Chiba Fair in Malaysia at Mitsui Outlet Park KLIA - Japanese cultural activities (1st-3rd September 2015)

by - Thursday, September 03, 2015

When talk about Japan, the first thing came into my mind is Tokyo. I always love anything that related with Japan. From food to their culture and today, I learn something new, Chiba Prefecture. From 1st until 3rd September 2015, you can know more about Chiba Prefecture if you come to Mitsui Outlet Park in KLIA. 
Chiba Prefecture is blessed with flowers that bloom in every season, a vast coast and expressive ocean, the overflowing greenery of the Boso Hills, and delicious fruits of the land and sea. As the location of Narita International Airport, Tokyo Disney Resort, and the Makuhari Messe, it is also one of Japan's faces to the world. Furthermore, it has a strong industrial base, including both heavy industry and high-tech R&D. But most importantly, Chiba is home to 6.2 million residents who possess the drive to work together to change and improve their communities. Everyone, please come and discover the wonderful people, nature, foods, and culture of our home.

Just look at their travel information. If you come and drop by to Chiba Fair, you can get all the information regarding Japan. Hopefully someday I'm able to travel to Japan. Anyone want sponsor me? hahaha

Chiba is Nature Gives Birth to Strength
If you love something more into nature, Chiba is the answer. Surrounded on three sides by water, and blessed with a warm climate, Chiba is home to vast stretches of rich greenery. As the meeting point of the warm Kuroshio and cool Oyashio currents, it is the habitat and breeding ground of a diverse amount of flora and fauna from both north and south.

Congratulation and good job to Malaysia Tourism who took initiative to promote Japan. This fair is part of efforts between Malaysia and Japan to forge closer tourism ties with each other.
“Fairs such as the one we are about to experience here today is a great way to learn about the culture, heritage and nature of a particular destination. It is also hoped that it will increase the tourist arrivals and enhance cultural appreciation between Malaysia and Japan especially Chiba Prefecture,” Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri said at the launch of the Chiba Fair.

The main highlight of the launch is their famous pear. I did try few of it and trust me, it is so good. Much better than the usual pear that I had. It is sweet and soft.

Chiba is one of Japan’s largest producers of pears. Pears are grown throughout the prefecture taking advantage of the ideal soil and climate coupled with the advanced cultivation techniques of long-established orchards. When the harvest starts, many farmers open shop and offer their pick for direct sale along National Route 464, dubbed Omachi Pear Street. The various breeds of pear from Chiba available between early August and mid October are popular for being juicy and fragrant. Recently they are used to make local sweets like cake and jelly.

Kendama is a kind of toy that has long enjoyed popularity in Japan among both children and adults. While it may appear simple at first glance, kendama is a deep game with more than 1,000 different techniques for players to try to master. It can be played anywhere and by anyone, both men and women, young and old. The game is said to be helpful in developing concentration and perseverance. These days, however, this traditional toy is no longer just an amusement; it is becoming a competitive sport with competitions taking place all across Japan.

Origami is the Japanese word for paper folding. ORI means to fold and KAMI means paper. Together, they form the word, "origami." It is an art form that has been handed down from parent to child through many generations. Origami involves the creation of paper forms usually entirely by folding. Animals, birds, fish, geometric shapes, puppets, toys and masks are among the models that even very young children can learn to make in just one sitting.

 For those who want to by orginal Yukata & Obi, they are available for RM330/nett
The kimono (きもの) (着物?) is a Japanese traditional garment. The word "kimono", which actually means a "thing to wear" (ki "wear" and mono "thing"), has come to denote these full-length robes. The standard plural of the word kimono in English is kimonos, but the unmarked Japanese plural kimono is also sometimes used. Kimono is always used in important festival or formal moments, it is the representative of polite and a very formal clothing. Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes worn so that the hem falls to the ankle, with attached collars and long, wide sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a sash called an obi, which is tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zōri or geta) and split-toe socks (tabi).

 Fatin trying out to wear Kimono. They are really friendly and very helpful.

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