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Update:September 14, 2018

Chiba Nanohana News (September 2018)

 Index

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

  

 I.News

 1) Accepting City Volunteer Applications from September 12th!

City volunteers at work 

In preparation for the 2020 Olympic/Paralympic games, we are looking for volunteers to help us provide warm “omotenashi” for the large number of visitors from both within and outside of the country who will be visiting for the Games.

[Application Period] Wednesday, September 12 – Monday, December 10 2018

[Amount of volunteers needed]

  • Chiba Location 1,700 people
  • Ichinomiya Location 150 people
  • Narita City Location 300 people
  • Narita Airport 700 people
  • Urayasu City 150 people

[Main Responsibilities] Transportation and tourism support near event locations, train stations, airports etc.

[Application Requirements]

  • Must have been born on or before April 1, 2002
  • Must be either a Japanese national or reside in Japan
  • Must have at least basic conversational Japanese language ability

[How to apply] Please apply through the website or send in application form by mail.

※The application form can be downloaded from the website.

※For those wishing to send their applications in paper format、please send a self-addressed envelope with “City Volunteer Mail Application Request” written on it, as well as a 120 yen stamp to [〒260-8667 Cultural Promotion and Citizen’s Life Affairs Division], and the Prefecture will send you an application form.

For detailed information, please visit the city volunteer application website at: http://wwwp.pref.chiba.lg.jp/volunteer2020/

For questions or concerns, please contact the City Volunteer Application Office (Chiba Prefecture Environmental Community Affairs Department Cultural Promotion and Citizen’s Life Affairs Division)

Phone: 043-223-4164 *Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Weekdays)

2) Para Sports Festa Chiba 2018

 Para Sports Fest Chiba 2018

 Chiba Prefecture, one of the host locations of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, will hold the “Para Sports Festa Chiba 2018” this September. The event will give guests the opportunity to experience Paralympic sports.

Focusing on the four games that will be held in Chiba, participants can take part in seven different activities and watch impactful performances by athletes.

Matching the theme of “Red vs. White Intrasquad Para Sports Games,” this event will have many activities with Red vs. White team competitions, including individual matches and cheering battles.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – The 4 events which will be held in Makuhari-Messe, Chiba Prefecture:

Goalball/Sitting Volleyball/Para-Taekwondo/Wheelchair Fencing

  • Date: Saturday, September 8, 9:00-17:00
  • Location: Chiba Port Arena (Chuo Ward, Chiba City)
  • Access: 8min walk from Shiyakushomae Station on the Chiba Urban Monorail, 16min walk from Chiba Station on the JR Sobu Line, 15min walk from Chibaminato Station on the JR Keiyo Line, 12min walk from Chibachuo Station on the Keisei Line
  • Entry Fee/Admission Fee: Free
  • Inquiries: Training Camp and Athletics Support Division, Chiba Prefecture
    TEL: 043-223-2442
  • URL:https://www.pref.chiba.lg.jp/oripara/pre-camps/hukyu/20180810parafesuhodo.html

 3) Thank You Chiba Unlimited Use Transportation Passes Now On Sale

In collaboration with Chiba Prefecture and JR East Japan, two types of unlimited use transportation passes are now on sale.

Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy autumn in Chiba at a bargain.

  Thank You Chiba Campaign Poster

Information:

  • "Thank You Chiba Pass" (can be used in the designated free areas in Chiba Prefecture)

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

  • “Thank You Chiba Round Trip Pass” (including round trip from Tokyo's 23 wards to the designated free areas in Chiba Prefecture) 

           Price: Adults 4,700 JPY, 
                    Children 2,350 JPY

  • On Sale: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – Thursday, November 29, 2018  *Tickets may be purchased and used on the same day
  • Period of Use: Saturday, September 1, 2018 – Friday, November 30, 2018
  • Valid Use: Tickets are valid for a consecutive two days only within the Period of Use.
  • Retail Locations:

             "Thank You Chiba 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/Green Service Window/ Byuu Plaza

             “Thank You Chiba Round Trip Pass”

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

            *Some locations in Chiba may not offer this pass

 II. Festivals and Events

 1) Ohara Hadaka Festival (Isumi City)

  The festival at its peak excitement

The Ohara Hadaka (naked) Festival is a traditional autumn festival that dates back to the Edo Period.

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.

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: Sunday, September 23 – Monday, September 24
  • Location: 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: Isumi City Olympics and Tourism Division (0470-62-1243)

 2) Horseback Archery at Kippo Hachiman Shrine (Kamogawa City)

The rider taking aim

The targets

 

Shooting an arrow from atop a sprinting horse, this religious festival, recognized as a Chiba Prefectural Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, foretells the the fate of the following year's rice harvest.

There are many theories regarding the origin of this event, one claims that this event was started by Satomi, the leader of the Awa nation, with the aim of spreading knowledge of martial arts to his subjects, and the other states that this is a tradition dating back to the Kamakura period. The targets represent the different stages of rice harvesting: early harvest, normal harvest, and late harvest. The archer, called "negi", shoots 9 arrows at 3 targets placed on a 1 meter squared bored which is attached to a 5 meter long bamboo shute, and it is said that the fate of the next year's rice harvest is decided based on the targets he hits. Don't miss out on this unique, once-a-year experience!

  • Date: Sunday, September 30, 15:00~ *The last Sunday of September every year
  • Location: Kippo Hachiman Shrine, 253 Naka, Kamogawa City
  • Access: Kamogawa Nitto Bus from JR Sotobo Line Awa Kamogawa Station, getting off at the "Kippo"
  • Inquiries: Kamogawa City Folk Museum (04-7093-3800)
  • URL: http://www.kamonavi.jp/ja/shisetsu/SPNG0004.html

 3) Hoku Hoku Samba (Abiko City)

Samba dancers

Samba dancers parading

 

An authentic samba festival that the whole family can enjoy will be held in Abiko. Food and drink stands and balloon presents for kids among other attractions await!

The samba parade will have 120~130 dancers who will perform twice. The first parade will depart at 14:00 from the Kohokudai Danchi Chuo. Afterwards, the second parade will depart at 15:30 from the north side of the Health Center and will parade through the south side of Kohokudai. The parade is expected to end at around 16:30. Come enjoy samba's rhythms and the dancer's graceful steps!

  • Date: Sunday, September 23, 9:30~17:00 (Canceled in the event of bad weather)
  • Location: JR Narita Line Kohoku Station near the South Exit
  • Access: JR Narita Line Kohoku Station near the South Exit
  • Inquiries: Hoku Hoku Samba Planning Committee (090-2546-7052)

4) Bay Side Jazz (Chiba City)

  Spectators enjoying an outdoor jazz performance

 Spectators enjoying a jazz performance inside of a concert hall

This September, a variety of jazz related events will be held in Chiba City, including a “Jazz Cruise” and a “Jazz Street”.

The Jazz Street will be held in the areas surrounding JR Chiba Station and Chiba Minato Station at a total of 16 paid locations and 6 free locations. In addition to inside of a concert halls, you will also be able to hear performances at bars and restaurants from Japan’s top jazz musicians.

At the free locations, many amateur jazz musicians and student bands will be performing. This is a great chance to experience good music with the local community.

Jazz Cruise  

  • Date: Saturday, September 1
             1st departure: (geared towards family audiences) Boarding: 13:30 Departure: 14:00
             2nd departure: (for all audiences) Boarding: 16:30 Departure: 17:00
  • Location: Chiba Minato Ship Terminal Boarding Area Bayside Jazz Chiba Special Cruise
  • Price: 1st departure: General/4,000 Yen, Middle school student or younger/500 yen
             2nd departure: General/5,000 Yen (1 drink included)

Demonstration

3rd act

  • Date: Tuesday, September 4 14:30 – 15:30
  • Location: NHK Chiba Broadcasting Center 1st Floor Lobby
  • Price: Free

4th Act 

  • Date: Sunday, September 16 11:30-12:30
  • Location: The square located in front of the main entrance to Sogo Chiba
  • Price: Free  

5th Act

  • Date: Tuesday, September 18 12:10 – 12:50
  • Location: Makuhari Techno Garden 2nd floor Atrium
  • Price: Free  

Pre-Jazz Street Celebration 

  • Date: Friday, September 28 Open: 18:00 Performance Start: 18:30
  • Location: Chiba City Cultural Center 3F Art Hall
  • Price: Pre-order: 6,000 yen/Door: 6,500 yen  

Jazz Street 

  • Date: Saturday, September 29 11:00 – 21:00
  • Location: 16 paid locations and 6 free locations. For more information, please visit the website.
  • Price: General Admission Pre-Order: 4.000 yen, Pair Pre-Order: 7,000 yen
    At-the-door General Admission: 5,000 yen, At-the-door elementary-high school students: 500 yen 
  •  inquiries: Chiba City Cultural Promotion Foundation (043-221-2411)
  • URL: http://www.f-cp.jp/bsj/( External link )

 5) 2018 Chiba Sake Festa (Tokyo)

Guests enjoying Chiba Sake

A wide variety of sake on display

The Chiba Sake Festa will be held for the second time in Tokyo. Featuring over 150 brands of sake from Chiba’s breweries, you will be able to experience Chiba’s sake culture while tasting a wide variety of brews.

The Festival will be held in conjunction with the Shizuoka Sake Festival at the same venue. A limited amount of double-access tickets are being sold. Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity!

  • Date: Sunday, September 9
  • Time: 16:30 – 18:30
  • Location: Tokyo Kotsu Kaikan 12F Katolea Salon/Tokyo-to Chiyoda-ku Yurakucho 2-10-1
  • Access: JR Yurakucho Station (1 minute walk from the Kyobashi/Chuo exit in the Ginza direction)
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefecture Sake Brewery Union (043-222-0686)
  • URL: http://chiba-sake.jp( External link )

 6) Narita Traditional Performing Arts Festival (Narita City)

Spectators enjoying a traditional style performance

Prefecture mascots from around Japan posing

Performers from all over Japan will assemble in Narita City, where spectators will be able to experience a wide variety of traditional performances such as “shishimai”, or lion dance.

Mascots from prefectures all over Japan will also be assembled. There is no better time to experience the beauty of traditional performing arts up close.

  • Date: Saturday, September 15-Sunday, September 16
  • Location: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple Soumonmae Square and Omotesando (1 Narita, Narita City)
    Bunkageijutsu Center Sky Town Hall 3rd - 5th Floor (828-11 Hanasakicho, Narita City)
  • Access: Naritasan Shinshoji Temple: 15 minute walk from Narita Station (JR Narita Line), Keisei Narita Station (Keisei Line)
    Bunkageijutsu Center: 1 minute walk from Narita Station (JR Narita Line), 2 minute walk from Keisei Narita Station (Keisei Line)
  • Inquiries: Narita City Tourism Promotion Division (0476-20-1540)
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 III. Exhibitions, Concerts, etc. 

 1) Chiba Symphony Orchestra 104th Regular Concert "An Invitation to the Romantic Period" (Chiba City)

View of the orchestra

For the 104th regular concert, three famous pieces which represent the romantic period will be played.

Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" will be performed with the critically acclaimed soprano singer Emi Ishibashi, provoking an image of the spirit of nature in story form within the listener.

During the second half of the performance, the Schumann piece invokes feelings of wanting to defeat an illness.

Sit back, relax, and let yourself be taken away by the sounds of the Chiba Symphony Orchestra and their conductor Kazufumi Yamashita.

  • Date: Saturday, September 29 
  • Performance Start: 2 p.m. Hall Opening: 1:15 p.m.  
  • Location: Chiba Prefectural Culture Center Large Hall  
  • Entrance fee: (All seats by reservation) S seat: 4,000 yen/A seat: 3,000 yen/B seat: 2,000 yen

※University students and under, 65 years of age or older 500 yen off all ticket types、Chiba Symphony Orchestra members/supporting members 10% off all ticket types

※Infants are not permitted inside the venue

※Based on the circumstances, performers or piece order may change.

  • □Performers:
    • Conductor:Kazufumi Yamashita
    • Soprano:Emi Ishibashi
  • □Piece Order:
    • Liszt/Symphonic Poem「Les préludes」
    • R. Strauss/4 Last Songs
    • Schumann/Symphony no.2 in C Major op.61
  • □Contact: Chiba Symphony Orchestra Office Phone:043-222-4231
  • □For more information, please visit http://chibakyo.jp/concert/index.html

2) Japan Red Cross Chiba Volunteers Foundation 70th Anniversary Art Exhibition (Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art, Chiba City) 

A piece from the Red Cross' art collection 

   The Chiba Prefectural Art Museum will hold a special exhibit featuring works from the Japan Red Cross’ art collection. The works’ themes deal with the Red Cross’ thoughts on humanity. This is a great opportunity to learn about the history of Chiba’s relation to the Japanese Red Cross while appreciating quality artwork.

  • Date: Ongoing – Monday, September 24 (closed on Mondays or the next day if the Monday is a holiday.) 9:00 – 16:30
  • Location: Chiba Prefectural Art Museum Exhibition Rooms 1-2, 8
  • Price: General Admission: 300 yen, High school/University students: 150 yen, Junior high school or younger/65 or older: free
  • Access: 10 minute walk from Chiba Minato Station on the JR Keiyo Line/Chiba Urban Monorail
  • Inquiries: Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art (043-242-8311)
  • URL: http://www2.chiba-muse.or.jp/ART/

 

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