Blackcabbit (aka. Dionnie Takahashi) is an illustrator living in Japan. She loves drawing whimsical animal characters, as well as doing handmade crafts to beautify the world she lives in.
On May 3rd, we went to Forest and Park for the 21st Century (21世紀の森と広場). Matsudo City was holding her annual Kodomo Matsuri / Children festival (第41回松戸市こども祭り) – an event opened to the public from 10 am to 3 pm. It was packed with 33 FREE games & activities, all aimed to entertain kids of all ages. (See the game list here)The Children Festival had included quite a few Japanese cultural activities for the kids: Chado (茶道/Tea Ceremony), Bonsai (盆栽), Origami (折り紙), Daruma Otoshi (達磨落とし), Kamishibai (紙芝居/picture story show), Mikoshi (神輿/portable shrine), Otedama (お手玉/beanbag juggling game), and Yo-Yo (water balloons) etc.Moreover, children were allowed to hop onto a mobile police station (移動交番車), an old patrol car and a police motorbike, so that we the parents could shamelessly take our kids’ pictures like there was no tomorrow! LOLThe best part of the Kodomo Matsuri (especially for my little boy), was the Mini Tetsudo (ミニ鉄道/Mini Railroad). The children were able to have as many FREE rides on the Mini Steam Locomotive (ミニSL) as possible, as long as they did not mind the super long queues.Our kids really had a wild and fun-packed day at the 41st Matsudo City’s Children Festival. I guess we will be back next year, so I better mark it on our calendar. The event is usually held on May 3rd, which was Kenpo Kinenbi (憲法記念日). If the public holiday is a rainy day, the event will be postponed to the following day.
Park Center Opening Hours:
9 am – 5 pm (may vary by season)
Closed from December 30 to January 1.
See website for more details (in Japanese).
See access to Forest and Park for the 21st Century here (Japanese website).
The park center is the main natural environment promotion facility in Matsudo City.
You can find three Jomon pit dwelling reconstructions, outside of the Matsudo Museum (near central gate of the Park). The museum staff will “smoke” one of them (per day) to keep bugs out in order to preserve them better. During those smoking time, the hut will be open to visitors for free. Jomon period was about 4500 years ago, so it was quite an interesting experience.
10:00 – 12:00
13:00 – 15:30
The park prohibits picking of plants or catching of animals. However, they do allow fishing of Zarigani (crayfish) by kite strings. So, it is a very common sight to see many people gathering near the streams.