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Just Another Sunday Afternoon in Makuhari

May 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments · The sights

The plaza just outside the Kaihin Makuhari train station in Chiba is always a hive of activity, especially on the weekends, and this Sunday afternoon was no exception. I usually try to avoid the areas on the weekends because of all the crowds that gather to go one of the many events held at Makuhari Messe or to attend a Chiba Lotte Marines baseball game. But yesterday I met my hubby over there for lunch and while I was waiting for him I got to enjoy some of the entertainment.

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I witnessed a lively dance performance that the was a lot of fun to watch and was well received by the audience. Then the group above was parading through the plaza, on their way to perform somewhere, I’m sure. The girls looked like they were enjoying the day and were kind enough to pause so I could take a quick shot.

Chiba Afternoon3Then the cute pink flower mascot to the left was leading an odd group of clowns and musicians dressed in traditional Japanese attire. They all had placards on their backs featuring a photo of the earth from space and notations about co2. I also saw a mention of TEPCO, Tokyo Electric Power Company, and I suspect that the pink flower may be the corporate mascot. I’m not sure if they were protesting or promoting the environmental impact of space travel but they were definitely entertaining! Chiba Afternoon1

This trio looks like they were transplanted from a Shriner’s Parade back home. All we needed was a big guy on a tiny motor bike with big shoes and the scene would have been complete!

I can’t say for sure if the Sunday was a specific celebration but it’s not at all uncommon to see street entertainers in the plaza on the weekend. I often see magicians, singers and the other day there were a group of gaijin out offering a free five minute “English Practice” session to anyone who was interested.

The plaza just outside of the Kaihin Makuhari train station in Chiba is a happening place on the weekends – you should check it out sometime!

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  • 1 Neil Duckett // May 27, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    The first picture i recognise. I went to a local festival in asakusa i think … last year and watched all the local dancing etc … was great. A few weeks later i participated in the carrying of the Mikoshi for Nakano-sakaue … was a great day … too much to drink, too much sun and body ached for ages after …. but it was a great day.

  • 2 Nisa // Aug 24, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Love reading your blog! Having been an expat wife few years, I hear you.

    We are in the midst of moving to Japan. My husband office will be in Chiba City. Could i ask you few questions with regards to living in Chiba area?