Events Calendar March 2017 平成29年3月のイベント・カレンダー
March 2017 Events Summary
Festival Events 祭り等
1. 8th Annual Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival 第8回河津桜まつり、松戸宿坂川
Take a stroll along the Sakagawa River to enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom. There will also be food stalls and other displays to enjoy. Be sure to try the grilled Yagiri-negi onion!
Dates: Saturday 11th - Sunday 12th of March 2017
Venue: Sakagawa square - Matsudo Shrine - Shoryuji Temple, along the Sakagawa riverbank
Kawazu-zakura Cherry Blossom Festival promotional poster
2. Japanese 'Wadaiko' drumming festival 和太鼓の公演
Japanese drumming is energetic and fun to watch. Don't miss your chance to see TEN drumming groups come together for a day of open air performances and family fun. You can also give drumming a try for yourself!
Date: Sunday 19th of March, 2017
Time: 10:00 - 15:30
Venue: Forest & Park for the 21st Century, Sendabori 269
3. Guardian Nio prayer ritual, Manman-ji Temple 仁王の股くぐり、萬満寺
Manman-ji Temple was built in 1256. The two statues of Guardian Nio that stand at the temple’s entrance have been designated Important Cultural Property of Japan. It is said that in the olden days people used to pray to the Guardian for vitality and then pass through the statue’s legs as a form of ritual. Nowadays, special access is given to the public only three times a year, enabling them to continue this leg-passing ritual in the pursuit of good health.
...the time has come!
Date: Monday 27th - Wednesday 29th of March, 2017
Time: 09:00 - 16:00
Location: Manman-ji Temple, Mabashi 2547
1. "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: January 14th - March 26th, 9:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Location: Exhibition hall, Matsudo Municipal Museum. Sendabori 671, Matsudo City
Admission fee: Nil.
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 winter schedule is as follows -
Dates: 4th of March - 30th ofApril, 2017.
Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays (excl. the 15th & 16th of April)
Programs: "Trhough the window of space - taking a leisurely look at the galaxy" (40min), 10:30* and 15:30
"Exciting space exploration" (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)
3. Special photography exhibition, in memory of Matsudo Tourism Ambassador Mr. Hiroshi Baba 観光大使 馬場浩士氏、追悼写真展
Mr. Hiroshi Baba (affectionately known as 'Baba-chan' throughout Matsudo) was a passionate Tourism Ambassador and excellent photographer. He was an avid supporter of local events, regularly shared his photographs of the city on his Facebook page, and even put together an exhibition of seasonal Matsudo photos in March of last year. News of his passing in December came as a sad shock to the entire community.
In memory of Baba-chan's warm demeanour and his contribution to Matsudo City Tourism, a special photography exhibition will be on display over 3 days at the Matsudo Bunka Hall. The exhibition will include a selection of his best photographs and photos of Baba-chan himself. Copies of some of his photos will also be available to take home free of charge. We look forward to seeing you there.
Dates: Friday 10th March - Sunday 12th March
Time: 10:00 - 18:00 (until 16:00 on the Sunday)
Venue: Citizens' Gallery 3, Matsudo Bunka Hall (Matsudo Building 4F, Matsudo 1307-1)
Enquiries: 047-366-7327 (Eng.) 080-4330-2487 (Jap.)
会場：松戸文化ホール 市民ギャラリー3 （松戸1307-1 松戸ビルディング4F）
4. "Prince Tokugawa's Meiji - the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate", exhibition @ Tojo Museum プリンス・トクガワ 徳川昭武が歩んだ幕末・明治、展示 ＠ 戸定歴史館
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 special exhibition of his posessions and photographs. This collection is a window back in time to a period of dramatic change in Japan.
Dates: Saturday 18th March - Sunday 25th of June, 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, Highschool/University students 150 yen (includes entry to Tojo-tei House)
1. Fire Department Band Concert @ Matsudo Shimin Kaikan Hall 消防音楽隊定期演奏会 ＠ 松戸市民会館
The Matsudo City Fire Dept. Band is putting on a free concert for locals and visitors alike. Their program includes both international and Japanese hits, most noteably a Glen Miller medley, 'Spanish Fever' and 'Hana-wa-saku'.
Date: Sunday March 5th, 2017
Time: Doors open - 12:30, Concert begins -13:30
Location: Matsudo Shimin Kaikan, Matsudo 1389-1 (5-10min walk from Matsudo Station East Exit)
Fee: Free, however tickets are required. They are available from local fire stations from the 15th of February.
Matsudo Fire Dept. Band
2. Gathering of foreign parents and babies @ Shin Matsudo 'Hot Room' (public playspace) 海外から来たママとパパの広場 ＠ 新松戸 ほっとるーむ
Every month the Shin Matsudo 'Hot Room' 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 16th of March, 2017
Time: 13:00 - 15:00
Location: Shin Matsudo 'Hot Room', Shin Matsudo 3-1-4
3. PARADISE AIR artists in residence PARADISE AIRのアーティスト・イン・レジデンス
March is another active month for Paradise Air, with two artists set to complete a Short Stay Program residency -
(15th February - 11th March)
Speciality: Illustration and mural-painting
(1st March - 11th March)
Visit the Paradise Air website for full profiles and further information.
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