The namesake of Chiba City Samurai history
The Chiba Clan laid the foundation for modern-day Chiba City. An illustrious family of Eastern Japan descended from Emperor Kanmu, in 1126 Tsuneshige Chiba moved their stronghold near modern-day Inohana, Chuo-ku, starting the history of Chiba City.
Tsuneshige's son Tsunetane is known as the ancestor who revitalized the Chiba Clan. In 1180 when Minamoto no Yoritomo escaped to Boso(southern part of Chiba Pref.) after defeat in the battle of Ishibashiyama, Tsunetane quickly became an ally of Yorimoto, greatly contributing to the establishment of the Kamakura shogunate. Thereafter, Tsunetane and his sons took part in the Genpei War, the victories of which gained them territory throughout Japan from Tohoku in the north to Kyushu in the south. The Chiba Clan subsequently spread to all parts of Japan.
The world's oldest flower, Oga Lotus
In 1951, botanist Dr. Ichiro Oga revived one of three seeds from an ancient lotus excavated at the Tokyo University Kemigawa public welfare farm. The excavated seed is said to be about 2,000 years old. Since then its roots have been divided and grown in more than 100 locations in Japan and abroad, playing the role of friendship ambassador flower. In 1993 it was designated the City Flower of Chiba City in commemoration of becoming a government-ordinance-designated city. Every year from June to July the elegant flowers are grown in places such as Chiba Park, where many people from the city and elsewhere come to view them. Around that time the Oga Lotus Festival is also held in Chiba Park, where "Zobihai" (drinking, especially Japanese sake, through lotus stalks) is a popular experience.
Proof of how easy it is to live here・Japan's largest shell mounds and the lifestyles of Jomon people
About 7,000 years ago, the Jomon people started living on the Kasori Shell Mounds. The massive shell mounds were created roughly 5,000 years ago in the middle Jomon Period, and continued to thrive for 2,000 years thereafter. The Kasori Shell Mounds are among the largest in Japan, connecting the north shell mounds of the middle Jomon Period with the south shell mounds of the late Jomon Period. Not only massive numbers of shells, but fish and animal bones, chestnuts and walnuts that have turned to charcoal, and more have been excavated from the shell mounds, indicating that the region was blessed with the bounty of the sea. Of the approximately 2,400 shell mounds in Japan, about 120 of them are concentrated in Chiba City, known since the Jomon Period as a place that is easy to live due to its rich natural environment.
Japan's longest artificial beach
Extending a total 4.3km, the combined length of Inage Beach, Kemigawa Beach, and Makuhari Beach boast the greatest length of any artificial beach in Japan. Inage Beach is Japan's first artificial beach, as well as the closest swimming beach from central Tokyo, so it and the Inage Beach Public Pool are bustling with people every year. Marine sports such as windsurfing are popular at Kemigawa Beach, and on Makuhari Beach a fireworks display with 15,000 fireworks as well as the ultimate 3D motorsports "Redbull Air Race" are successfully held. Every year in February and October you can enjoy Diamond Fuji from the three beaches, which among other expansive scenery impressive for an urban area makes the beaches very popular.