Events Calendar January 2018 平成30年1月のイベント・カレンダー
January 2018 Events Summary
Festival Events 祭り等
1. 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 2018. 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)
2. 63rd annual Matsudo 'Nanakusa Marathon' Road Race 第63回松戸市七草マラソン大会
The Nanakusa Marathon is a great show of community spirit, with 'Fun Run'-style events to suit all ages and abilities. Registration to participate as a runner has closed, however there is much to be enjoyed as a spectator - food and drink stalls, running merchandise booths, and photo opportunities with mascots Chiiba-kun and Matsudo-san. So come on down and join in the festivities! Let's make 2018 a happy and healthy year.
Event date: Sunday January 7th, 2018 (rain or shine)
Venue: Matsudo Athletics Park, athletics track start and finish
Events: 2km, 3km, 5km, 10km (by age)
Opening ceremony: approx. 8:40am
First event (2km): 9:25am start
Final event (10km): 10:15am start
Expected finish time: 11:30am
3. New Year's Parade of Firemen (Matsudo City Fire Dept.) 松戸市消防出初式
Each year the Matsudo City Fire Dept. holds a special festival in the New Year (called the 'Dezome-shiki') to pray for the safety of the community and to educate the public about fire safety.
This is no ordinary parade - there will be acrobatic stunts involving ladders, live fire-fighting demonstrations, music performances, and a variety of other exciting entertainment. Definitely not one to be missed!
Date: Saturday 13th of January, 2018
Time: 10am onwards (show starting at 11am)
Location: Matsudo City Firefighting Training Centre, Hachigasaki 4-50-2
Access: By bus bound for Kogane-danchi from Yahashira Stn., getting off at 'Hachiharadai'
By bus bound for Mabashi Stn from Tokiwadaira Stn., getting off at 'Hachiharadai'
By foot, 20 min walk from Yahashira Stn.
Live firefighting demonstrations
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: Saturday 6th of January - Sunday 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 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 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. 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 25th of January, 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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