Chiba

Spring Pink Cherry Blossoms with Blue Sky Background

Spring Pink Cherry Blossoms with Blue Sky Background

Chiba has been nourishing lives and cultures of people since the prehistorical era, backed by satoyama and satoumi, or forested hills and coastal sea that people tenderly interacted with as the sustainable environment.  Chiba is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. It sits about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of the center of Tokyo on Tokyo Bay. The sites in Chiba include relics from the Paleolithic era of about 30,000 years ago, kitchen middens of the Jomon Era of some 10,000 years ago.

History:

The name of Chiba in the Japanese language is formed from two kanji characters. The first, 千, means “thousand” and the second, 葉 means “leaves”. The name first appears as an ancient kuni no miyatsuko, or regional command office, as the Chiba Kuni no Miyatsuko . The name was adopted by a branch of the Taira clan, which moved to the area in present-day Chiba City in the late Heian period. The branch of the Taira adopted the name and became the Chiba clan, which held strong influence over the area of the prefecture until the Azuchi–Momoyama period.

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Places Not To Miss:

Sakura Samurai Street:

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Oyama Senmaida Rice Terraces:

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Tamasaki Shrine:

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Sogo reido Sanctuary:

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Tokyo Bay Aqua Line:

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