Climate and mentality of the residents are different in 47 prefectures in Japan. If you compare the prefectural characteristic, you could see obviously especially the gourmet and culture are totally different. This article is different with the other articles and will help you to understand the prefecture more in order to make your trip smoother. Today we are going to introduce about Chiba prefecture.
Two types of prefectural characteristics coexist
The map of Chiba prefecture is long shape from North to South, is divided into northern part and southern east part. It is said that the northern part where development has progressed as a bed town of Tokyo, there are many residents with well planning characteristic. While the residents who live in the area adjacent to Tokyo are used to look forward and follow Tokyo prefecture characteristic instead of Chiba Prefecture. The residents in southern east part are said to have a generous personality.
Saitama prefecture is their eternal rival
Chiba prefecture and Saitama prefecture are competing with each other in everything. Saitama Prefecture residents feel that they are at the advantage because Saitama prefecture has mountain, on the other hand Chiba Prefecture feel they are at the advantage because Chiba Prefecture connected to sea. All the competition created creatively and funny. Actually, they are only enjoying the fun to compete with each other and it might be very boring without that interaction.
Kashiwa City in Chiba Prefecture is functioning like Shibuya in Tokyo
Kashiwa City is functioning like Shibuya for Chiba Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture residents. They travel to shop at Kashiwa city just because there are big shopping complex such as Marui and Takashimaya. After they used to the environment of Kashiwa City then only they go to Tokyo. In other words, Kashiwa city has become a city for them to practice for Tokyo life style.
A hand gift for important person is peanut
When you have a guest from Chiba prefecture who brings you a hand gift, it is very high possibility that the hand gift is peanut. Peanuts from Chiba Prefecture is very expensive even from local supplier. Therefore, Chiba prefecture residents are often eat cheap peanut which imported from oversea in their daily life. When it comes to the time when they selecting the hand gift, they will only spend money to purchase the expensive peanut which produced in Chiba prefecture.
Chiba Prefecture Residents are proud with Tokyo Disney Resort, Waterfront and Narita Airport
Chiba prefecture residents is undoubtable the dream world, "Tokyo Disney Resort"! The adult ceremony which held in Urayasu city annually is also very famous. Also, since they are proud with Narita Airport which is known as the gateway to the world, they will get into bad temper if you think that the gateway to the world is Haneda Airport but not Narita Airport.
There are a lot of "prefectural characteristic" that cannot be accepted and believed in other prefecture resident in Japan and some are not applicable in other prefectures. Please stay tuned for our next article for this series! If there is any prefecture you wish to understand further, kindly post your comment in the comment field on the right!