels include the Keisei Hotel Miramare, Sankei City Hotel Chiba, Hotel Sun City Chiba, Hotel Sunroute Chiba, Birdie Hotel Chiba, Japanease Inn Hakusen, Hotel Soga International, Hotel New Tsukamoto, Business Hotel Marine, APA Hotel & Resort Tokyo Bay Makuhari, Hotel Green Tower Makuhari, and Hotel Francs. 

  Just by staying overnight in Chiba City, tourists can enjoy the rest of their travels in Japan with ease. Invite your friends and family to visit Chiba and take advantage of this convenient service!

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) EG Hula Hoop Battle 2015 World Championship/Togane City Hall Parking Lot (Togane City)   

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 The world championship tournament of “EG Hoop Battle” will be held in its birthplace of Togane City. The direct translation of the city’s kanji, east and gold, lend the initials “EG.” Hula Hoop Battle is a new sport where players battle one-on-one and try to get the other player to drop their hoop. This unique sport can be enjoyed by hula hoopers and curious fans of all ages.

 Visitors can also check out various local products at the Togane City Industry Festival located in the same parking lot as the hula hoop event from 9:00-14:00. Inquiries should be sent to the Togane City Industry Festival Planning Committee (0475-50-1138).

  • Date: Sunday, November 22
  • Place: Togane City Hall back parking lot, 1-1 Higashi-iwasaki, Togane City
  • Access: 5min walk from Togane Station
  • Inquiries: Togane Commerce and Industry Association (0475-52-1101)

 2) Art Ichihara Fall 2015/LAAES, Tsukide Workshop, Art House Asoubara-no-tani (Ichihara City)

 Art-lovers won’t want to miss this artistic event in Ichihara City. There will be exhibitions of works of modern art, and chances to watch artists in action. There will also be various art events and hands-on workshops. Enjoy the creative side of Ichihara this fall!

  • Date: Saturday, November 21—Monday (holiday), November 23; Saturday, November 28; Sunday, November 29

      *Some events: Saturday, November 21—Sunday, November 29; Saturday, December 5—Sunday, December 6

  • Place: LAAES (former Satomi Elementary School), 541-1 Tokuuji, Ichihara City

       Tsukide Workshop (former Tsukide Elementary School), 1045 Tsukide, Ichihara City

       Art House Asoubara-no-tani, 1083-1 Asoubara, Ichihara City

  • Admission: TBD
  • Access: From Goi Station (JR Uchibo Line), transfer to the Kominato Railway and get off at Satomi Station (free shuttle buses will run from Satomi Station to some of the venues).
  • Art House Asoubara-no-tani is 15 min walk from Yorokeikoku Station.
  • Inquiries: Mid-Boso International Art Festival Ichihara Art & Mix Planning Committee (0436-23-7005)
  • URL: http://ichihara-artmix.jp( External link ) 

 3) Freshly-brewed Sake and Tours of Sake Breweries

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 After the rice is harvested in fall, the sake-brewing process begins, meaning that this is the best time of year to taste freshly-brewed sake (shinshu). Unlike wine, which improves in taste as it ages, sake does not need years of aging to bring out the flavor, so visitors to sake breweries can taste this year’s sake at its finest.

 Sake-brewing is a delicate process that requires an expert eye at each stage to ensure a high-quality finished product. The process begins with rice specially grown for sake-brewing; this rice is polished to remove the bran, and more the rice is polished, the higher the quality of sake produced. Water is also a very important part of the process, as the minerals in the water affect the flavor and color of the sake. Then koji mold is added and the mixture ferments. It takes a master with years of experience and training to make adjustments due to temperature, humidity, and other factors. While some parts of the process are now done by machine, many breweries still use old methods that are more labor-intensive, but produce higher-quality sake.

 Sake-lovers in Chiba can visit local breweries and give thanks to the water, land, and people who produce such high-quality sake. Remember to take public transportation and enjoy alcohol responsibly.

10th Shinshu Festival at Iinuma Honke (Shisui Town)

  • Date: Sunday, November 22, 10:00-15:00
  • Place: Iinuma Honke, 106 Mabashi, Shisui Town
  • Access: shuttle bus from JR Shisui Station and Keisei Shisui Station
  • Inquiries: Shisui Suisui Club Planning Committee (090-6703-4459)

Brewery Tour at Kankiku Meijo Brewery (Sammu City)

  • Date: starting in late November
  • Place: Kankiku Brewery (Kankiku Country Beer & Cafe), 11 Matsuomachi Takenosato, Sammu City
  • Fee: Free
  • Access: 10 min by taxi from Matsuo Station on the JR Sobu Line
  • Inquiries: Kankiku Meijo Brewery (0479-86-3050)
  • URL: http://www.kankiku.com/( External link )

Shinmai, Shinshu, and Namazake for sale at Sommelier House Brewery (Futtsu City)

  • Date: starting in mid-November
  • Place: Sommelier House Brewery, 423-1 Uego, Futtsu City
  • Fee: varies by product (tasting is free)
  • Access: 10 min by taxi from Kazusa-minato Station on the JR Uchibo Line
  • Inquiries: Koizumi Shuzo Co. (0439-68-0100)
  • URL: http://www.sommelier.co.jp/( External link )

Brewery Tour and Hands-on Experience at Wakura Brewery Takeoka Warehouse

  • Date: from November to March
  • Place: Wakura Brewery Takeoka Warehouse, 1 Takeoka, Futtsu City
  • Fee: Free
  • Access: 15 min walk from Kazusa-minato Station on the JR Uchibo Line, or 10 min by car from Futtsu-chuo IC on the Tateyama Expressway
  • Inquiries: Wakura Brewery Takeoka Warehouse (0439-67-0027)

 4) 33rd Shibayama Haniwa Festival/Shibayama Park Area (Shibayama Town)

 

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  Shibayama Town is known as the “Town of Haniwa”; a haniwa is a clay figurine buried with the dead in large burial mounds called kofun during the Kofun Period (250-538 AD). Approximately 500 kofun used to be located around Shibayama, including the burial mounds of the noble lord and lady, called tonozuka and himezuka respectively.

  During the Haniwa Festival, 57 town residents, including students from local elementary and middle schools dressed up as people from the Kofun Period will “appear” at the tonozuka and himezuka tombs. Afterwards, they will parade through the town passing through landmarks such as the Shibayama Nioson Temple and Shibayama Park. Finally, they will present a message to the modern residents of the town before ascending to heaven. The mystic dances of the shrine maidens and faithfully recreated ancient costumes contribute to the festival’s historic atmosphere.

  The industry, cultural, and trade festivals will be held in conjunction with the Haniwa Festival.

Schedule:

9:30-10:00   Ritual of Descent (tonozuka/himezuka)

10:45-11:45 Ritual of Friendship (Shibayama Nioson Temple)

13:00-13:40 Ritual of Procession (Shibayama Nioson Temple to Shibayama Park)

14:00-14:30 Ritual of Welcoming (Main venue at Shibayama Park)

16:00-16:30 Ritual of Ascent (Shibayama Park)

  • Date: Sunday, November 8, 9:20-16:30
  • Place: Shibayama Park (main venue), Shibayama, Shibayama Town, Sanbu-gun
  • Access: There will be a free shuttle loop bus between Shibayama-Chiyoda Station (Shibayama Railway) and the venues every 60 minutes from 9:00 to 17:10. Only the first bus departing at 9:00 will stop at Tonozuka/Himezuka; the others will stop at the Museum of Aeronautical Sciences and Shibayama Nioson Temple.

   Heavy traffic is expected for the area around Shibayama Park on the day of the festival. If you are coming by car, please park at either the Shibayama Culture Center or the Shibayama Town Hall parking lot and take the shuttle bus to the main venue (run every 15-30 minutes from 9:00 to 16:45).

  • Inquiries: Shibayama Town Local Development Division (0479-77-3918)

 5) 400th Anniversary of Sakura Castle Town & 17th Period Festival: A Bustling Day in the Edo Period/Shinmachi-dori & Keisei-Sakura Station areas (Sakura City)

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   On Shinmachi-dori in Sakura City, where buildings still retain the atmosphere of the Edo Period, the Period (Jidai) Festival will recreate the hustle and bustle of the samurai and townspeople living a castle town in the Edo Period. Events include Tatsumi-style martial arts and falconry demonstrations that were secret to the Sakura clan, a battle scene, kyudo at the archery range, a monkey show, torimono (Edo Period police capturing a criminal) for kids, and more. Visitors can get more into the mood by renting historical costumes.

  • Date: Saturday, November 14, 11:00-15:00 (held the next day in case of rain)
  • Place: Old castle town district (Shinmachi-dori & Keisei-Sakura Ekimae-dori)
  • Access: 5 min walk from Keisei-Sakura Station (Keisei Line)
  • Inquiries: Sakura City Tourism Association (043-486-6000)
  • URL: http://www.city.sakura.lg.jp.e.dj.hp.transer.com/0000001055.html 

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.           

 1) Great Spots to See Fall Foliage

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 From November to December, forests across Chiba will turn red and gold in nature’s annual display of seasonal art. Japanese culture strongly values the seasons, and every year many Japanese people flock to see momiji and koyo, or the fall foliage. Here are some great spots in Chiba where you can appreciate the seasonal beauty for yourself.

Otaki Prefectural Forest, Tsutsumori Momiji Valley, and Awamata Waterfall (Otaki Town)

 The best place to enjoy the fall season is in Otaki Town. At the Prefectural Forest (Kenmin-no-Mori), stay overnight at the campgrounds and explore the bamboo craft center. At Tsutsumori Momiji Valley, see a panorama of Japanese maples, beech, and lacquer trees. At Awamata-no-taki, there is a waterfall 100m long with a 30m vertical drop surrounded by beautiful fall scenery, and the annual Yoro Valley Fall Leaves Festival will be held on Monday, November 23 (holiday).

When to go: mid-November—early December

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Otaki Prefectural Forest (486-21 Otaki, Otaki Town)                 

Tsutsumori Momiji Valley (Tsutsumori area, Otaki Town)

  • Access: 15 minutes by taxi from Yoro Keikoku Station (Kominato Railway) or Kazusa-Nakano Station (Isumi Railway)
  • Inquiries: Otaki Town Tourism Association (0470-80-1146)

Awamata Waterfall (Awamata area, Otaki Town)

  • Access: 15 minutes by bus from Yoro Keikoku Station (Kominato Railway) or Kazusa-Nakano Station (Isumi Railway)

    *The Yoro Valley Fall Leaves Festival will be held on November 23, 10:00-15:00.

  • Inquiries: Otaki Town Tourism Association (0470-80-1146)

Momiji Road (Futtsu City)

One thousand trees of all colors line a 10km course along the Shikoma River, lending this street the name “Momiji (fall leaves) Road.”

  • When to go: late November—early December
  • Place: Momiji Road, Shikoma and Yamanaka, Futtsu City
  • Access: From Kazusa-minato Station, take the Amaha Nitto Bus bound for “Tozurahara Dam” and get off at “Mutsuno”. The entrance to Momiji Road is about 5km away.

       By car from the north, take the Tateyama Expressway and exit at Futtsu-chuo IC, then turn onto Route 465 to Route 182. From the south, exit the Tateyama Expressway at Kyonan-Hota IC and turn onto Route 34 to Route 182.

Izumi Nature Park (Chiba City)

 Located about 11km southeast of Chiba City’s center, Izumi Nature Park is a 43ha park where you can see fall leaves turning in places like Momiji Valley, Koyo Park, and from Izumi Bridge.

Hondo Temple (Matsudo City)

  This temple is known in Japanese as Hondo-ji, but is also nicknamed Ajisai-dera, the temple of hydrangeas. While beautiful hydrangeas bloom in early summer, beautifully-colored trees decorate the temple grounds in fall.

  • When to go: mid-November—early December
  • Place: Hondo Temple, 63 Hiraga, Matsudo City
  • Admission: 500 yen for junior high students and older; free for elementary students and younger
  • Hours: 8:00-17:00 every day (last admission at 16:30)
  • Access: 10 min walk from Kitakogane Station on the JR Joban Line
  • Inquiries: June and November only (047-341-0405)
  • URL: http://www.hondoji.net( External link ) 

Kanpuku Temple (Katori City)

  Resting in the graveyard of Kanpuku-ji is the famous Ino Tadataka, who created the first map of Japan. Learn about the Chiba-native’s role in history as you admire the fall leaves.

  • When to go: late November
  • Place: Kanpuku Temple, 1752 Makino, Katori City
  • Access: 25 min walk from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)
  • Inquiries: Kanpuku Temple (0478-52-2804)
  • URL: http://www.katorishi.com 

Shiroyama Park (Tateyama City)

  Enjoy the clear fall air as you leisurely stroll about the Gangetsuan tea house and Japanese garden. On Sunday, November 22 there will be a fall leaves tea ceremony from 10:00 to 15:00.

 2) Armor and Its History at the Otaki Castle Museum (Otaki Town)

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  The Otaki Castle Museum has a variety of exhibits and displays on the history of the town, the Boso area, and the warriors who lived there. This fall, the museum has some events to introduce the history of medieval armor and explore the changes in its characteristics over time.

 “Armor and Its History” Exhibit

  This exhibit introduces different kinds of armor, such as dai-yoroi cavalry armor from the mid- to late Heian Period, domaru and haramaki chest armor for the infantry, and armor from the Warring States period. Learn about the changes in types of armor and the historical background.

  • Date: Friday, October 23—Sunday, December 6
  • Admission during exhibition period: 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school and university students, free for junior high students and younger, age 65 and older, handicapped visitors and one helper.

Visit Otaki Castle Town

  See the traces of history as you walk the streets of Otaki Town.

  • Date: Saturday, November 7, 10:00-15:30
  • Capacity: 30 people, first-come, first-served (for elementary school 3rd graders and older; children must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Sign-up: call in advance; registration closes when capacity is reached
  • Fee: 50 yen (admission is separate)

Lecture on Modern Armor

  This lecture will explain the development of modern armor and the changes in armor styles due to the introduction of guns.

  • Date: Sunday, November 8, 13:30-15:30
  • Place: Study Room
  • Capacity: 40 people
  • Sign-up: call in advance; registration closes when capacity is reached
  • Fee: free (admission is separate)

Seminar on the Making of Medieval Armor

  An armor maker will explain the methods and characteristics of making medieval armor using different kinds of materials.

  • Date: Saturday, November 14, 13:30-15:30
  • Place: Study Room
  • Capacity: 40 people
  • Sign-up: call in advance; registration closes when capacity is reached
  • Fee: free (admission is separate)

Tea Ceremony

  Visitors can experience tea ceremony with the Otaki High School Tea Ceremony Club.

  • Date: Saturday, November 21, 10:00-15:00 (postponed to next day in case of rain)
  • Place: Study Room
  • Sign-up: call in advance or same-day sign-up
  • Fee: about 300 yen (admission is separate)

Try on Samurai Armor

  In cooperation with other museums, Otaki Castle Museum offers visitors the opportunity to transform into a samurai. Try on medieval samurai armor and feel like you’ve traveled back in time!

  • Date: Monday, November 23 at 10:30 and 13:30
  • Place: Study Room
  • Capacity: 10 people per session
  • Fee: free (admission is separate)

・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

・General Admission: 200 yen; high school and university students: 100 yen; junior high school and younger, age 65 and older: free

              *During the armor exhibition period, admission is 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for high school and university students, free for junior high students and younger, age 65 and older, handicapped visitors and one helper.

・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.

・Inquiries: Otaki Castle Museum (0470-82-3007)

・URL: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/SONAN/( External link )

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