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Update:March 5, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (October 2016)


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 I. News 

 1) Chiba Prepares to welcome the CHI-BA+BERRY


  The berry formally known as Chiba S4, will make its formal debut to the market in January 2017 as, “CHI-BA+BERRY.” The new strain of strawberry, 8 years in the making, received its name from a popularity poll in early 2016. Over 3,000 votes were cast and nearly a third of voters (961 votes) supported the name CHI-BA+BERRY. Second with 351 votes was Ruby Drop, and third with 346 votes was Amapuri Chan.

The new berry is sweet and has a refreshing tartness to its flavor. Cultivation will begin in January and the new berry will be available in stores and for picking through March. Be sure to watch as more events are announced for the CHI-BA+BERRY debut season.

 2) 2016 Chiba Aqua-Line Marathon (Kisarazu City and Sodegaura City)


    On Sunday, October 23rd, seventeen thousand athletes, including four Rio Olympic and Paralympic athletes and 450 international athletes, will race through Chiba as part of the 2016 Chiba Aqua-Line Marathon.  This year, a wheelchair half-marathon has been added to the full and half marathon competitions.  On both the 22nd (Saturday) and the 23rd (Sunday), Kisarazu City and the marathon venue will be packed with all sorts of Chiba themed stands and events, including regional mascot characters and local food and products. Both runners and guests can start off a sports-filled autumn with this unique event!

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016 9:55-16:00photoaquqmarathon

・Wheelchair half-marathon; starts at 9:55

・Full and Half-marathon;starts at 10:00


・Full marathon: starts at Shiohama Park (Kisarazu City), ends at the former Kisarazu City Hall (passes Kisarazu Kaneda IC, Umihotaru, Sodegaura City Hall, Sodegaura Park, Hotaru-no, Kiyomidai)

・Half-marathon: starts at Shiohama Park (Kisarazu City), ends at Ushigome Fishing Port (passes Kisarazu Kaneda IC, Umihotaru)

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 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Knife Ceremony/Takabe Shrine (Minamiboso City)


  Takabe Shrine, the only shrine in Japan dedicated to the god of cooking, overlooks the coastline of Chikura’s Yatsu District. According to the Nihon Shoki (“Chronicles of Japan”) and the Takahashi Ujibumi record (submitted to the Imperial Court in 789), “during Emperor Keiko’s visit to Awa, Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto prepared a meal of katsuo and shiro-hamaguri for the emperor. Emperor Keiko, extremely pleased with this meal, then welcomed Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto into the palace to prepare his meals.”

The god of Takabe Shrine is Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto, and this shrine is the only shrine in Japan to be dedicated to the god of cooking. Iwakamutsukari-no-Mikoto has also long been known throughout the country as the god of miso and soy sauce, and is often prayed to by cooks and spice/seasoning makers.

  During the knife ceremony held at Takabe Shrine, a person dressed in an ancient ceremonial court robe and headdress will prepare fish. This ceremony is unique in that the chef performing the ritual will never touch the fish with their hands, but rather will prepare the fish only through the use of a ceremonial knife and chopsticks. This ancient ritual requires true mastery in the art of fish preparation and is a tradition that continues to be passed down through the generations.

  The knife ceremony will be held during the autumn festival on October 17th as well as the harvest festival on November 23rd.

  • Date: Monday, October 17

          Wednesday, November 23

  • Place: Takabe Shrine(164 Minamiasai, Chikura-cho, Minamiboso City)
  • Access: Take the Nitto bus bound for Shirahama from Chikura Station (JR Uchibo Line). 10 minutes by foot from the “Sekiya Byoin-mae” bus stop.
  • Inquiries: (0470) 44-3581 (Minamiboso City Tourism Association, Chikura Branch)

 2)Fall Flowers in Chiba




  The Kuroshio Current, which runs north along Chiba’s Pacific coastline, brings warm air to the region throughout the year. This temperate climate makes Chiba the perfect destination to visit for flowers throughout the year. Chiba has a variety of gardens, nurseries, and farms where you can see these flowers and go flower-picking. We’ve hand-picked some places across the prefecture where you can see bonsai trees, roses, and chrysanthemums in full bloom.

Bonsai Trees: Chiba City Urban Greening Botanical Garden (Chiba City)

  The Japanese art of bonsai originated from the Chinese practice of penjing, and through years of trade these potted trees took root in Japanese art and culture. After the tradition was adopted by Zen Buddhism, bonsai cultivation became a form of high art taught at monasteries and regarded as a symbol of sophistication. Twenty bonsai works will be on display from October 14th to the 16th (10:00-16:00)

Chrysanthemum: Chiba City Greenery Botanical Garden (Chiba City)

  The chrysanthemum is the symbol of the Emperor and Imperial family in Japan. You can see this beautiful and bold flower arranged in a variety of bouquet styles from Tuesday, October 25th to Sunday, November 6th (Closed Monday 10/31).

  • Place: Chiba City Urban Greening Botanical Garden (Toshi Ryokka Shokubutsuen), 278 Hoshigukicho, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Access: From JR Chiba Station, take the bus bound for Soga Station East Exit. Get off at “Kita-hoshiguki basutei (bus station)” and walk for 5 minutes. From JR Soga Station, take the bus bound for Chiba Station. Get off at “Ryokka-shokubutsuen iriguchi (Greenery Botanical Garden entrance)” and walk for 5 minutes.
  • *Please come by public transportation as the parking lot gets very crowded on weekends.
  • Inquiries: Chiba City Greenery Botanical Garden (043-264-9559)
  • URL: http://www.cue-net.or.jp/kouen/chiba-toshiryokka/index.html  

Roses: Yatsu Rose Garden (Narashino City)

  800 varieties of rose are carefully cultivated in this 12,600m2 garden and bloom from mid-October to early November. As you stand surrounded by over 7,000 roses, you will realize why this plant is known around the world as a symbol of love and beauty.

  • Place: Yatsu Rose Garden, 3-1-14, Yatsu, Narashino City
  • Hours: 9:00-16:30, closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday; open every day from October 1 to November 15)
  • Admission: 370 yen for high school students and older, 100 yen for junior high and elementary school students, 180 yen for age 65 and older

          After November 16: 180 yen for high school students and older, 50 yen for junior high and elementary school students, 90 yen for age 65 and older

 3) Kamogawa Food Fest (Kamogawa City)




  Located on the Pacific coast of southern Chiba Prefecture, Kamogawa City is a small town known for its fishing, surfing, and connection to the ocean. On Sunday, October 30th, Kamogawa will be showcasing the flavors that define the region during their second annual Food Festival.

     A variety of regional foods, sake, and products will be available for sale, but the main dish of the event will be the heavily discounted Splendid Alfonsin (Kinmedai). Supplies of this delectable fish are limited, so get there fast!

  Also, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes. As a special holiday promotion, the first 50 guests to arrive at the Kamogawa Food Fest wearing Halloween costumes will receive a discount coupon that they can use at the venue. Additionally, guests in costumes who visit the Kamogawa International Relations Association’s (KIRA) booth, will receive a free Filipino style empanada!

Kamogawa Food Fest

  • Date: Sunday, October 30, 10:00-15:00 
  • Place: Kamogawa Civic Center (808-33 Yokosuka, Kamogawa)
  • Access: Four minute walk from JR Awa-Kamogawa Station East Exit
  • Inquiries: Kamogawa Tourism Division Tel: 04-7093-7837

 4) Chiba Sake Festa 2016/Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hall (APA Hotel & Resort) (Chiba City)

    Approximately 20 sake breweries from all around Chiba Prefecture will gather here for this annual grand sake tasting event organized by the Chiba Prefecture Sake Brewery Union. Visitors can enjoy over 150 different kinds of Chiba’s finest sake. Enjoy new twists on classic flavors at the Japanese sake cocktail corner and booths selling unique snacks from around the prefecture.

  • Date: Friday, October 7, 17:30-20:30
  • Place: Tokyo Bay Makuhari Hotel (APA Hotel & Resort), 2-3 Hibino, Mihama-ku, Chiba City
  • Admission: 2,500 yen (tickets can be purchased online through e+plus)

 *Please purchase tickets in advance through e+plus (http://eplus.jp).  Tickets purchased through e+plus will be mailed or issued at a convenience store.

 *Each ticket comes with 1,000 yen worth of coupons that can be used to buy sake and snacks at the event. Guests will also receive a mini sake cup.

*Visitors who fill out a survey will receive a free 300ml bottle of sake.

  • Capacity: 700 people (adults 20 years and older; minors are not permitted)
  • Access: 5 minute walk from Kaihimmakuhari Station (JR Keiyo Line)
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Sake Brewery Union (043-222-0686)

 5) Sawara Grand Autumn Festival/Sawara-Shinjuku District (Katori City)




     The “Sawara Grand Festival,” which is held both in the summer and the fall, was designated as a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset in February 2004. It is famous for being one of the Kanto region’s three biggest dashi float festivals, and boasts over 300 years of tradition.

    The magnificent dashi floats are decorated with exquisite Kanto-style carvings. Some dashi floats also carry enormous figures up to 4 meters tall that were created by famous doll makers during the Edo and Meiji Periods.

    Slip back in time and immerse yourself in a scene from the Edo Period. Listen to the sounds of the “Sawara-bayashi,” one of Japan’s three great styles of festival music. Watch the dashi floats brush against the eaves of buildings and glide through the town, called “Little Edo,” an area which has been nationally designated as an Important Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings.

  • Date: Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9, 10:00-22:00
  • Location: Sawara-Shinjuku district, Sawara, Katori City
  • Access: Sawara Station (JR Narita Line)
  • URL: http://www.city.katori.lg.jp/sightseeing/matsuri/  (Japanese)
  • Inquiries: Katori City Commerce & Tourism Division (0478-54-1111)

 6) Tanada Rice Field Illumination and Festivals(Kamogawa City)




    Visit the Oyama Senmaida this fall to experience a world of fantasy illuminated by over 10,000 LED lights and 3,000 eco-candles as Kamogawa celebrates its Tanada Night Festival between October 21st (Friday) and the 23rd (Sunday). If you miss the main festivities, but still want to experience the wonder, the mountainside will be illuminated between 16:30 and 20:00 each night from October 24th to January 4th. See below for special event schedules.

Tanada Night Festival

  • Date: October 21 (FRI) to October 23 (SUN)
  • Time: 16:30~20:00 (The event will conclude with fireworks)
  • Stage Events at: 17:00, 18:00, 19:00
  • Access via Shuttle Bus Transport:

From Kamogawa General Sports Facility...........16:00~19:30

From Oyama to General Sports Facility...............16:30~20:00

From JR Awa Kamogawa Station.................15:10/16:15/17:20

From Oyama to JR Awa Kamogawa............16:40/18:00/19:00

Tanada Illumination

  • Date: October 24 (MON) – January 4 (WED)
  • Time: 16:30~20:00

*Shuttle bus tickets include the price of admission and can be purchased for 1000 yen before boarding the bus at the Kamogawa General Sports Facility and Kamogawa Station Information Kiosk. Discount tickets are available to those who purchase tickets in advanced (before 10/23). Discount tickets are 800 yen and can be bought at the following locations:

Kamogawa Station Information Kiosk, Kamogawa City Hall Tourism Platform 6F, Kamogawa Onsen Ryokan Association, and the Tanada Club

  • Information: Kamogawa Tourism Platform at TEL: 04-7093-2461

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.   

 1) Moving Forward, Chiba Railways Exhibit (Ichikawa City) 

  The Boso Region of southern Chiba prefecture is full of natural splendor. The many railways that cut through the forests and forge through the mountains of this untouched region provide visitors an escape from the city. Visit the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry this fall for an in depth look at the history of these railways.

  Be sure to check out some of the interactive exhibits below:  picturesangyoukagakukan

Toy Train Exhibit

  • 10/2 (Sun) 10:00~15:00 (Free Play from 13:00)

Steam Engine Riding

  • 10/15 (Sat) 1) from 10:50, 2) from 13:30

Let’s learn about and build a motor!

  • 11/05 (Sat) 1) from 10:35, 2) from 13:45

Ride the Rickshaw Railway

  • 11/13 (Sun) 1) 10:00-12:00, 2)13:00-15:00

Moving Forward, Chiba Railways Exhibit

  • Date: Friday, October 14 – Sunday, December 4
  • Place: Chiba Museum of Science and Industry, Onitaka 1-1-3, Ichikawa City
  • Museum Hours: 9:00-16:30; closed Mondays (or the next day if Monday is a holiday)
  • Admission: During this special exhibit 800 yen; 400 for high school and college students; free for junior high students and younger, age 65 and older
  • 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/ 

 2) Chiba’s 40th Moving Art Gallery (Narita City)

    In a continuing effort to spread art appreciation across the prefecture, the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art will be hosting its 40th Moving Art Gallery at Narita City’s Cultural Arts Center between September 23rd and October 16th. The center will be displaying a special exhibit of 43 works from the Chiba Prefecture’s “finest” collection which will include works by Auguste Renoir, Jean Corot, Asai Chu, and more. Be sure to check it out!

  • Date: September 23 (Friday) - October 16 (Sunday)

                  Gallery Closed: 9/26 (Mon), 10/3 (Mon), 10/11 (Tues)

  • Time: 10:00-18:00 each day (Fridays until 20:00)
  • Location: Narita City’s Cultural Arts Center, Sky town Gallery (4F/5F)
  • Access: One minute on foot from JR Narita Sta., two minutes on foot from Keisei Narita Station
  • Inquiries: Government Office for Education, Education and Arts Promotion

                        TEL: 043-223-4127

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