Events Calendar December 2019 令和元年12月のイベント・カレンダー
December 2019 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 2019 第7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.
Official website (Japanese only): http://matsu-on.net/
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 December 14th, 2019
Time: 1pm - 7pm (will proceed in the case of drizzle)
Location: Higashi Matsudo 1-17-1 (8min walk from Higashi Matsudo Stn.)
- Illuminations: 4:30pm~7pm (on display from 14th - 24th Dec.)
- Santa's visit
- Christmas music performances
- Christmas raffle
- Flower sales
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 2020. 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. 企画展「1867年万博使節団の明治～サムライたちの選択」 Special Exhibition - [The 1867 World Fair Delegation: The Samurais’ Choice]
During the Meiji Restoration, the executive power of the Japanese government moved from the hands of the Edo Shogunate to the possession of a new Meiji government. In 1867, Tokugawa Akitate traveled to Europe with a special delegation from the Japanese government, but how did they cope with representing a new Japanese government, without the backing of the Shogunate, in the Meiji period?
The exhibit will showcase priceless historical artifacts to help you learn about the personal lives of these delegation members, from Tokugawa Akitate’s pupil, Nobutsura Yamataka, to right-hand man, Eiichi Shibusawa, among others, and unravel the Meiji period through a new lens.
Exhibit Period： Saturday October 12th - Sunday December 22nd, 2019
Time: 9:30 - 17:00 (The museum opens until 16:30)
Location： Tojo Museum of History
Admission Fee： Yes
2. Planetarium screenings @ Naoko Space Planetarium プラネタリウム室のスケジュール
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 runs seasonal screenings. The autumn schedule is as follows --
Dates: Saturday November 2nd, 2019 - Sunday December 22nd, 2019
Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
December 2019 Programs:
"The Hidden Planet of the Night - Venus" (40min), 10:30* and 15:30
"Story of Pisces" (20min, for children), 13:30 and 14:30
※The 10:30 screening has Japanese subtitles for the hearing impaired.
Entry fee: 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)
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, February 15h, 2020
Deadline: Thursday, January 9th 2020
Any enquiries should be directed to MIEA, on 047-366-7310 (phone inquiries can be taken in Japanese, English, Chinese).
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 December 15th, 2019
Time: 13:00 - 15:30 (Doors open at 12:30)
Venue: Reception Hall, 4F, Mori-no-Hall 21
Address: Matsudo-shi, Sendabori 646-4
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 December 26th, 2019
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.