Chiba

View from the UV tent of the mouth of Tokyo bay and across to Chiba

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太陽に敏感な人のためには、UVテントがいいと思います。三浦海岸から、東京湾の入り口の向こうに千葉が見えます。

For those sensitive to the sun, a UV tent is essential. An early beach day at Miura Kaigan, towards the southern tip of Kanagawa.

Is this just across the water from Chiba?

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ここは千葉の反対側? サンフランシスコの冬はだいたい夏より暖かいです。不思議でしょう。家から海まで自転車で行けます。

San Francisco is often warmer in winter than summer. The ocean is just a bike ride away.

Is it safe to go into the ocean? Probably not, but . . .

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日本の海は危険でしょうか。暑い日に、海はまだ楽しいです。千葉の御宿で。

In the heat of August, who can resist a visit to the ocean? Despite the on-going revelations about nuclear leaks, the ocean is irresistible. This is Onjuku in lower Chiba. Below is the river that passes near the station. The tall skinny palms remind me of California.

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Rice field at sunset in Onjuku, Chiba, near the ocean

駅のホームで、東急の電車を待っているときに、この田んぼの写真をとりました。濃い緑の映像を東京に持って来るといいと思いました。

I took this image on the Onjuku station platform, waiting to take the express train back to Tokyo. After spending the afternoon on the beach, the sight of the deep green rice fields was a happy image to bring back to the city.

The beach is a fast train ride away in Chiba

千葉の御宿に着くと、きれいなヤシの並木が見えます。細くて背が高いです。カリフォルニアに人気なメキシコのヤシみたいです。急行で行くと、東京から御宿は近いです。電車からの東京湾の景色が大好きです。

I love how this row of skinny palm trees greets visitors to Onjuku, Chiba right from the station. They look like Mexican fan palms (washingtonia robusta) which are very common in California.

Onjuku is an 80 minute ride on the express train, and the beach is a 10 minute walk away. It’s great to visit the beach even for an afternoon. The trip by train is also fun. I love to see the port buildings and activities.

Ginza Farm rice harvest

Iimura and Ginza Farm Rice Harvest

On November 1, Ginza Farm celebrated the rice harvest. The event began at 9 am on a Sunday morning and drew a crowd including children, parents, bloggers, an actress in an upcoming movie about farming, and the carpenter Hisano who built the beautiful tanbo, tables and benches. Above entrepreneur Iimura san helps the kids hang the rice along a bamboo rail.

Here’s what the rice looked like just before harvest.

Ginza Farm Rice Harvest

Below is a photo of Hisano san, the Chiba carpenter who created Ginza Farm and Omotesando Farm.

Hisano san, the Chiba carpenter

After the jump are photos of the actress helping the children bundle the rice, two kids enjoying the remaining duck, and a sad note about how one duck died the previous week from an assault by a Ginza raccoon.

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