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2008
    vol.51 vol.50

2007

vol.49 vol.48 vol.47 vol.46

2006

vol.45 vol.44 vol.43 vol.42

2005

vol.41

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vol.39 vol.38

2004

vol.37

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vol.35 vol.34

2003

vol.33 vol.32 vol.31 vol.30
2002
vol.29 vol.28 vol.27 vol.26

2001

vol.25

vol.24 vol.23 vol.22

2000

vol.21 vol.20 vol.19

vol.18

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July through September

L Admission Free Concerts
Lobby Concerts

at the City Hall 1F Lobby047-436-2894

7/16(Wed.)
12:15
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gVibraphone Concerth
by M. Takeda (vibraphone), S. Miura (marimba), and S. Endo (drum percussion)

9/17(Wed.)
12:15
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 gPiano Soloh
by A. Kodera

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Chotto-yorimichi (a small detour) Live Concert at Kirara Hall (FACE bldg.6F)@047-423-7261

7/17(Thu.)
18:30`A19:30`

gKoto no Sekai (the world of the Koto)h
by M. Yagi (20 string Koto, 17 string Koto, and vocal) and H. Yoshino (bass)

8/21(Thu.)A
18:30`A19:30`@

gYokubari (greedy) Concerth
by N. Saito (soprano), H. Oshikawa (baritone), and M. Naniwa (piano)

9/18(Thu.)
18:30
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hBrazil-no-Kaze (the wind of Brazil)h
by H. Nakanuma (bandolim), S. Daidoji (cavaquinho), N. Yamamoto (vocal & guitar), M. Tashima (guitar), and T. Kuriyama (percussion)

L Events at the H.C. Andersen Park

H.C. Andersen Park is the best place for kids to play. An admission fee is required as follows: little children of 4 and over=\100; elementary & junior high school students=\200; high school students=\600; adults=\900

During the summer vacation, a lot of fun events will be carried out: concerts; popular character shows; childrenfs theaters; and more. For further information, please refer to the gKoho Funabashi (the municipal bulletin),h ask your neighbors, or call047-457-6627 at the Parkfs office.
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Festivals

         7/25@(Fri.)@`@
         7/27
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 gFunabashi Shimin Matsuri (citizensf festival)h

The citizensf festival is made up of the following three events: gMade in Funabashi,h gJoy & Shopping Fair,h and gFureai Matsuri (friendly fair).h You will find many kinds of fun & lively events, such as exhibitions & introductions of Funabashifs special industrial products, spot sales of specialties, flea markets, Mikoshi (portable shrine)parades, Yosakoi-Soran Dance, folk songs, Bakamen-odori (funny mask dance), Japanese drum performances, etc., etc.. Since the opening and closing time of each event will vary with location, please inquire the Cityfs Shoko-shinko-ka (commerce & industry promotion section)i☎047-436-2472jor ask your neighbors for information.

7/25@(Fri.)
11:00`18:00A@
7/26(Sat.)
E7/27@(Sun.)@
10:00
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gMade in Funabashih at Shimin (citizensf) Gallery in Funabashi Square 21, 3F (2-1-1 Honcho)

Contents: Introduction of Funabashifs business and industry with spot sales of products; Introduction of Funabashifs international exchange programs

7/25@(Fri.)@
13:00
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21:30

gFureai Masturih at Nakayama Shotengai-dori (street of stores)

7/26@(Sat.)@
11:00
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17:00

gJoy & Shopping Fairh at Miyamoto-dori (st.) in Honcho

7/26@(Sat.)

gFureai Matsurih at the following locations:
at Nakayama Shotengai-dori =13:00~21:30;
at Narashinodai Shotengai-dori=10:00~21:00;
at Futawamukodai Ekimae-dori (street in front of the station) =15:00~21:00

7/27@(Sun.)

gFureai Matsurih
at Miyamoto-dori and Ekimae-dori in Honcho =11:00~21:00;
at Omatsuri-hiroba (festival square) at Funabashi sta. kitaguchi (north exit) =10:00~16:00;
at Nakayama Shotengai-dori=13:00~21:30;
at Narashinodai Shotengai-dori =12:00~21:00;
at Futawamukodai Ekimae-dori =12:00~21:00;
at Otaki Koen (park)= 9:00~17:00
L Leisure Activities and Facilities

On every third Saturday

gFunabashi Happy Saturdayh at Kominkan(public hall)

On every third Saturday, your neighboring Kominkan provides diverse sports & cultural activities for children to enjoy.

gEnjoy swimming pools in summerh

How about enjoying your summertime in the sun with your family and friends at nearby swimming pools?

Funabashifs public pools are as follows:

Funabashi Sanbanze Koen (park) Swimming Pool (40 Shiomi-cho 047-435-0828

Undo-koen (athletic park) Swimming Pool (6-4-1 Natsumidai )047-438-4461

7/30@(Wed.)@
19:30
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20:30

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gHanabi-taikai (fireworks display)h gFunabashi-ko (port) Fireworks Displayh
at Funabashi gyoko (fishing port)


6000 fireworks can be seen at Shinsui-koen (water park) and around Funabashi- gyoko. In case of bad weather, it will be postponed until 7/31(Thur.) or 8/1(Fri.)

L Cultural & Traditional Events
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7/7@(Mon.)@

gTanabata Matsuri (the Star Festival)h

Tanabata is one of the Japanese traditional festivals in summer. People hang on the bamboo branches five -colored strips of paper with their wishes written, and pray to Orihime (the Weaver Star/Vega). They used to throw the bamboo branches into nearby rivers with their hope that their wishes would reach up to the Milky Way. Today, we stop doing this not to dirty rivers. Recently, huge and beautiful Tanabata decorations, something like a summertime Christmas tree, are popular among tourists; for example, the one at the shopping center in front of Hiratsuka sta. of JR Tokaido line.

7/26@(Sat.)@
18:00
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gJimbo Bayashi (musical accompaniment)hat Suga-jinja (shrine) (103 Jimbo-cho) Bus transportation: take a bus for Toyotomi/Komuro from Shinkeisei line Misaki sta. and get off at gSuga-jinja.h

This local and traditional event has been continued from the Edo era. It is a Funabashifs intangible cultural asset. Five pieces of music will be played on Japanese drums, small drums, flutes, and gongs: three pieces of them will be accompanied by funny mask dances, such as Hyottoko and Okame.

8/9@(Sat.)@
19:00
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21:00,

9/27@(y())@
18:00
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20:00

gHoshi-wo-miru-kai (star-watching program)h

At the municipal Planetarium (834 Azuma-cho) 047-422-7732

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You can enjoy gJupiter and a star clusterh: Admission free; No age limits; Up to 100 participants for each event. Reservation is required: from 7/15 (Tue.) for 8/9 program and from 8/15(Fri.) for 9/27 program

8/13@(Wed.)@`@8/15@(Fri.)

gObon (Bon Festival)h

Obon is the Buddhist festival to honor the spirits of ancestors. Many people go to their hometown with their families to visit graves, and to meet their parents, relatives, and friends. In spite of traffic congestion during the Obon period, people enjoy this festival as one of the most fun summer events.

8/21iThu.j@
16:00
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gKomuro-no-Shishimai (lion dance)h at Honkakuji Temple (1366-1 Komuro-cho; 5 minute walk from Komuro sta. of Hokusokaihatsu-tetsudo (railway))

This Shishimai is a traditional lion dance praying for a good harvest and driving out an evil spirit and an epidemic. It is one of the Chiba prefecturefs designated intangible cultural assets.

9/1@(Mon.)@
15:30
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gKomuro-no-Shishimaih at Honkakuji Temple, Hachiman-jinja (shrine), and Sanfo –Sha (next to Honkakuji Temple)

9/14@(Sun.)

gTsukimi (moon-watching party)/Chushu-no-meigetsu (the harvest moon)h

People enjoy watching a full moon in a crystal-clear autumn sky, offering tsukimi-dango (dumpling), Japanese pampas grass ears, and autumn fruits. It is said that ancient Japanese people respected the moon as a god and prayed for a good harvest.
L Shopping

9/6@(Sat.)@
9:00
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11:30

gFunabashi Rakuichi (market)h at Funabashi chuo- oroshiuri-ichiba (central wholesale market) (1-8 Ichiba 047-424-1151)

The wholesale market offers direct sales of fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, and processed foods to citizens.
L Others

8/31@((ɂ))@
9:20
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12:00

gBosai-no-hi (Disaster Prevention Day)h at elementary schools in Funabashi

Japan is an earthquake-prone country. The Disaster Prevention Day was established to mark the Great Kanto Earthquake, which took place on 1st September 1923. In order not to forget this tragedy, and to be prepared for earthquakes and disasters, disaster drills are carried out. Letfs participate in it! For inquiry: Bosai-ka (disaster prevention section).047-436-2032

Learning a lesson from the great earthquake in Sichuan province, China, each one is encouraged to be prepared for earthquakes ordinarily

9/15@(Mon.National Holiday))

gKeiro-no-hi (Respect-for-the-Aged-Day)

On this day, people celebrate the elderly for their long life and wish them future health and well-being. Each gresidentsf associationh and gneighborhood associationh invites the neighborhood elderly and carries out diverse events such as lunch party and entertainment show.

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