Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

Jun 20, 2015

Dive into the culture of Minamiboso

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It is just after sunset and hundreds of people have gathered around the docking bays of Minamiboso on the southern edge of Chiba Prefecture. As men bang away on taiko drums, dozens of women emerge from a hilltop shrine. Dressed head-to-toe in white outfits ...

Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

May 25, 2015

Chiba wetland gives city slickers rare chance to enjoy nature's bounty

Surrounded by an urban landscape that includes an elevated expressway, high-rise condominiums and an IKEA furniture store, the Yatsu-higata wetland in Narashino, Chiba Prefecture, is an unusual nature preserve. Yatsu-higata, which spans around 40 hectares — slightly smaller than Tokyo Disneyland — is in ...

Apr 1, 2015

Would-be robber breaks leg, calls ambulance in Chiba

A hapless armed robber in his 60s broke his leg while holding up a convenience store in Chiba Prefecture, and then used the shop’s payphone to call an ambulance, according to a report and police. The inept thief tussled with a 35-year-old store clerk ...