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Update:November 16, 2016

Chiba Nanohana News (November 2016)

 Index

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

 I. News  

 1) World AIDS Day and FREE Testing

     Beginning in 1988 as the first ever global health day, World AIDS Day is now held on December 1st each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate people who have died.

     Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Since its identification in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.

     Today, advances in HIV treatment and HIV legislation have done so much to increase our understanding about the condition. However, each year around the world people continue to be diagnosed in great numbers. People do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.

    World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away and that there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice, and improve education.

  • Date: 11/27 (Sun)
  • Time: 14:30-15:00 (No Reservation Required)
  • FREE and Anonymous
  • Details: Approx. 5cc of blood will be taken for the test; results will be ready in about an hour. You may also choose to receive tests for Syphilis and Hepatitis B at the same time.
  • Location: Shin-Urayasu Plaza Wave 101
  • Address: Shoppers Plaza Shin-Urayasu 4F, 1 Chome-4-1 Irifune, Urayasu 279-0012
  • Access: 1 minute walk from JR Keiyo Line Shin-Urayasu Sta.
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Health and Welfare Department TEL 043-223-2691

 2) Free Museum Entrance on Culture Day

  November 3rd is Culture Day, and in an effort to make Chiba culture more accessible to the public, eight prefectural art and history museums will be free to enter. With many museums displaying special exhibits, it’s the perfect chance to get out and explore the cultural history of Chiba Prefecture. For a list of participating museums, see below.

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art

Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba

Chiba Prefectural Otone Museum

Otaki Castle Museum

Coastal Museum of Natural History

Chiba Museum of Science and Industry

Sekiyado-jo Museum

Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Freshly-brewed Sake and Tours of Sake Breweries 

      After 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. As the rice is polished more, the quality of sake produced increases. Water is also a very important part of the process, as the minerals in the water affect the flavor and color of the sake. After polishing, koji bacteria are added and the mixture is left to ferment. It takes a master with years of experience and training to make adjustments to temperature, humidity, and other factors. While some parts of the process are now done by machine, many breweries still use traditional methods that are more labor-intensive, but produce higher-quality sake.

       Sake-lovers in Chiba can show their appreciation for the tradition by visiting local breweries and give thanks to the water, land, and people who produce such high-quality sake. Please enjoy responsibly.

11th Shinshu Festival at Iinuma Honke (Shisui Town) photoiinumahonke

  • Date: Sunday, November 20, 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 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 Brewery (0479-86-3050)
  • URL: http://www.kankiku.com/ 

Shinmai, Shinshu, and Seishu 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/

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

  • Date: from Mid-November to March
  • Place: Wagura 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: Wagura Brewery Takeoka Warehouse (0439-67-0027)

 2) 29th Kurimoto Furusato Imo Festival/Kurimoto Sports Plaza Area (Katori City)

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     Visitors to “Japan’s No. 1 Roasted Sweet Potato Plaza” can receive a free benikomachi sweet potato.

     Five tons of benikomachi sweet potatoes will be roasted in 130 grain shell mounds that will be scattered across the plaza. These sweet potatoes, roasted to perfection, will be distributed to visitors, who can also enjoy the fresh produce market, flea market, and many other activities being held in the plaza for people of all ages to enjoy.

     There will also be 2 tons of sweet potatoes prepared in a giant steamer, as well as Kanto’s largest pot of tonjiru (miso soup with pork and vegetables) containing 5,000 servings of soup, a produce exhibition, a potato harvesting plaza (10 stocks for 1,000 yen), helicopter rides, and many other fun events in store.photokurimotofesta2

      Also, a lighting ceremony and other pre-festivities will be held at 18:30 on the 19th.

  • Date: Sunday, November 20, 9:00-15:30 (will be postponed to Wednesday, November 23 in case of heavy rain)
  • Place: Kurimoto Sports Plaza area (1045 Iwabe, Katori City)
  • Access: 5 min. by foot from the bus stop in front of the Kurimoto Fire Department Training Facilities via the JR bus bound for Tako (25 min. ride) departing from Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)

                     5 min. by foot from the Daijoji-shita stop on the Chiba Kotsu Bus bound for Kurimoto (35 min. ride) from Narita Airport Terminal 2 Station (JR as well as Keisei Line).

  • Inquiries: (0478) 75-1258 (Kurimoto Furusato Imo Festival Planning Committee (Katori City Kurimoto Branch Office, Community Group)
  • URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp (Japanese only)

 3) Great Spots to See Fall Foliage 

       Cold autumn air is met with warm fall colors as the forests across Chiba begin changing brilliant shades of red on gold in late November and early December. Every year many people flock to see the fall foliage, known as “Koyo.” Here are some great spots in Chiba where you can appreciate some of the seasonal beauty for yourself.

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

      Enjoy the fall season 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

Place:

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

◇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)

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     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.

  • When to go: mid-November—early December
  • Place: Izumi Nature Park, 108 Noro-cho, Wakaba-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: From Chiba Station, take the Flower Bus bound for “Nakano Soshajo (Nakano Switchyard)”, get off at “Izumi Koen Iriguchi (Izumi Park Entrance)” and walk 10 min
  • Inquiries: Wakaba Greenery Office (043-228-0080)
  • URL: http://www.city.chiba.jp/toshi/koenryokuchi/kanri/wakaba/izumitop.html

Hondo Temple (Matsudo City)

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

  • 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 

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—early December
  • 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 27th there will be a fall leaves tea ceremony from 10:00 to 15:00.

  • When to go: late November—early December
  • Place: Shiroyama Park, 362 Tateyama, Tateyama City
  • Access: From Tateyama Station, take the bus to “Shiroyama koen-mae (Shiroyama Park)” and walk 10 min
  • Inquiries: Tateyama City Planning Department Parks Division (0470-22-3610)

         Inquiries about tea ceremony: Lifelong Learning Department (0470-22-3698)

         Tea ceremony: http://www.city.tateyama.chiba.jp/syougaigaku/page021516.html

 4) Chiba Winter Illuminations 

  Although the weather may slowly be getting colder, the start of winter also signals the beginning of Chiba’s illumination season. Here are a few of the big ones to visit with friends, the family, or that special someone this winter.

Sparkling Farms, Forest of Light and Music

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  From now until February 12th, Mother Farm will be celebrating its fifth annual illumination. This year’s theme is “Sparkling Farm, Forest of Light and Music.” Amongst the 420,000 lights, there will also be great events to enjoy like ice-skating and special seasonal all-you-can-eat menu selctions.

  • Dates: 2016/10/22 (Sat) – 2017/02/12 (Sun)

*Until 2017/01/09 (Holiday Monday) the illumination will be held every day except for park holidays

*1/14 – 2/12 The illumination will be held only on weekends and holidays

  • Time: 16:00 - 20:00
  • Place: Mother Farm
  • Park Entrance: Adults (Middle school and older) 1,500 yen, Children (Age 4 and Elementary School) 800 yen

*Enterance after 16:00: Adults (Middle school and older) 500 yen, Children (Age 4 and Elementary School) 300 yen

Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination

Approximately 60,000 square meters of park will be lit by 2.5 million lights. This year, certain attractions like the famous 70 meter long rainbow tunnel will be paired with music to create a spectacular show on sound and light.

  • Dates: 2016/11/01 – 2017/03/31
  • Time: From sunset
  • Place: Tokyo German Village / Sodegaura Nagayoshi 419
  • Entrance: 2,000 yen per car (including passengers), or if you arrive on foot 500 yen per person (Children 3 and under free)
  • Access: 3km on the Anesaki-Sodegaura IC off the Tateyama Expressway

Ichihara Christmas Illumination

  Celebrating the season, the Ichihara Quard’s Forest will be hosting a Christmas illumination starting in Late November and running to late December. There will be a special opening event on November 20th.

  • Dates: 11/20 (Sun) – 12/27 (Tues)
  • Time: 17:00 – 20:00 (Weekends and Holiodays 17:00 – 20:30)
  • Place: Ichihara Quard’s Forest/ Ichihara City Kakinokidai 1011
  • Access: From JR Uchibo Line Goi Sta., take the Kominato Railway to Tsukizaki Sta., 15 min on foot from Tsukizaki Sta.

 5) 18th Period Festival: A Bustling Day in the Edo Period/Shinmachi-dori & Keisei-Sakura Station areas (Sakura City)

 photosakuramaturi  On Shinmachi-dori in Sakura City, where buildings and their architecture still retain the atmosphere of the Edo Period, the annual Period (Jidai) Festival will recreate the hustle and bustle of a time when samurai and townspeople lived together in this Edo Period castle town. Events include Tatsumi-style martial arts and falconry demonstrations that were well kept secret arts of the Sakura clan, as well as battle reenactments, Japanese archery, a monkey show, a torimono (Edo Period police capturing a criminal) performance for the kids, and more. Visitors can also get more involved by renting historical costumes.

  • Date: Saturday, November 12, 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/0000001055.html (Japanese only)

 6) 34th Shibayama Haniwa Festival/Shibayama Park Area (Shibayama Town) 

photohaniwa1 Shibayama Town is known as the “Town of Haniwa”; a haniwa is a clay figurine found in large burial mounds from the Kofun Period (250-538 AD). Approximately 500 mounds 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, residents including students from local elementary and middle schools dressed 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:

9:20-10:00   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 13, 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 16:35. 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.
  • Inquiries: Shibayama Town Local Development Division (0479-77-3918)

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.   

 1) Shinobu Tsuda Metal Art Exhibit (Chiba City)

     Born in Sakura City, Chiba Prefecture, Shinobu Tsuda (1875-1946), is recognized as a master of metal sculpture due to his achievements as a craftsman and teacher. This exhibit at the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art will feature his casting works including documentation of his methods. In total 84 pieces, including pottery and metal works from throughout Shinobu Tsuda’s life, will be on display as a means of detailing the life of this Metal Art Giant.

Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art

  • Dates: Until 2017/01/15
  • Hours: 9:00-16:30 (Closed on Mondays, if Monday is a Holiday the museum will be Open but then will be closed on the following business Day) (Closed for the New Year: 12/28-1/4)
  • Entrance: General 500 yen, Students 250 yen, Seniors and Children FREE
  • Access: 10 minute walk from JR Keiyo Line or Chiba Monorail (JR Chiba Minato Sta.)
  • Phone: 0473-242-8311
  • Website: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/ART/english/index.html 

 2) 40th Furusato Festival (Sakae-machi)

  In cooperation with the surrounding area, Boso-no-Mura will be celebrating time-honored arts and culture on Tuesday, November 3rd with their 40th Furusato Festival. The festival will showcase traditional parades like the Gionbayashi, accompanied by taiko drums and parade flutes, as well as Shinto rituals like Mochimaki, an event where rice cakes are scattered into an eagerly awaiting crowd. There will also be displays of traditionally made works of art as well as locally made crafts for sale.

  • Date: 2016/11/03 (Holiday Tuesday)
  • Time: 9:00 – 16:30
  • Place: Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura
  • Entrance: FREE on the day of the event
  • Parking: FREE on the day of the event
  • Access: 20min by bus from JR Narita Sta., 10min by bus from JR Ajiki Sta.
  • Phone: 0476-95-3333
  • Website: http://www.chiba-muse.or.jp/MURA/e/index.html

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