|Chihana-chan was chosen as the symbol character to represent Chiba City’s goals to "create a community filled with flowers." She was designed as a fairy of the city flower, the Oga Lotus.|
|Q&A for Chihana-Chan|
|Q: What is your name?||A: It’s Chihana-chan.|
|Q: When is your birthday?||A: It’s November 21.|
|Q: How old are you?||A: I don’t know. I’m a fairy.|
|Q: Where do you live?||A: In the lotus lake at Chiba Park.|
|The Oga Lotus Story|
|In 1951, an ancient lotus seed estimated to be 2000 years old was excavated from an archaeological site in the Tokyo University Kemigawa Field of Hanamigawa Ward. The discoverer was botanist Dr. Ichiro Oga, who germinated the seed, and planted it at the Chiba Prefecture Agricultural Laboratory. This ancient lotus bloomed the following July, and its news spread throughout the world, even inspiring an article on LIFE magazine. The flower was named the Oga Lotus after Dr. Oga.
The Oga Lotus was designated as a national treasure by Chiba Prefecture in 1954, and became the Chiba City flower in 1993.
The Oga Lotus blooms annually between mid-June and early July at the lotus lake in Chiba Park.
|If you wish to use any of the Chihana-chan graphics or the "Flowery City: Chiba" logo, you must first request permission from the Chiba City Parks and Greenery Department’s Flowery City Promotion Office. Contact information is below.
Chiba City, Urban Development Bureau, Parks and Greenery Department, Greenery Administration Section, Flowery City Promotion Office