Location of Chikura in Chiba Prefecture
|Merged||March 20, 2006
(now part of Minamibōsō)
|• Total||34.64 km2 (13.37 sq mi)|
|Population (October 1, 2004)|
|• Density||342/km2 (890/sq mi)|
|• Flower||Prunus mume|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
Chikura was located at southern end of Chiba Prefecture, at the southeast extremity of Bōsō Peninsula, facing the Pacific Ocean. The town had a temperate maritime climate with hot, humid summers and mild, cool winters.
Asai Village was created on April 1, 1889 within Asai District, which became part of Awa District from April 1, 1897. It became a town on June 25, 1900, and was renamed Chikura on October 1, 1920. The town expanded through merger with Nanaura, Takeda, and Chitose villages in 1954.
The area has an annual summer festival, Chikura Matsuri. The only Shinto shrine in town is Takabe-jinja Shrine, which is devoted to the God of Cooking. Twice a year, a special ceremony is held where a fish is cleaned and prepared without being touched by the priests' hands.
The Minamibōsō Two Day Flower Walk is held every first weekend of March. In this framework, there is a close relationship and exchange program with the city of Blankenberge, Belgium, and the link Two Day March of Flanders. In the summer the area is a very popular place as beach resort and surfing.
- Chikura official website(part of Minami Boso site) (in Japanese)
- Unity Trans-Pacific cable press release
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