August 15th 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII. During the war, Boso Peninsula was a part of the Tokyo Bay Fortress protecting the capital, and Akayama tunnel was part of the defense network in Tateyama. In total 2km of tunnel is thought to have been built just before the end of the war, and a command center, a hospital, a power plant, and other military facilities were situated inside. It will be an important memorial site this summer.
This privately run art museum at the bottom of the Nojimazaki
Lighthouse in Shirahama is a treasure box full of artifacts from the
traditional fisherman’s life on the Boso Peninsula. Among them, the
museum is most known for their Maiwai jacket collection. They have over 100 of
these celebratory jackets, which used to be given by boat owners to crew
members at the end of the big catch year. Their dynamic design featuring
beautiful bright colors is really eye-catching.
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.