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Why Do I Love Chiba?


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I’ve been living in Chiba for 3 years now and I have plenty of stories to tell. As an artist and performer, I have the privilege to meet many professionals and event organizers in addition to my regular meet ups. Ever since, I found Chiba an interesting place to live especially for artist like myself.


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Chiba is a ceaselessly fascinating place to live because all of these treasures aren’t pre-packaged for consumption, but part of the very fabric of the town. They’re also shared with guests in such a way that the incredible becomes acutely personal to each and every visitor.


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My name is Victor Strijbis. I am from the Netherlands, which only a small country right west of Germany being only about 1/10th the size of Japan. I am confident that most of you know the Netherlands for our stroopwafels, tulips and windmills! In February last year (2017) I came to Japan for the first time, so it was very exciting for me.


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One big reason Chiba made a great impact in my life are the people I met here. I find it comforting that there are local people that I can hang-out with and share the same interest despite of our language barrier.


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I tried to pull out before you here the main rational arguments I could think of. However, since its a question about love, perhaps my strongest argument would still be as the famous quote says: "The heart has its reasons of which reason knows nothing of..."


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When I agreed to do this article it did not take me long to realize what I love about Chiba, the people! The people I have made close friends with are the reason I want to visit Chiba again and again.


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The ‘Why do I love Chiba’ project is a compilation of testimonies and experiences about Chiba imparted to us by individuals who agreed to participate freely in this project by submitting essays of thier actual experience.