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Update:September 15, 2017

Chiba Nanohana News (September 2017)

 Index

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

 I. News

 1) 2017 Fall Safe Driving Campaign

In an effort to increase driving and pedestrian safety, the Committee for Safe Driving Promotion in Chiba has organized the “2017 Fall Safe Driving Campaign.” During the week of September 21st to the 30th, drivers and pedestrians around Chiba are encouraged to be especially precautious. Saturday, September 30th has been designated as “A Day without Vehicle Related Death” in the hopes that Chiba Prefecture can work together to achieve a day without a single fatal car accident.

At the Chiba Driving Safety Fair on September 27th (Wed) in Chiba City, there will be a performance by the Chiba Prefectural Police Wind Ensemble and a Reflective-tape Fashion Show. Then on September 30th in Kashiwa City, there will be a variety of experiences to try including a quick response timer and bicycle simulator.

 

2017 Fall Safe Driving Campaign
  •  Dates: 9/21 (Thurs) - 9/30 (Sat)
  • Driving Safety Fair
  • Date: 9/27 (Wed)
  • Time: From 13:00
  • Place: Keio Bank Bunka Plaza 3rd Floor Music Hall
  • Address: 1-3-2 Fujimi, Chuo-ku, Chiba City 260-0015

“A Day without Vehicle Related Death”

  • Date: 9/30 (Sat)
  • Time: 10:00-15:45
  • Place: Sawayaka Chiba Kenmin Plaza
  • Address: 4-3-1 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa City 277-0882

 

Inquires: The Community Safety Promotion Division TEL:043-223-2263

URL: https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/seikouan/press/2017/h29akikoutsuundo.html

 

 2) Autumn Tourism Campaign: “Gyutto” Charming Chiba

The Chiba Prefecture fall tourism campaign, “Gyutto” Charming Chiba, will be held from Friday, September 1 through Thursday, November 30.  Autumn brings colorful scenery, seasonal foods, and traditional festivals to Chiba. Chiba Prefecture is promoting tourism this autumn through various campaign events so that everyone can enjoy the best this season has to offer. For more information on events as they become available, please visit the Chiba Prefectural Website: https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/promo/press/2017/20170817.html

“Thank You Chiba Rider’s Pass” is also available for purchase and use during this period. The Rider’s Pass includes rides from Tokyo to participating areas and allows passengers to use local trains and buses freely and may be used in combination with ticket booklets and limited express lines.

Information:

“Thank You Chiba Free Pass”

  • Price:    Adults 3,900 JPY,
  • Children 1,950 JPY

“Thank You Chiba Rider’s Pass”

  • Price:    Adults 4,700 JPY,
  • Children 2,350 JPY
  • On Sale: Until 11/29 (Thurs) *Tickets may be purchased and used on the same day
  • Period of Use: 2017/9/1 (Fri) – 11/30 (Thurs)
  • Valid Use: Tickets are valid for a consecutive two days only within the Period of Use.

Retail Locations:

“Thank You Chiba Free Pass”

              JR Stations (Travel Counter) Between: Ichikawa - Hon Chiba, Maihama - Soga, Funabashi Hoten – Minami Nagareyama, Matsudo – Tennodai, Narita, Narita Airport Terminal 2, Narita Airport Reserved Seating Ticket Machine/ Byuu Plaza/ Green Service Window

“Thank You Chiba Rider’s Pass”

             All major stations’ Reserved Seating Ticket Machine, Green Service Window, Byuu Plaza

              *Some locations in Chiba may not offer this pass

For more information on routes and valid areas of use, please visit <http://maruchiba.jp/miryoku/marugoto/39freepass.html>, or call the Chiba Prefecture Tourism Promotion Division at TEL(043)223-2412.

 

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II. Festivals and Events

 1) Yawatanmachi (Awa Kokushisai) Festival (Tateyama City)

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The Tsurugaya Hachimangu Shrine’s autumn festival, called “Yawatanmachi,” is the largest festival in the Awa Region. Boasting of a tradition dating back 1,000 years ago, each year the festivities are enjoyed by over 100,000 guests.

This festival was named “Awa Kokushisai,” because the shrine was originally the main shrine for the Awa Province (Awa no Kuni) and the kokushi, or provincial governor, used to hold the festival himself. The festival now serves as a gathering for the whole city and has been chosen as a Chiba Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Asset.

This year, the festival will be held on Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th. On the 16th, ten mikoshi will be carried out of their respective shrines and be paraded all around the city until the evening when they are carried to the karimiya, or place of pilgrimage. On the 17th, after the four dashi floats and one ofune float have returned to their shrines, the festival will culminate with the celebratory Hachimangu ritual, called ohamade, and the ten mikoshi floats will then make their way back as well.

  • Date: Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, September 17
  • Place: Tsurugaya Hachimangu
  • 68 Yawata, Tateyama City
  • Access: 15 minutes by foot from Tateyama Station East Exit (JR Uchibo Line)
  • URL: Tateyama Homepage http://www.city.tateyama.chiba.jp/en/page100037.html

 2) Ohara Hadaka Festival (Isumi City)

Hadaka Fest

The Ohara Hadaka (naked) Festival is one of the most famous festivals in the prefecture. On Saturday, September 23, after the 18 mikoshi (portable shrines) have prayed for good harvests and catches, the festivities will move onto the shiofumi ritual. The shiofumi ritual is one of the Ohara Hadaka Festival’s main attractions. Hoisting the mikoshi onto their shoulders, the mikoshi bearers charge the beach and plunge 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 inspiring ritual dates back to the Edo Period.


After their dip in the ocean, the mikoshi return to the Ohara central shopping area, where they sing and parade all the way down to Ohara Elementary School, where the final attraction of day, the parting ritual, takes place. At the parting ritual, the mikoshi teams dash around the school grounds exhibiting great feats of strength, as if to challenge the other teams.
As the day’s festivities come to a close, mikoshi teams join together in groups of two or three to sing parting songs as the sun sets and the town glows with the gentle light of the streetlamps. In chorus they repeat the lyrics, “you young ones/ parting is hard/it would be better if we did not have to part,” which stir up a feelings of melancholy among the onlookers. As if to refuse parting for the evening, the mikoshi continue to parade throughout the shopping arcade deep into the night, even after the parting ritual has come to an end.

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

  • Date: Saturday, September 23 – Sunday, 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
  • Inquiries: Ohara Hadaka Festival Planning Committee, Isumi City Commerce & Tourism Division (0470-62-1243)
  • URL: Isumi City: http://www.city.isumi.lg.jp (Japanese)
  • Isumi City Tourism Association: http://www.isumi-kankou.com/ (Japanese)

 3) Bayside Jazz 2017 Chiba (Chiba City)

jazz

Beginning in the late nineties, this annual event first began in order to bring the town together with jazz music. The “Bayside Jazz Chiba” jazz festival has become a Chiba City tradition ever since, and will now be celebrating 20 years of music.

The main event, Jazz Street, will be on Saturday, September 30th at 25 different venues (17 paid admission, 8 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, check out performances by both amateur and professional groups.

Starting with the 20th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, September 23rd, there will be a variety of performances throughout the week. For a full list of performances and locations, please visit http://www.f-cp.jp/bsj/.

 

20th Anniversary Concert

  • Dates: Sunday, September 23, Doors Open 16:30, Concert Begins 17:00
  • Admission: 6,000 JPY in advance, 6,500 JYP at the door
  • Place: Chiba City Civic Center Main Hall

Jazz Street

  • Date: Saturday, September 30
  • Time: 11:00-21:00
  • Place: Chiba City Cultural Center 3rd floor Art Hall and other venues (Free admission venues located at Lexus Chiba Chuo and 7 other venues)
    Admission for paid venues: 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 (043-221-2411)

URL: http://www.f-cp.jp/bsj/ (Japanese)

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

lobster

The Onjuku Lobster Festival will be held from Friday, September 1st to Tuesday, October 31st. 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 16th to Sunday, October 29th, freshly-caught lobster will be sold at bargain prices in front of the Tsuki no Sabaku Monument starting at 9:30 (ending at 13:30 or until supplies last).

At the events held on Sunday, September 10 and Sunday, October 1, 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 lobster soup, and visitors can buy fresh lobsters directly from fisheries.

  • Date: Friday, September 1st to Tuesday, October 31st
  • Special Event Dates: Sunday, September 10 and Sunday, October 1
  • Place: in front of the Tsuki no Sabaku Monument
  • Special Events:
    Lobster Sets for sale 3000 JPY (contains 2 lobsters and 2 horned turban shells), lobster-grab corner, free shrimp soup, spiny lobster direct sale 1000 JPY
  • Location: 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/
        

 5) Kazusa Junisha Festival/Tamasaki Shrine & Tsurigasaki Beach (Ichinomiya Town)

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This festival is the oldest seaside festival in all of Chiba. It traces back to 807, and boasts over 1,200 years of history. The origin of the festival begins with the meeting of two gods. A long, long time ago, the god of the mountains, Ugaya Fukiaezu-no-Mikoto, fell in love at first sight with the goddess of the sea, Tamayorihime-no-Mikoto, and the two of them were joined in marriage. Jimmu Tenno and the other gods who were born from this union traveled down a well said to be connected all the way to the sea, and followed the waterway until they were washed up along the shores of Kujukuri. The young, energetic gods then frolic and run amok on the beach, until Tamayorihime and other gods in the family come to the shores of Kujukuri to pick the children up.


In accordance with this legend, each year on September 10, Ugaya Fukiaezu-no-Mikoto rides on the Uba Shrine mikoshi to fulfill his promise and meet with Tamayorihime-no-Mikoto at Tamasaki Shrine. Then, the ritual of washing the newly born gods down the well at Uba Shrine is held. Finally, on September 13, the gods gather on the shores of Tsurigasaki, just as it is described in the legend. The climactic scene of over 2,500 young people hurtling down the beach, bearing the mikoshi of shrines that carry the gods of Tamayorihime-no-Mikoto’s family before the great sea is truly spectacular.
This festival is a designated Chiba Prefecture Intangible Cultural Asset.

  • Date: Sunday, September 10; Tuesday, September 12 – Wednesday, September 13
  • Place: Tamasaki Shrine and Tsurigasaki Beach
    3048 Ichinomiya, Ichinomiya Town, Chosei-gun
  • Access: 7 minutes by foot from Kazusa Ichinomiya Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: TEL (0475) 42-2711 (Junisha Festival Preservation Committee, Tamasaki Shrine)
  • URL: http://www.tamasaki.org/ (Japanese)
     

 6) Katsuura Tairyo Festival/Katsuura Fishing Port area (Katsuura City)

tairyo

The Katsuura Tairyo (“great catch of fish”) Festival is a 4 day autumn event held from Friday, September 15 to Monday, September 18. Highlights include issei-katsugi (a performance in which a number of the mikoshi are carried together all at once), a procession of yatai and dashi floats which date back to the latter Edo Period, and the funa-watashi (a ritual in which the mikoshi are carried directly onto fishing boats). Observers can enjoy the liveliness of a fishing town here at this Katsuura festival.


On Friday, September 15, a ritual welcoming the gods into the mikoshi will be held. Afterwards, the mikoshi and dashi floats will parade the town in an event called the “mura-mawari.”
On Saturday, September 16, the joint festival celebrations of the city will be held in and around the Katsuura Fishing Port. 19 mikoshi from all over the city will be carried in unison in a spectacular performance called the “issei-katsugi.” Onlookers can enjoy the festivities with this gallant and powerful sight.


On Sunday, September 17, the yatai of 4 neighborhoods will parade throughout the town. At each intersection, the 4 yatai will be turned to face each other, battling it out with their hayashi (festival music) melodies. These yatai are decorated with a number of works by the famous Edo wood carvers, Shunpyo and Shunsho Shimamura.

Finally, on Monday, September 18, the “funa-watashi” event will be held at the Katsuura Fishing Port. After the mikoshi from Tomisaki Shrine has been carried all around town, 8 fishing boats will gather at the pier, and the mikoshi will be carried across from boat to boat.

  • Date: Friday, September 15 – Monday, September 18
  • Place: Katsuura Fishing Port and surrounding areas, Katsuura City
  • Access: Get off at Katsuura Station (JR Sotobo Line)
  • Inquiries: TEL (0470)73-6641 (Katsuura City Commerce & Tourism Division)
  • URL: http://www.city.katsuura.chiba.jp/


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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc.

 43rd Otaki Castle Festival/Otaki Elementary School, etc. (Otaki Town)

Otaki

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 30th, 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 Owara Setsu” dance and the local “Otaki Castle Anthem” will be performed.

The main event is October 1st, when troupes of armored samurai of Honda Tadakatsu, court princesses, riflemen, and people dress in traditional Mexican clothing on horseback parade through the streets. At the main grounds (Otaki Elementary School), there will be a 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 30 (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, October 1 (cancelled in event of rain)
  • Time: 10:00-16:00 (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)

 Make a Magic Mirror at the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry (Ichikawa City)

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At the Chiba Museum of Science and Industry on September 3rd, elementary and middle school students can learn about reflection with mirrors and apply that knowledge to make their very own Magic Mirror.

  • Date: 9/3 (Sun)
  • Time: 1) 10:10 2) 12:40
  • Class Fee: 200 JPY
    *Children under age 3 require adult supervision
  • 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 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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