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Update:September 15, 2015

 

Chiba Nanohana News (September 2015)

 Index

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

 I. News               

 1) Free Telephone and Skype Legal Consultation for Foreigners

   The Kanto Federation of Bar Associations is offering free legal consultations for non-Japanese via telephone or Skype. Consultations are strictly confidential and interpreters are available in Japanese, English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Bengali, Russian, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, Italian, and Indonesian.

 The consultation service is provided for free, but phone call rates will be charged. Voice calling is free between Skype users. Those intending to call via Skype will need to install the software and register a Skype ID in advance.

  • Date: Saturday, October 17, 13:30-16:30
  • Phone: 050-5539-4864, 050-3136-7864, 050-5539-7864, 050-5809-7864, 050-5532-4864 (if the line is busy, please call the number again)
  • Skype ID: uketsuke0001, uketsuke0002
  • URL: http://www.kanto-ba.org/guidemap/ 

 2) Social Security and Tax Number (“My Number”) Beginning in October 2015

 Starting in October 2015, all residents in Japan, including non-Japanese, will receive an Individual Number, also known as “My Number” in Japanese. This 12-digit number links an individual’s personal information across multiple government agencies to make social security and tax procedures simpler and more efficient.

 As the name suggests, each resident will receive his or her own unique number, which is valid for their entire lifetime. Starting in January 2016, this number will be used by organizations that handle procedures regarding taxes, social security, and disaster response. For example, the number will be used in the following situations: for employers to create certificates of income and withholding tax, for security firms and insurance companies to use in legal documents for tax procedures, for the pension office to process employee pension benefits, for municipal offices to issue welfare benefits, for individuals to file income tax returns (beginning with the 2016 tax return which individuals will file in February or March 2017), etc.

 The Individual Number will be printed on an Individual Number Card along with the owner’s name, address, date of birth, sex, and other personal information, so it will be possible to use this card as a form of ID.  The Individual Number Card will replace the Basic Residence Card (juuki ka-do, not to be confused with Residence Card zairyuu ka-do). However, be careful not to show your Individual Number to others except for the above tax- and social security-related situations.

 All residents in Japan, including foreign residents who have been issued a residence card, will receive a notification card at their registered address from their local municipal office in or after October 2015. This notification card will detail the procedure for applying for an Individual Number Card, such as mailing in an application or applying online. Then, starting in January 2016, applicants will be notified that their card is ready, and they can pick up their card at their local municipal office (bring notification card, notification of issuance, and a form of ID).

 More information can be found on the official website. The Japanese website contains links to information in English, Chinese (traditional and simplified), Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, and more.

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 II. Festivals and Events    

 1) 41st Otaki Castle Festival/Otaki Elementary School, etc. (Otaki Town)

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 The Otaki Castle Festival serves as a commemoration of the reconstruction of Otaki Castle (Chiba Prefecture Otaki Castle Historical Museum) in 1975, and as a glimpse back into the past of the Warring States Period (14th and 15th centuries).

 On the night of the 26th, the main street by Otaki Castle will be lit up by decorated candle cups, paper lanterns, bamboo work, ceramics, and other light artwork—a heavenly place to walk through. Here the “Chiba Etchu Ohara Bushi” dance and the local “Otaki Castle Anthem” will be performed.

 The main event is Sunday the 27th, when troupes of armored samurai of Honda Tadakatsu, court princesses, riflemen, and Mexicans on horseback parade through the streets. At the main grounds (Otaki Elementary School), there will be an “Otaki: Town Full of Flowers” dance performance by preschool students, a performance by BOSO Musume, and a taiko drum performance by Otaki’s friendship exchange city, Arakawa, Tokyo. At the sub-venues, Otaki Castle and the Business Records Museum, there will be various entertainment such as a koto performance and tea ceremony.

Festival Eve

  • Date: Saturday, September 26 (cancelled in event of rain)
  • Time: 17:30-20:30
  • Place: On the Satomi Road (Route 172) between Sakuradai and Saruine Intersections

Main Event

  • Date: Sunday, September 27 (cancelled in event of rain)
  • Time: 10:00-16:20 (samurai stage and parade at 14:00)
  • Place: Otaki Elementary School, other areas in central Otaki
  • Access: from Otaki Station on the Isumi Railway Line: 3 min on foot to the Satomi Road (Route 172), 5 min on foot to Otaki Elementary School, 20 min on foot to Otaki Castle
  • Tel: Otaki Castle Festival Planning Committee (in the Otaki Town Industrial Promotion Department) (0470-82-2176)
  • URL:  http://www.town.otaki.chiba.jp/ (Japanese)

 2) Ohara Hadaka Festival/Ohara Beach, Ohara Central Shopping Arcade, Ohara Elementary School Grounds (Isumi City)

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  The Ohara Hadaka (naked) Festival is one of the most famous festivals in the prefecture. It has the quintessential elements of a Japanese festival but the level of intensity maintained throughout the festivities is characteristic of the Isumi area.

  On September 23 (Wednesday, a holiday), after the 18 mikoshi (portable shrines) have prayed for good harvests and catches, the festivities move onto the shiofumi ritual. The shiofumi ritual is one of the main Ohara Hadaka Festival’s main attractions. Hoisting the mikoshi onto their shoulders, the mikoshi bearers charge into the surf. Battling the heavy waves and occasionally other mikoshi teams, they continue to toss the heavy mikoshi up and down in the raging waters. This scene is epic and inspiring, and this festival dates back to the Edo Period.

  After their salty bath, the mikoshi return to the Ohara central shopping area, where they sing and parade in pairs all the way down to Ohara Elementary School, where the final main attraction of day, the parting ritual, takes place. At the parting ritual, the mikoshi teams dash around the school grounds with all their strength, as if to challenge the other teams.

  The scene of the mikoshi teams joining together in groups of two or three to sing sad parting songs after the sun has set and the town glows with the gentle light of the streetlamps is a must-see as well. The singers repeat the lyric “you young ones/ parting is hard/it would be better if we did not have to part” stirs up a feeling of melancholy among onlookers. As if to refuse to part with the others, the mikoshi continue to parade throughout the shopping arcade deep into the night, even after the parting ritual.

  On the 24th, after they have completed the festival rituals at their respective shrines, the mikoshi once again gather in the shopping arcade and perform the parting ritual once again. Afterwards, the young mikoshi bearers continue to toss them about until the jinku and kiyari folk songs signal that it is time to return them to the shrine, and wait until next year to bear the mikoshi once more.

  • Date: Wednesday, September 23 – Thursday, September 24
  • Place: Ohara Beach, Ohara central shopping area, Ohara Elementary School, etc.
  • Ohara, Isumi City
  • Access: Ohara Station (JR Sotobo Line)

                    Shiofumi ritual: Ohara Beach, 20 minutes on foot

                    Mikoshi parade: Ohara central shopping area, 1 minute on foot

                    Parting ritual: Ohara Elementary School, 15 minutes on foot

 3) 13th Tako Cosmos Festival/Ajisai Park (Tako Town)

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 The 13th Tako Town Cosmos Festival will host a variety of events at Ajisai Avenue and the surrounding area, where 500,000 cosmos flowers are in full bloom. There will be all sorts of free admission events, like the annual green flea market, “Flea Market in Cosmos,” as well as flower arrangement. Get a taste of the famous Takomai rice in a unique donburi dish, and try to win fall foods and even tickets to Tokyo Disney Resort at the all-you-can-take candy corner for kids.

Flower Arrangement Experience

  At the Tako Cosmos Festival, you can do more than just pick flowers—you can try simple flower arranging for free! This is a great chance to enjoy autumn through art.

Flea Market in Cosmos

  On the lawn beneath the crisp autumn sky, browse through the annual green flea market. From extra items lying around the house to flower seeds to stylish handmade knickknacks, a variety of environment-friendly booths are waiting for you!

  • Date: Sunday, September 27, 10:00-15:00 (cancelled in the event of rain)
  • Place: Ajisai Park (next to Michinoeki Tako Ajisai-kan), 1069-1 Tako, Tako Town
  • Access: 20 min by car from Narita IC (Higashi-Kanto Expwy) towards Sosa via Rt. 295 and Rt. 296

                     20 min by car from Taiei IC (Higashi-Kanto Expwy) via Rt. 51, then turn right at Sakuradagongen Intersection

                     95 min by express bus from JR Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit

                     20 min by shuttle bus bound for Tako Town from Narita Airport Terminal 2 bus terminal

*Free parking is available with free shuttle buses from parking lots to the venue. Input “Tako Town Hall” into car navigation system.

  • Inquiries: Tako Cosmos Festival Office (Industrial Economic Affairs Division, Tako Town Hall) (0479-76-5404)

 4) Bayside Jazz 2015 Chiba/Chiba City Cultural Center, etc. (Chiba City)

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 This event first began in 1998 in order to “bring the town together with jazz music.” The “Bayside Jazz Chiba” jazz festival has become a Chiba City tradition, and is now in its 18th year.

 At Stardust Jazz on September 5, musicians will create a fantastic collaboration with the starry sky at the planetarium in the Chiba City Museum of Science. At the Jazz Parade on Sunday, September 27, a jazz parade will accompany the flea market in the Ginza shopping area near Chiba Station. The Yasuto Ohara Super Jazz Trio and the Yasuto Ohara Quintet will give a concert on the evening of Friday, October 2, and Yasuto Ohara Jazz Friends will perform on Saturday, October 3 at the Fureai Music Concert, showing off the results of the Fureai Music Clinic on a special stage at Chuo Park.

 The main event, Jazz Street, will be on Saturday, October 3 in 24 different venues (17 paid admission, 7 free admission) located in the Chuo district (Chiba Station and Chuo Park, Chiba City Cultural Center area) and Chiba Minato district (near JR Chiba-Minato Station). This is a rare opportunity to enjoy performances at not only the hall venue, but also restaurants, bars, and other spaces where performances are not usually held. At the free admission venues, amateur groups will perform in addition to the professionals. Jazz lovers can get a sneak peek of Jazz Street at the Demonstration on September 25-27.

Stardust Jazz

  • Date: Saturday, September 5
  • Time: 13:00-13:45 and 14:30-15:15 (guests are asked to pick only one session to attend)
  • Place: Chiba City Museum of Science 7F Planetarium (inside the Qiball building), 4-5-1 Chuo, Chuo-ku, Chiba City
  • Admission: 510 yen for adults, 300 yen for high school students, 100 yen for junior and elementary students

           *Tickets are sold same-day at the machine on site. Preschool-age children are not permitted. Entrance is not allowed once the performance has started.

  • Capacity: 200 people per session (first-come, first-served) 

Demonstration

  • Dates: Friday, September 25, 18:00-18:45; Saturday, September 26, 11:30-12:15; Sunday, September 27, 14:30-15:15
  • Place: Sogo Mall main entrance area

Jazz Parade

  • Date: Sunday, September 27
  • Time: 11:30-12:00
  • Place: Chiba Ginza Shopping District Flea Market
  • Admission: Free

Festival Eve Concert

  • Date: Friday, October 2
  • Time: doors open at 18:00, performance starts at 18:30
  • Place: Chiba City Cultural Center 3rd floor Art Hall
  • Admission: 6,000 yen advance-sale, 6,500 yen at the door (all seats reserved)

              Preschool age children are not permitted.

Fureai Music Concert

  • Date: Saturday, October 3
  • Time: 11:00-11:45
  • Place: Chuo Park special stage

Jazz Street

  • Date: Saturday, October 3
  • Time: 11:00-21:00
  • Place: Chiba City Cultural Center 3rd floor Art Hall and 16 other venues (Free admission venues located at Lexus Chiba Chuo and 6 other venues)
  • Admission: 4,000 yen for advance tickets; 7,000 yen for advanced pair tickets; 5,000 yen for same-day adult tickets; 500 yen for same-day students

   *Free admission for preschool children. Same-day pair tickets are not available. Student discount tickets are not available in advance.

・Inquiries: Chiba City Cultural Promotion Foundation (043-224-8211)

・URL: http://www.f-cp.jp (Japanese)

 5) Onjuku Lobster Festival/Tsuki no Sabaku Monument and throughout Onjuku (Onjuku Town)

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 The Onjuku Lobster Festival will be held from Tuesday, September 1 to Saturday, October 31.  Participating lodging facilities and restaurants will offer their own unique dishes of ise-ebi, or Japanese spiny lobster, and on weekends and holidays from September 19 to Sunday, October 25, freshly-caught lobster will be sold at bargain prices in front of the Tsuki no Sabaku Monument starting at 9:30.

   At the events held on Sunday, September 13 and Sunday, October 4, a limited number of “Lobster Sets” containing 2 spiny lobsters and 2 horned turban shells (sazae) will be for sale. There will also be free shrimp soup, and visitors can buy fresh lobsters directly from the fisheries.

Main Events

  • Date: Sunday, September 13, Sunday, October 4
  • Place: in front of the Tsuki no Sabaku Monument
  • Events: Lobster Sets for sale (contains 2 lobsters and 2 horned turban shells), lobster-grab corner, free shrimp soup, spiny lobster direct sale, street performances

Other events

  1. Delicious lobster recipes for a great price! Participating lodging facilities and restaurants will offer unique spiny lobster dishes.
  2. Specialty goods corner featuring the flavors of autumn! Live spiny lobster caught fresh in Onjuku will be available for purchase at bargain prices on weekends and holidays from September 19 to Sunday, October 25 from 9:30-14:30 (cancelled in the event of rain).

・Date: Tuesday, September 1-Saturday, October 31 (Events on Sunday, September 13 and Sunday, October 4)

・Place: in front of the Tsuki no Sabaku Monument, 505-1 Rokkenmachi, Onjuku Town, Isumi District

・Access: 10 min on foot from Onjuku Station on the JR Sotobo Line

・Inquiries: Onjuku Town Tourism Association (0470-68-2414)

・URL: http://www.onjuku-kankou.com/ 

 6) Urayasu Festival 2015/Shin-Urayasu Station, Meikai University, Symbol Road (Urayasu City)

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  The Urayasu Festival 2015 is an event that encourages tourism and brings together citizens to the areas of Shin-Urayasu Station, Meikai University, and Symbol Road.

  The theme of the festival, which translates to “Ties to the Future: Be at Peace, Urayasu Bay” and plays on the kanji for Urayasu, which mean “bay” and “peace” respectively. The origin of the name Urayasu comes from this wish for calm seas.

   Last year’s festival brought together about 3,000 people to enjoy the festivities, including the grand parade. This year promises to be even more exciting with a series of parade performances on September 6 on Symbol Road: after the opening ceremony is the opening parade, which features musical performances by high school students. Following that is the dance parade with yosakoi and other dance performers. Last is the dashi float parade with magnificent floats and festival music.

  • Date: Saturday, September 5 (10:00-18:00) and Sunday, September 6 (10:00-20:30)

              *cancelled in the case of inclement weather

  • Place: Shin-Urayasu Station area, Meikai University, Symbol Road (September 6 only), Irifune and Akemi, Urayasu City
  • Access: free shuttle buses will run between the venues and to Urayasu Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line) and Shin-Urayasu Station (JR Keiyo Line).
  • Inquiries: Urayasu Tourism Promotion Council Office (in the Commerce, Industry and Tourism Division) (047-351-1111)
  • URL:http://www.city.urayasu.lg.jp/kanko/event/1010434.html

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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.           

 1) Forest Halloween Festa at Roman no Mori Republic (Kimitsu City)

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   The Roman no Mori Republic (Roman Forest Republic) in Kimitsu is getting ready for Halloween with Ron-chan the witch, forest character friends, and a ghost jumbo pumpkin! Children that come in cute or creative costumes will get free admittance and if they say “trick or treat” to the forest witches, they will get candy. These are some of the events for the whole family that run from late September through October.

Guess the Weight of the Great Pumpkin

 The Great Pumpkin displayed on the grounds weighs over 200 kilograms. Guess its weight to win Roman no Mori Republic merchandise.

Family Costume Photo Corner

 Turn your loved ones into a Halloween family and take a commemorative picture! You can even enter the picture into the Forest Halloween Costume Photo contest and win free lodging accommodation tickets.

Character Stage Show

 Children will love this dance and game show with Ron-chan and Lan-chan. The finale will decide the Halloween Dance King, who will ride away on a horse-drawpictureromannomorin pumpkin carriage… This show takes place on September 19-23, October 10-12, October 24-25, October 31, November 1, and November 3.

Halloween Performance

 Pierrot-san will come play with forest friends and have a Halloween party on September 19-23 and October 10-12.

Soccer Target Practice

 Try your hand at soccer target practice called “soccer-nine” and win a prize if you get bingo! It’s free to try, except on weekends and holidays after 15:30 it costs 300 yen.

  • Dates: Saturday, September 19 to Tuesday, November 3, 9:00-17:00
  • Place: Roman no Mori Republic, 659-1 Toyofusa, Kimitsu City
  • Entrance: 500 yen for guests 4 years old and above
  • Access: From Kisarazu Station West Exit (JR Uchibo Line), take the Kisarazu-Kamogawa Kyuko Bus and get off at “Roman no Mori Republic” (Roman no Mori Kyowakoku) (about 60 min)

                   From Awa-Kamogawa Station West Exit (JR Uchibo or Sotobo Lines), take the Kisarazu-Kamogawa Kyuko Bus and get off at “Roman no Mori Republic” (about 25 min)

 2) Autumn Events at Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)

   The Chiba Museum of Science and Industry in Ichikawa City shows the history of modern technology (especially Chiba’s key industries of electric power, petroleum, iron, and steel), explains how advanced technology has changed society, and considers the relationship between science and people.

   This autumn there are a variety of exciting events and hands-on experiences for the whole family, including making glow-in-the-dark slime and CHI-BA+KUN origami.

Ichikawa City Children’s Science Room

 On display are scientific creations made by elementary and junior high school students in Ichikawa City during summer vacation.

  • Date: September 5-6, 9:00-16:00
  • Place: Exhibition Room

Make Light-Up Slime

 The Children’s Science Classroom holds various classes and workshops for children to learn about science in a fun and easy-to-understand way. Here children can make slime that absorbs light and glows in the dark.

  • Date: Sunday, September 6 at 10:30, 13:15, 14:45
  • Capacity: 25 people per session (for junior high school students and younger; elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Sign-up: Sign-up 20 minutes in advance (same-day). If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
  • Fee: 150 yen (plus museum admission)

Ichikawa-Grown Festa

 This event will introduce locally-made products.

  • Date: Saturday, September 12, 9:00-16:30
  • Place: Science Square, Exhibition Room

Autumn Fair at the Science Museum 2015

1 Make a Flying Glider
Date: Sunday, September 13 at 13:15 and 14:45
Capacity: 25 people per session (junior high school students and younger)
Sign-up: 20min before the session. If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
Fee: 50 yen

2 Make a Crooked Car and Floating Dice
Date: Saturday, September 19 at 13:15 and 14:45
Capacity: 25 people per session (junior high school students and younger)
Sign-up: 20min before the session. If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
Fee: 50 yen

3 CHI-BA+KUN Origami
Date: Sunday, September 20, 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:00
Capacity: 50 people per session
Sign-up: same-day sign-up
Fee: free (plus museum admission)

4 Make a Flying Seed
Date: Monday, September 21, 10:00-12:00 and 13:30-15:00
Capacity: 50 people per session
Sign-up: same-day sign-up
Fee: free (plus museum admission)

5 Make a Mysterious Magic Mirror
Date: Wednesday, September 23 at 13:15 and 14:45
Capacity: 25 people per session (junior high school students and younger)
Sign-up: 20min before the session. If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
Fee: 150 yen 

Exploration Quiz Rally

  • Date: Saturday, September 19—Monday, September 21, 12:45-14:30
  • Capacity: about 50 people per day, first-come first-served (elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Fee: free (plus museum admission)

Ride in a Talip Electric Car

  • Date: Tuesday, September 22 at 11:05 and 13:50
  • Capacity: 20 groups of 3-4 people per session (elementary school 3rd graders and younger must be accompanied by a guardian)
  • Sign-up: 20min before the session. If capacity is reached, participants will be chosen by lottery 10 minutes before the session.
  • Fee: free (plus museum admission)

・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: 300 yen; 150 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 by car 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/ 

 

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