Events Calendar December 2017 平成29年12月のイベント・カレンダー
December 2017 Events Summary
Festival Events 祭り等
1. Autumn leaves viewing in Matsudo 松戸市内の紅葉スポット
Matsudo City is the perfect place to enjoy Japan's richly colored autumn leaves. The most popular locations are -
- Hondo-ji Temple※ (via Kita-Kogane Stn)
- Tozen-ji Temple (via Kita-Kogane Stn)
- Tojo Historical Park (surrounding Tojo-tei House, via Matsudo Stn)
Peak season is from mid-November until early December. Don't forget your camera!
※Entrance to the Hondo-ji Temple grounds in November costs 500 yen (elementary school-aged children and below are free). Other locations are free of charge for all visitors.
2. Matsudo Christmas Music Festa 2017 第6回 松戸クリスマス音楽祭
Why not celebrate this Christmas season with some music? There are over 60 mini concerts on the program, scheduled to take place all across central Matsudo (even at local temples!). Some events are free, while others require pre-purchased tickets. Pick up the bright red Music Festa pamphlet from train stations across Matsudo, or download it at the following link -
3. Yui-no-Hana Park Christmas Event (Higashi Matsudo) 東松戸ゆいの花公園、クリスマス会
Back by popular demand, the annual Yui-no-Hana Park Christmas Event is set to be a festive celebration for all the family. There will be live stage and orchestral performances, illuminations, flowers for sale, and more. Santa is set to also make a special appearance, with gifts for the kids!
Date: Saturday 16th of December, 2017
Time: 1pm - 7pm (will proceed in the case of rain)
Location: Higashi Matsudo 1-17-1 (8min walk from Higashi Matsudo Stn.)
- Illuminations: 4:30pm~7pm (on display from 16th - 24th Dec.)
- Santa's visit: 1pm - 5pm
- Christmas music performances: 2pm - 5:20pm
- Christmas raffle: 5:30pm onwards
- Flower sales: 1pm - 5pm
4. New Years celebrations at Matsudo's local temples and shrines 松戸市内での初詣
New Year is a great time to visit the many local temples and shrines in Matsudo City. They will be filled with visitors on New Years Eve and throughout early January, as everyone farewells the year that has passed and makes their first prayers of 2017. Some good options include -
- Matsudo Shrine (downtown, 5 min walk from Matsudo Stn west exit)
- Hondo-ji Temple (via Kita-Kogane Stn.)
- Tozen-ji Temple (via Kita-Kogane Stn.)
- Manman-ji Temple (Address: Mabashi 2547)
1. Special Christmas screenings @ Naoko Space Planetarium プラネタリウム室のクリスマス特別投影
The Matsudo Shimin Kaikan (Citizens' Centre) is home to the 'Naoko Space Planetarium', aptly named after former astronaut and Matsudo local Naoko Yamazaki. The planetarium is holding special screenings in mid-December about the Christmas night sky, as follows -
Dates: Sat. 16th, Sun. 17th, Sat. 23rd, Sun. 24th of December 2017
"The Christmas Tree Star" (30min), 10:30 and 15:30
"Kids & Juniors Christmas - The Story of Santa" (20min, for children), 13:30 and 14:30
Entry: Granted in order of arrival, 80 seats per screening
Tickets: 50yen for adults, free for children (junior school and below) and pensioners (65 years and over). Entry tickets are required and can be picked up/purchased on the 2nd floor up to 30min prior to each screening.
Location: Matsudo Shimin Kaikan. 4th floor, Matsudo 1389-1 (5-10min walk from Matsudo Station east exit)
2. PROJECT 1867: Celebrating 150 years of the Paris Expo, PART 3: 'Akitake Tokugawa's Japan-France Exchange' 1867年パリ万博150周年記念展－第3期 「徳川昭武の日仏交流」
The House of Tokugawa ruled Japan over a period of 264 years until 1867 (the Edo Period). The “shogun” was at the top of this ruling structure. The younger brother of the last shogun was Akitake Tokugawa. He was expected to be the successor to his older brother, and was sent to the 1867 Paris Exposition as a representative of the shogun where he carried out court diplomacy with the kings and emperors of other countries. However, a change in government occurred while he was in Paris, and by the time he returned to Japan, the era of the House of Tokugawa was already over.
In celebration of 150 years since Prince Tokugawa's participation in the Paris Exposition, Tojo Museum has organised a 3-part exhibition. The third part will be on display from October through December, and highlights Akitake Tokugawa's exchanges between Japan and France.
Dates: Saturday 7th October - Sunday 24th of December, 2017 (open daily, excl. Mondays)
Hours: 9:30 - 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
Venue: Tojo Museum, Matsudo 714-1 (ten min. walk from Matsudo Station East Exit)
Fee: General 240 yen, High school/University students 150 yen (includes entry to Tojo-tei House)
1. MIEA Japanese Speech Contest for foreign residents, registration now open! (公財）MIEAの日本語スピーチ・コンテスト、外国人の出場者募集中
It's MIEA speech contest time again! If you're a foreign national and you live, work or study in Matsudo, then this is your chance to put your Japanese skills to the test. All details are in the below poster.
Contest: Saturday 17th of February, 2018
Deadline: Wednesday 10th January, 2018
Any enquiries should be directed to MIEA, on 047-366-7310 (phone enquiries can be taken in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean).
2. MIEA International Cultural Exchange Party （公財）松戸国際交流協会の国際交流パーティー
The end of the year is almost here! And what better way to celebrate than by attending MIEA's annual International Cultural Exchange Party.
The party attracts several hundred attendees every year, and is always a great mix of Japanese and foreign residents of all ages. Tickets need to be purchased in advance from the Matsudo International Exchange Association.
Date: Sunday 18th of December, 2016
Time: 13:00 - 15:30 (Doors open at 12:30)
Venue: Reception Hall, 4th floor, Mori-no Hall 21 （646-4 Sendabori, next to the Forest & Park for the 21st Century)
Tickets: The tickets sold out.
3. Gathering of foreign parents and babies @ 'Hot Room Shin Matsudo' (public playspace) 海外から来たママとパパの広場 ＠ ほっとるーむ新松戸
On the 4th Thursday of every month the 'Hot Room Shin Matsudo' playspace holds a casual gathering for foreign parents and their babies. The session is also popular amongst parents with foreign spouses, parents who have lived overseas in the past, and those who have an interest in foreign cultures. It is completely free and open to anyone with a young child (generally up to the age of 3).
Date: Thursday 28th of December, 2017
Time: 10:30 onwards (bring a packed lunch to eat afterwards if you like)
Location: 'Hot Room Shin Matsudo', Shin Matsudo 3-1-4
For more information, visit the 'Children & Family' page.
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