Chiba prefecture is in the southeastern part of the Kanto region and is on the east side of Tokyo. The prefecture is also known for Narita International Airport. Its capital city is Chiba. Since the shape of the prefecture on the map with the Boso Peninsula at the tip appears like a profile of a dog sticking out its tongue, the prefecture’s officially recogn
ized mascot, Chiiba-kun was created, and it has become a very popular character. Chiba has a high percentage of flatland and since it is also adjacent to a metropolitan area, residential development has been promoted for many years. While an industrial area has been developed on the reclaimed land along the Tokyo Bay, Chiba is also a popular recreational spot for young families with many seaside resort facilities. There are many local specialties in Chiba such as peanuts grown in the fertile land, fish and shellfish caught in the Boso Peninsula, such as abalone and Ise lobster, fruit such as loquats, and soy sauce produced in Noda and Choshi cities. Boso Peninsula is a very popular resort area and full of fun places to visit such as the seaside resort of the Kujukuri Beach, beaches suited for surfing, and the Flower Road where visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. Ever since the opening of the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line, which enabled people to go to Kisaragi city directly from the Yokohama area by bridge and tunnel, Chiba has been attracting popularity as a place for a day trip on wheels. Chiba’s popular souvenir, nuresenbei is said to have originated in an old rice cracker shop that was founded in 1915 in Choshi city. It is said that when the cracker sauce accidentally penetrated into the dough, the shop owner gave the dough away for free to the customers, which unexpectedly became popular. Namerou prepared by mixing minced fresh horse mackerel and sardine with miso and other condiments is an old local specialty food of Chiba.
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