Events Calendar February 2018 平成30年2月のイベント・カレンダー
February 2018 Events Summary
Festival Events 祭り等
1. 'Setsubun' Festival celebrations in Matsudo 松戸市内で節分をお祝いしましょう
'Setsubun' is associated with the Lunar New Year, and refers to the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. It was previously thought of as a New Year's Eve of sorts, and was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away bad spirits from the year past and to drive away any evil spirits for the year to come.
The practice of throwing beans is most widely recognised. For more information click here.
Bean throwing at Matsudo Shrine
Setsubun is celebrated on the 3rd of February (Sat). There are several shrines and temples within Matsudo City that hold setsubun celebrations. The most popular locations are as follows -
- Matsudo Shrine (Matsudo 1457, 5 min walk from Isetan Department Store)
Ceremonies held at 3pm and 6pm
Visit the official website here (Japanese only)
- Hondo-ji Temple (Hiraga 63, 10min walk from Kita Kogane Station)
Times TBA (generally held around 3pm). Visit the official website here (Japanese only)
- Tokuzou-in (Higurashi 5-270, nearby Yabashira Station)
Times TBA (generally held around 4pm).
- Houzou-in (Kamiyakiri 1197)
Times TBA (generally held around 4pm).
1. 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 winter schedule is as follows -
Dates: 6th of January - 25th of February, 2018
Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
"This evening's starry sky and the story of the Orion constellation" (40min), 10:30* and 15:30
"The story of Orion and Artemis" (20min, for children), 13:30
"The story of the Eradinus constellation" (20min, for children), 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)
2. "Exploring the olden days", hands-on exhibition @ Matsudo Municipal Museum 学習資料展「昔のくらし探検」@松戸市立博物館
Learn about the 'olden days' during this fun and interactive exhibition. It promises a new experience for the kids, and a nostalgic journey for the older generations.
Let's step back in time to the Matsudo of the 1940s!
What were household kitchens like before electricity, running water or gas?
How did they cook?
And what is a water well? ...Or a furnace? How about a household mosquito net?!
Come and experience all these things, and more. There will also be a fun quiz and a stamp rally.
Dates: Sat. January 13th - Sun. March 25th, 2018
Hours: 9:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed: Every Monday (the following day in the case of a public holiday), Fri. 23rd February, Fri. 23rd March
Location: Exhibition hall, Matsudo Municipal Museum. Sendabori 671 (alongside the Forest & Park for the 21st Century)
Admission fee: Nil.
1. MIEA Japanese Speech Contest for foreign residents (公財）松戸市国際交流協会の日本語スピーチ・コンテスト
It's MIEA Japanese Speech Contest time again! Applications to compete have now closed, but the event is open to the public and spectators are warmly welcomed. Come along and listen to some of Matsudo's brightest foreign residents talk about a topic of their choosing.
Date: Saturday February 17th, 2018
Time: From 1pm
Location: Matsudo Citizen's Theatre ('Shimin Gekijo'), Honcho 11-6 (3 minute walk from Matsudo Station West Exit)
Any enquiries should be directed to the Matsudo International Exchange Association (MIEA), on 047-366-7310.
2. 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 22nd of February, 2018
Time: 10:30 onwards (bring a packed lunch to eat afterwards if you like)
Location: 'Hot Room Shin Matsudo', Shin Matsudo 3-1-4
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