POSTPONED: Upcoming Fireworks!

*UPDATE: Tateyama Fireworks have been postponed to Friday, Aug. 10 due to the typhoon. [Info below left unchanged.] Clear your schedule for two grand firework displays in the next week. The first is this Sunday, Aug. 5 at Iwai beach and next is in Tateyama on Wed., Aug. 8. There are usually food stands around... Continue Reading →

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Beach Swim Dates (Summer ’18)

[The below information is an excerpt of and translated from an Iitokodori website article here.]   [The information was last updated on Aug. 12, 2018.] Conditions for beach swimming areas in Minamiboso City: ((Iwai region beach swim areas))      [Dates open]     Sat. July 21 - Mon. Aug., 20 Iwai number 1 (岩井第一) Swimming: OK   Temp:... Continue Reading →

Blueberry Picking Season!

It's finally blueberry picking season in Minamiboso! Whether you want to pick and eat until you're about to burst, or take some home to eat or cook with later, you have until about late August/early September to do so. While there are many different blueberry picking spots around the city, I recommend Marukawa Farm, which... Continue Reading →

Marukawa Blueberry Farm

Marukawa Farm 丸川農園 Marukawa Farm is run by Kawana-san (pictured) and contains 15 types of blueberries and over 800 bushes. She uses organic fertilizer, no pesticides, and received the "Chiba Eco Agricultural Produce" certification. While she doesn't speak English, she is very kind and clearly cares about her farm. I can attest that her blueberries... Continue Reading →

Photos from the Ama Matsuri!

I finally saw the Ama Festival for myself last week (July 15th) at Nojimazaki in Minamiboso and I was amazed. The atmosphere there with the female divers in white, the firelight from their torches illuminating their clothes and the rippling water, and the increasingly climactic music transports you into a different realm. If you are... Continue Reading →

Hasshuuken Ramen

Hasshuuken (Ramen Restaurant) 八洲軒 A small but delicious Chinese restaurant with a variety of ramen, yakisoba, and other set dishes. I got the chaashuu ramen (comes with roasted pork) as shown in the picture. The pork melted in my mouth and overall it was delicious! It's also very accessible by car, train, or bus. It's... Continue Reading →

Seasonal Guide to Fruit-Picking & More

Japan takes special pride in its seasonal foods. Picking your own fruit (or vegetables, nuts, etc.) is very popular in country areas like Minamiboso. After all, you can't get fresher than fruit straight from the vine! This post lists popular fruits and more in Chiba Prefecture and their picking season. Check out the PDF for... Continue Reading →

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