Minnami no Sato started as a farmers community visitor center in Kamogawa City. Now it is run by MUJI, a popular fashion brand known for its “minimalist” philosophy. The renovated farmers’ market sells local farming produce such as vegetables and dairy products, but MUJI adds stylish shelves to make the merchandise look even more attractive. Together with a café, a library, and a MUJI shop in the annex, this is the place to taste the country atmosphere in a stylish MUJI way.
The current pandemic doesn’t allow you to get out and about. Disappointed? Just look around you! No matter where you are, if you live on this precious earth, you are blessed with countless beautiful things, and they are right at your doorstep. You don’t have to go anywhere special. Rice paddies with newly planted seedlings, tree branches with bright fresh green leaves, and dandelions on the side of the road. Take a deep breath, be patient, and appreciate what you have.
Nago-ji Temple in Tateyama, one of the oldest temples in Chiba, celebrated its 1300th anniversary in 2017. The main building today is the vermillion colored Kannondo Hall built in 1758. It houses the principal image of the Thousand Armed Goddess of Mercy, thought to be constructed in the late Heian period. In addition, the stunning dragon carvings near the fanlight catch your eye. Behind the buildings is a nice path that takes you to the top of the hill.
Once a prefectural museum of maritime folklore, the facility is now a commercial complex popular with tourists. Go up to the deck for a great view of Tateyama Bay, and have lunch at the restaurant. You can do some shopping at the farmer’s market, then learn about local fish at the small aquarium. The facility also preserves a part of the exhibit from the prefectural museum, where you can learn about the fishing community that flourished in the past.
The frost-free areas of Minamiboso allow flowers to bloom much earlier than in other parts of the Kanto area, thus attracting people who enjoy the early spring. The patches of bright color against the blue ocean are extremely picturesque. However, the violent typhoon that hit the area last September caused many flower farmers to give up growing flowers this spring. If you want to see this beautiful scenery again next year, you can always support them by visiting the area.