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Chiba Nanohana News (November 2017)


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 I. News

 1) World AIDS Day and FREE Testing (Chiba City)

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 36.7 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.

For more information about World AIDS Day and how you can act, visit <www.worldaidsday.org>.

Chiba City FREE and Anonymous AIDs Screening and Consolations
Date: 11/25 (Sat)
Time: 10:00-11:00 (No Reservation Required)
Reservations: Please schedule a visit by 11/24 by calling the Health Care Center (043-238-9974)
Details: Approx. 5cc of blood will be taken for the test; results will be ready in about an hour.
Location: Chiba City Health Care Center
Address: 1-3-9 Saiwaicho, Mihama-ku, Chiba 261-0001
Access: 5 minute walk from Keiyo Line Chiba Minato Sta.
Inquiries: Chiba City Health Care Center TEL 043-238-9974

 2) The Kasori Shell Mounds, a National Special Historical Site

     Shell mounds are excavated cross-sections of the shell layer left behind by the daily routine of people during the Jomon Era. The “Kasori Shell Mounds” (Chiba city) are the first shell mounds in Japan to be designated as a national “Special Historical Site.” A set of ruins from the mid to late Jomon Era (approx. 5,000 to 3,000 years ago), the Kasori Shell Mounds are one of about 2,400 other Jomon Era ruins. They are also known as one of the largest “Mura Shell Mounds” in the country. Mura Shell Mounds commonly held the villages of ancient people.
     “Special Historical Sites” are historical sites which are selected among those designated by a minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology based on the Cultural Assets Preservation Act for its notably high academic value and its characteristics as a cultural symbol of our country.
     In the Chiba City Kasori Shell Mounds Site Museum, are exhibited using a special preserving method. The displays of Jomon pottery, stone tools, as well as animal, fish and human bones explain how people lived around Kasori shell mounds. A variety of programs including pottery making are offered on site.

  • Inquires:Chiba City Board of Education Office
  • Lifelong Learning Department
  • Cultural Education and Properties Division
  • Telephone:043-245-5960

 3) Disaster Preparedness Seminar for Foreign Residents

     On Saturday, November 25, from 12:15pm to 5:00pm, Chiba Prefecture will be sponsoring a Disaster Preparedness Seminar for Foreign Residents in Kashiwa City. Participants will learn about what to do in case of a large earthquakes and other common natural disasters in Chiba. Only the first 20 applicants may join, so apply today! For more information and how to register, please follow the link below.

  • Date:2017/11/25 (Sat)
  • Time: 12:15 - 17:00 (Reception opens at 12:00)
    *Lunch will not be provided, but participants can try samples of emergency rations during the break.
  • Information: Kashiwa City Hall, Cooperative Promotion Division TEL:04-7167-1133


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II. Festivals and Events

 1) 30th Kurimoto Furusato Imo Festival/Kurimoto Sports Plaza Area (Katori City)


     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 120 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. A lighting ceremony and other pre-festivities will be held at 18:30 on the 18th.

  • Date: Sunday, November 19, 9:00-15:30 (will be postponed to Thursday, 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) 50-1258 (Kurimoto Furusato Imo Festival Planning Committee (Katori City Kurimoto Branch Office, Community Group)
  • URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp (Japanese only)

 2) 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.

Shinshu Festival at Iinuma Honke (Shisui Town)
Date: Sunday, November 19, 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)

 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
Otaki Prefectural Forest (486-21 Otaki, Otaki Town)
Access: 20 minutes on foot from Otaki Station (Isumi Railway)
Inquiries: Otaki Prefectural Forest (0470-82-3110)
URL: http://www.0-kenmin.sakura.ne.jp/
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: November 26th — December 3rd
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.
Inquiries: Futtsu City Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division (0439-80-1291)

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://izumi-park.city.chiba.jp/

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.
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)

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.city.katori.lg.jp/

Shiroyama Park (Tateyama City)
Enjoy the clear fall air as you leisurely stroll about the Kangetsuan tea house and Japanese garden. On Wednesday, November 26th 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)
URL: http://www.city.tateyama.chiba.jp/tosikeikaku/page006387.html
Tea ceremony: http://www.city.tateyama.chiba.jp/syougaigaku/page021516.html

 4) 19th Period Festival: A Bustling Day in the Edo Period/Shinmachi-dori & Keisei-Sakura Station areas (Sakura City)


     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 11, 10:00-15:00 (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)

 5) 35th Shibayama Haniwa Festival/Shibayama Park Area (Shibayama Town)


     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.

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 12, 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 venue.
  • Inquiries: Shibayama Town Local Development Division (0479-77-3918)


 6) 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.

Tokyo German Village Winter Illumination
Approximately 60,000 square meters of park will be lit by over a quarter of a 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: 201711/01 – 2018/04/08
Time: From sunset
Place: Tokyo German Village / Sodegaura Nagayoshi 419
Entrance: 2,500 yen per car (including passengers), or if you arrive on foot 500 yen per person (Children 3 and under free)
Access: 3km on the Ane-Saki Sodegaura IC off the Tateyama Expressway

Sparkling Farms, Makiba Star Tale
From now until February 25th, Mother Farm will be celebrating its sixth annual illumination. This year’s theme is “Sparkling Farm, Makiba Star Tale.” There will also be great events to enjoy like ice-skating and special seasonal all-you-can-eat menu selections.
Dates: 2017/10/21 (Sat) – 2018/02/25 (Sun)
*Until 2018/01/08 (Holiday Monday) the illumination will be held every day except for park holidays
*1/09 – 2/25 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) 600 yen, Children (Age 4 and Elementary School) 300 yen
Access: 15km on the Kisarazu-Minami IC off the Tateyama Expressway
Website: http://www.motherfarm.co.jp

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.
Dates: 11/25 (Sat) – 12/27 (Wed)
Time: 17:00 – 20:00 (Weekends and Holidays 17:00 – 20:30)
Place: Ichihara Quard’s Forest/ Ichihara City Kakinokidai 1011
Access: From JR Uchibo Line Goi Sta., take the Kamoniato Railway to Tsukizaki Sta., 15 min on foot from Tsukizaki Sta.

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 1) Original Shell Art at the Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba (Katsuura City)




      Learn from the experienced staff while exploring the wonders of the ocean at the Coastal Branch of the Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba. On Saturday, November 25th, make shell art and learn about the fascinating creatures that live in the waters around Chiba.

Date: 11/25 (Sat)
Time: ①11:00~11:20 ②13:30~13:50
*Please arrive 10min before the start of the event
Participation Fee: 50 yen

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), 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
    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) Free Entrance to Prefectural Museums on Culture Day

     November 3rd is Culture Day, and in an effort to better 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
Access: JR Keiyo Line or Chiba Monorail (JR Chiba Minato Sta.)

Natural History Museum and Institute, Chiba
Access: Bus from JR Chiba Sta. or JR Soga Sta.

Chiba Prefectural Otone Museum
Access: Bus from JR Sawara Sta. towards Aquatic Botanical Garden (Suisei Shokubutsu-en)

Otaki Castle Museum
Access: 15min walk from Otaki Sta. via the Isumi Railway

Coastal Museum of Natural History
Access: 15min walk from JR Ubara Sta.

Chiba Museum of Science and Industry
Access: 15min walk from JR Moto Yawata Sta. or JR Shimousa Nakayama Sta.

Sekiyado-jo Museum
Access: Bus from Noda Line Kawama Sta. to Sekiyado-jo Museum

Chiba Prefectural Boso-no-Mura
Access: 20min by bus from JR Narita Sta., 10min by bus from JR Ajiki Sta.


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