JOKO WIDODO, PRESIDEN INDONESIA KETUJUH

”WELCOMING THE NEW NATIONAL LEADERSHIP OF INDONESIA”

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(Photo KompasImages)

(Photo KompasImages)

The Result of 2014 Indonesian Presidential Election
July 22, 2014

Joko Widodo (Jokowi), President Elect
Jusuf Kalla (JK), Vice President Elect

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The New National Leadership
since
The Presidential Inauguration
Jakarta, October 20, 2014

(Photo Courtesy Samarang Winata)

(Photo Courtesy Samarang Winata)

Joko Widodo
The New President of the Republic of Indonesia
2014  – 2019

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Joko Widodo, the 7th President
Jusuf Kalla, Vice President (the 12th)
2014 – October 20 – 2019

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CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!

Nagoya, Japan
October 20, 2014
Henri Daros

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JEPANG: SHINKANSEN GENAP BERUSIA 50 TAHUN

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The Nozomi No. 200 superexpress, Wednesday’s first bullet train departure from Shin-Osaka Station, is sent off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. | KYODO

SHINKANSEN MARKS 50 YEARS
OF SERVICE

The Japan Times
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Kyodo

The bullet train, an iconic symbol of Japan’s postwar economic boom, marked 50 years of service on Wednesday with a celebratory ceremony at Tokyo Station.

A state-of-the-art N700A bullet train left the station bound for Fukuoka at 6 a.m., witnessed by officials of Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) and special invitees born the same year as the shinkansen.

Similar ceremonies were held in Shizuoka, Nagoya and Osaka.

Bullet trains got their start on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line, which revolutionized the country’s transportation network when it began service on Oct. 1, 1964, nine days before the opening of the Tokyo Olympics.

It was the world’s fastest train, with a top speed of 210 kph, cutting the 515-km route between Tokyo and Osaka to four hours.

Shinkansen trains now travel the route at up to 270 kph and take just two hours and 25 minutes to connect the metropolises. The top speed will be raised to 285 kph next spring.

The line has carried a remarkable 5.6 billion passengers and its trains have covered a cumulative 2 billion km, the equivalent of 50,000 trips around the Earth. An average of 424,000 passengers use it every day, compared with over 60,000 during its first year.

The shinkansen “is representative of Japanese technology and the embodiment of the powers of many companies,” JR Tokai President Koei Tsuge said at the Tokyo Station ceremony. “We will continue to deliver safer, more comfortable and more precise-time transportation.”

Subsequent shinkansen lines extended the network across Japan as far as Aomori Prefecture in the north and Kagoshima Prefecture in the southwest.

More lines are under construction or in the planning stage, including a next-generation magnetically levitated train, which JR Tokai is expected to start working on next year.

If all goes according to plan, it will link Nagoya and Shinagawa Station in Tokyo in just 40 minutes starting in 2027, and will run at speeds of up to 500 kph.

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OCTOBER 2014, NAGOYA EVENTS INFORMATION

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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The 60th Nagoya Festival

第60回名古屋まつり
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City

The Nagoya Festival is Nagoya’s largest festival. The festival’s main attraction is its parade, but there are also events at Oasis 21, Hisayaodori Park, and other spots around the City. The festival’s main attraction is its parade with the procession of Nagoya’s 3 local feudal lords, Nobunaga ODA, Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, and Ieyasu TOKUGAWA, along with 600 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers.

The parade is done over two different routes over two days and features dashi (festival floats) & kagura floats (both city cultural assets), a children’s “mikoshi” parade, sister city parade, and a flower car parade. The Sunday parade is the bigger of the two. Secure your free roadside spot early to get a prime view of the planned samurai battle re-enactments (marked with X on the map). In case of rain the parades will be cancelled. There are also special events at Oasis 21 in Sakae and Hisaya Odori Park in Yaba-cho.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the festival, and on Friday the 17th there will be an evening festival to celebrate. You’ll be able to enjoy cuisine from Nagoya such as kishimen, ankake pasta, and miso katsu, as well as sake. On Saturday the 18th, see dashi floats decorated with beautiful lanterns parade the streets. At Nagoya Castle, a karakuri performance will also be held.

★Saturday, October 18
The head of the parade departs Nagoya Station at approx 13:40, going via Sasashima – Spiral Tower, Fushimi, and Sakae – Mitsukoshi, before arriving at Yaba-cho. The back of the parade arrives at Yaba-cho at approximately 16:30.

★Sunday, October 19
The head of the parade departs Shiyakusho (City Hall) at approx 10:45, going via Sakuradori Otsu and Sakae – Mitsukoshi, before arriving at Yaba-cho. The back of the parade arrives at Yaba-cho at approximately 15:20.

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Horikawa Water Magic Festival

堀川ウオーターマジックフェスティバル

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A number of water bus tours between Nayabashi and Asahibashi, will be held over two days. Combined with walking, these boat rides will take you to Nagoya Castle, and Shikemichi. The Nagoya City Science Museum tour, perfect for kids and parents, will be held as well. There will also be a creator’s market and more around Nayabashi. On the same days, you can also enjoy the Endoji Paris Festival.

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct. throughout the day.
Information: Call 052-522-0025 (Japanese).

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Endoji Autumn Paris Festival 2014

円頓寺秋のパリ祭2014

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Once again, a fun weekend is planned for this year’s festival. There will be stalls and artists from within and outside Aichi Prefecture, turning Endoji into a French shopping district where people mingle, enjoy shopping and conversation.

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct.
Where: Endoji Shopping District (円頓寺商店街), East arcade.
Access: A short walk from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).
Further Information: http://endoji-paris.net/ and https://www.facebook.com/endoji.paris

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Konpiraguusama Festival

金刀比羅宮さまの例大祭

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An autumn festival for the local shrine that protects the Endoji Shopping District. There will be omikuji (paper fortune, in Nagoya dialect) and other events.

When: Thu. 9 Oct. and Fri. 10 Oct.
Where: Endoji Shopping District (円頓寺商店街), Konpira Shrine (金刀比羅神社)
Access: A short walk from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)

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Hanaguruma Shinmeisha Festival – Gathering of the Floats  [ 花車神明社例大祭 山車揃え ]

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This is a long established parade with a history of around 200 years! In the morning, three floats will make their way through their respective neighbourhoods. In the evening, they assemble together, decorated with beautiful lanterns which light up the floats – where a karakuri performance is offered. At about 9pm, the three floats part and make their way back home. The sight of the majestic floats as they sway in the beauty of the evening dark and lights to the echo of the karakuri performance’s music, is a sight not to be missed. This is a great opportunity to see some local history, with roots right in the centre of Nagoya!

When: Sat. 11 Oct. Will be postponed to Sun. 12 Oct. in the event of rain.

Floats
At approx. 9:00, they will be pulled around the Meieki 1-Chome (名駅1丁目) and Meieki Minami 5-Chome (名駅南5丁目) areas.
Karakuri Offering
At approx. 19:00, at the Shinmei Shrine. Meieki 5-13-6, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City (名古屋市中村区名駅5丁目13番6号)

Access: A short walk from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradōri Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).

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Mino Washi Akari Art (Creative Lantern) Contest and Exhibition [ 美濃和紙あかりアート ]

Photo Courtesy of Mino City Tourism Association
Photo Courtesy of Mino City Tourism Association

See the old streets of Mino light up with these artistic lamps and works made with washi (traditional Japanese paper). The exhibition is in its twenty-first year and the quality of the winning entries to date have been of an outstanding caliber. It’s only on show for two days, and it’s definitely worth the trip! Surround yourself with these beautiful works on a pleasant autumn evening. A truly memorable and traditional experience.

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct. (17:00 – 21:00)
Where: Near Mino City Station (美濃市駅), Gifu
Access: From Nagoya, take the Express Nagoya Meitetsu Bus (高速名古屋線バス) from the Bus Center (バスセンター) and alight at Udatsu-no-machinami-dori (うだつの町並み通り) and walk for approximately 1 minute. If you go by train, it’s approximately a 10-minute walk from Mino City Station (美濃市駅) on the Nagaragawa-tetsudo (長良川鉄道)
Cost: Free

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The 35th Komaki Shimin Matsuri

第35回小牧市民まつり

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The 35th Komaki Shimin Matsuri is themed “Expanding the Circle of Friendship” and will be held on the third weekend of October. There will be a character show, balloon art, product shows, and parades. It’s an event where both children and adults can enjoy themselves in a fun atmosphere!
At the same time, the Komakiyama Interpreters Volunteer Group will be holding tours in English, to give English speakers the opportunity to learn more about the area! Tours are free, however reservations are required.

When: Sat. 18 Oct. and Sun. 19 Oct. (10:00 – 16:00)
Where: Komakiyama, City Hall, and in front of the station.
Tours in English: For enquiries and reservations, call the volunteer group on 090-8072-2817 or e-mail noopy2476@yahoo.co.jp

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Inazawa Sand Festa 2014

稲沢サンドフェスタ2014
Photo Courtesy of Kisosansen Park
Photo Courtesy of Kisosansen Park

This event is a huge attraction for anyone who appreciates immaculately crafted sand sculptures. Held annually, the event attracted around 50,000 people! This year’s theme for the competition is “An important message to someone/something”. A message to family, a friend, an onlooker, the future! Sculptures are sized up to 3m x 3m. See how the creativity of the sand sculptors handles this year’s challenge!

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct. (10:00 – 15:30)
Where: Sario Park Sobue (Kokuei Kiso Sansen Koen Wild Nature Plaza, Ken-ei Kisogawa Sobue Greens, Shiei Sobue Wild Nature Greens) – Aichi-ken Inazawa-shi Sobue-cho
Access: During the event, a free shuttle bus will be in operation from Meitetsu Morikami Station (名鉄森上駅). By car, 15 minutes from Hashima (羽島) IC on the Meishin Expressway (名神高速道路).
Cost: Free
More information: http://www.kisosansenkoen.go.jp/

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World Collaboration Festival 2014

ワールド・コラボ・フェスタ2014

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Chubu’s largest international exchange event is now in its 11th year! Learn about causes for the good of multicultural harmony, watch on-stage music and dance performances from around the world, as well as booths presented by NGOs and NPOs. All are welcome and admission is free! No reservations are required.

When: Sat. 25 Oct. and Sun. 26 Oct.
Where: Oasis 21 in Sakae (both days 10:00 – 18:00)
Website: http://www.world-collabo.jp/

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Yattokame Cultural Festival

やっとかめ文化祭

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A cultural and historical festival of Nagoya, with traditional cultural performances. A number of lectures and workshops on the history and culture of the city, tours of famous sights and attractions will also be held.

When: Fri. 31 Oct. through Mon. 24 Nov.

Opening Event: A grand stage event filled with laughter and fun!
When: Fri. 31 Oct. from 18:00
Where: Midland Square B1 Atrium Event Space

Cultural Presentations:
A number of events including theatre, comedy, traditional music and more at various locations in the city every day.
When: Between Sat. 1 Nov. to Mon. 24 Nov. For detailed times, check the below website.

Stage Performances:
Nine presentations of Noh, traditional Japanese Kyogen comic theatre, and others will be performed. For detailed tiems, check the below website.

Lectures and Workshops:
Talks and workshops on the history and traditional cultures of the city, the historic buildings of Nagoya will be held. For detailed tiems, check the below website.

Historical Tour of the City:
In addition to the twenty-three courses from last year’s festival, an additional thirteen course have been newly added to make it an even more engaging experience.

Website: http://www.yattokame.jp

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The Three Feudal Lords and Nagoya

特別展「三英傑と名古屋」
Image of Tokugawa Ieyasu from the Nagoya City Museum Collection
Image of Tokugawa Ieyasu from the Nagoya City Museum Collection

The three warlords, also known as san’eiketsu (三英傑), all from Aichi Prefecture who aimed to unify Japan in the Warring States era, are an integral part of Japanese history. They are Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. At this exhibition, chronologically arranged displays will help you learn more about the paths they took which led to the unification. Paintings, old manuscripts and weapons which have been collected by the museum over the last forty years will also be on display.

When: Sat. 25 Oct. to Sun. 30 Nov. (9:30 – 17:00). Closed on 27,28 Oct., and 4, 10, 17, 25 Nov. Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing times.
Where: Nagoya City Museum (名古屋市博物館)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Sakurayama Station (桜山駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).
Cost: Adults 800 (600) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 400 (200) Yen; Junior HS Students and under gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.
Information: Call 052-853-2655 or fax 052-853-3636.

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NIC Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary This Month!

NICは10月で30年!

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On the 12th of October, NIC celebrates its 30th birthday! Thanks to everyone’s support, we have been able to provide the community with a valuable service. We look forward to continuing our efforts and being there for you in the future!

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Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices are subject to change without notice.

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henri daros

ONTAKE, GUNUNG API YANG MENDADAK MELETUS

SUDDEN ERUPTION OF VOLCANO VERY RARE

By AFP
Japan Today, September 30, 2014

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The suddenness of the eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano is an extremely rare phenomenon which makes it impossible to take precautionary measures, French volcanologist Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff says.

After 35 years without a major eruption, the 3,067-meter volcano in central Japan reawakened on Saturday, spewing a deadly blanket of ash, rocks and steam down slopes popular with hikers.

Bardintzeff, of the Universities of Paris-Sud Orsay and Cergy-Pontoise, said in an interview that such sudden eruptions were rare.

“In general when a volcano becomes actives, certainly after 30 or 40 years (of dormancy) which is short, we normally expect 24 to 72 hours of warning, The magma moves, micro-seismic movement is registered.. there are changes in temperature.”

Normally that is enough time to alert people living in the area to evacuate or to ban access to the site in a tourist area, he explained.

However, eruptions which occur with only minutes of warning are not unknown.

The Ontake eruption, in which more than 30 people are feared to have died, was not only sudden but was particularly dangerous as there were so many people about on a busy weekend.

The mountain is popular with hikers, particularly in late September when the autumn colors make for dramatic scenery.

“A combination of factors turn this into a catastrophe,” said Bardintzeff, adding that there were different explanations for the unexpected eruption. “The magma could have found a crack which allowed it to rise up in a single stroke. This is very rare.”

There is also another feared type of eruption called hydrovolcanic or phreatomagmatic eruptions.

“Often there are pockets of water in volcanoes. When the magma rises and a wave of heat accompanies it. The water can be quickly vaporised, creating high pressure like in a pressure cooker.

“If this pressure is greater than the resistance of the earth above it, all the rocks are pulverised into fragments known as cinder bombs,” the volcanologist explained.

This type of eruption is particularly dangerous precisely because of the speed of events, with no real signs of what is about to happen.

Without more sophisticated seismological equipment than is currently available “unfortunately we are helpless,” in such cases, Bardintzeff said.

For the time being no hypothesis has been confirmed as the reason behind the sudden Japanese eruption.

Mount Ontake is a classic Japanese volcano, he explained.

“Japan is a land of volcanoes, with a complex geodynamic system. There are many which erupt in turn.”

They are usually of an explosive nature and the plumes of ash and smoke 11 kilometers high, seen in the latest case, are reasonably standard, he added.

“What is exceptional is the fact that it was so sudden.”

© 2014 AFP

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Smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles
the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border [ AFP-JIJI ]

INDONESIA: TRAGEDI UU PILKADA TAK LANGSUNG

Akhirnya drama itu pun terjadi, namun bukan tanpa jejak riwayat.

Sesungguhnya di panggung politik Indonesia, pada segala lini, pusat-daerah, eksekutif-legislatif, sejak awal periode reformasi yang ditandai kebebasan berpolitik dan keleluasaan berekspresi itu, sudah kita saksikan lahirnya sekian banyak politisi karena faktor keberuntungan, mumpung dan kemudahan, bukan karena tekad perjuangan dan bara idealisme.

Jumlah para politisi visioner, yang paham apa misi perjuangannya dan sekaligus pula berkarakter pejuang, yang berkorban dan bertahan hidup, khususnya selama masa Orde Baru yang penuh tekanan, dengan cepat berkurang. Kalau pun masih ada, perlahan tersingkir.

Pentas politik dengan cepat pula terisi oleh aktor-aktor tanpa karakter, orang-orang yang ‘jatuh ke atas’ karena uang dan kesempatan, tokoh-tokoh oportunis yang berkeliaran mencari peluang sambil mematut-matut perilaku demi menarik perhatian, bahkan di sana-sini bermain bunglon.

Panggung politik pun bising tanpa isi kenegarawanan dan substansi kerakyatan.

Belum lagi tetap hadirnya para aktor politik dari masa Orde Baru. Meski pada awalnya malu-malu, akibat label negatif Orde Baru, tokh kemudian mereka dengan leluasa memanfaatkan suasana bebas masa reformasi untuk tetap mengamankan agenda politik mereka, bahkan mendesain kekuatan politik baru, lalu berhasil merangkul pula para politisi yang belum matang, yang masih mencari-cari legitimasi dan pengukuhan identitasnya itu, masuk ke dalam barisannya.

Di pihak lain, syukur, muncullah dinamika tandingan. Lahir banyak gerakan ‘civil society’ (masyarakat madani) dalam aneka spektrum, dengan para aktivisnya yang ugahari dan cerdas, yang kaget melihat bahwa perkembangan semakin menjauh dari spirit reformasi awal.

Gayung-bersambut dengan gerakan moral dari sedikit politisi berhati nurani, dinamika itulah yang ikut menyuarakan dan memperkuat peran rakyat dalam kehidupan berbangsa dan bernegara, dan mendorong terwujudnya praksis kedaulatan rakyat, termasuk untuk berpartisipasi dalam pemilihan langsung sebagaimana terjadi selama satu dasawarsa terakhir.

Apa yang baru disaksikan oleh seluruh rakyat Indonesia di panggung DPR itu, yaitu disahkannya undang-undang pilkada tak langsung, sesungguhnya jadi bukti jelas tak berkarakternya sejumlah besar wakil rakyat, plus lemahnya, bahkan tiadanya komitmen moral kerakyatan di kalangan para politisi kelahiran era reformasi sebagaimana digambarkan di atas. Tak pelak lagi hal itu bergandengan erat dengan kekuatan orde baru yang memang masih eksis dalam aneka wajah.

Dalil-dalil demokrasi yang sedang nyaring dan dalam formulasi canggih terucap dari mulut mereka pada hari-hari ini, sebagai pembenaran atas aksi mereka, jika ditanyakan ke hati nurani yang jernih, sesungguhnya cuma dalih.

Sayang seribu sayang, SBY sebagai presiden & pemerintah pun terlibat di sana, mengingkari kedaulatan rakyatnya sendiri.

Nagoya, Jepang
Catatan Tergesa-gesa Pagi Hari
Jumat, 26 September 2014
Henri Daros

SEPTEMBER 2014, HERE AND THERE, IN NAGOYA

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances

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Subscription Concerts
定期演奏会

Where: Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall (愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール)
Access: Connected at the basement level to Oasis 21 and Sakae Subway Station (地下鉄栄駅)

The 416th Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第416回定期演奏会

Masahiko ENKOJI, Resident Conductor
Stephen HOUGH, Piano
“The First of Czech”
B. Smetana Overture to Prodaná nevesta
A. Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33, B.63
B. Martinu Symphony No.1, H.289

When: Fri. 5 Sep. (18:45) & Sat. 6 Sep. (16:00)
Tickets: S-Seats 6,200 Yen; A-Seats 5,100 Yen; B-Seats 4,100 Yen; C-Seats 3,100 Yen; Y-Seats (only for 24 and under, on the day, at the door) 1,000 Yen. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666 (Japanese/English).


The 417th Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第417回定期演奏会

Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor
Joergen van RIJEN, Trombone
“The First of the Great Symphonists”
L. v. Beethoven Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21
K. Aho Trombone Concerto [Japan Premiere]
D. Hujikura Banitza Groove!
D. Shostakovich Symphony No.1 in F minor, Op.10

When: Fri. 24 Oct. (18:45) & Sat. 25 Oct. (16:00)
Tickets: S-Seats 7,200 Yen; A-Seats 6,200 Yen; B-Seats 5,100 Yen; C-Seats 4,100 Yen; Y-Seats (only for 24 and under, on the day, at the door) 1,000 Yen. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666 (Japanese/English).

 


Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Salon Concerts
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団サロンコンサート

Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” (名古屋市音楽プラザ)
Access: A 6-minute walk from Kanayama Station (金山駅) or an 8 minute walk from Higashibetsuin Station (東別院駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

September
Guest: Akiko IKEMURA (Viola)
When: Tue. 16 Sep. at 18:30
Cost: Free

October
Performing: Lute String Quartet
When: Wed. 16 Oct. at 18:30
Cost: Free

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Craftsmanship of Owari Nagoya Exhibition

尾張名古屋の職人展

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In almost every product we use, exists the skill of a craftsman. As robots and machines dominate the manufacturing industry, we lose the warmth that comes standard with the work of a true artisan. There is something about the creativity and skill of a craftsman for which there is no substitute.

A certain quality which craftsmen put into their work, breathes life into the utilized materials. This exhibition aims to widen the understanding of these skills and qualities and its important role in our lives through the presentation of Owari Nagoya craftsmanship. Through a deeper understanding we can have a greater respect towards the skills which reside in our surroundings.

When: Fri. 26 Sep. to Sun. 28 Sep. from 10:00 to 18:00 (17:45 on the last day).

Where: Oasis 21, Galaxy Platform「 銀河の広場」 and NHK Nagoya Broadcasting Center Bldg, Plaza Wave 21「 プラザウェーブ21」

Access: A short walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/名城線)

Cost: Free Entry

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Opening of Hisayaodori Gardens FLARIE (Formerly Ran no Yakata)

久屋大通庭園 フラリエ( 旧 ランの館)がオープンします

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Formerly known as “Ran no Yakata”, the new grounds will be re-opening in late September as “Hisayaodori Gardens FLARIE” after extensive renovations. The new gardens are both an oasis, and a lively place for interaction. Based on a “lifestyle garden surrounding you with flowers and greenery” concept, the new garden will provide its visitors with a beautiful and memorable experience.

In addition, the open air café will help you to enjoy the scenery. Please enjoy at your leisure.

When: Sat. 27 Sep.

Where: Hisayaodori Gardens (久屋大通庭園)

Access: Approximately a 3-minute walk from Yabacho Station (矢場町駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線).
Cost: Free

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The 7th Book Gift Contest in Tokyo / Kansai / Nagoya

第7回ブック・ギフト

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Sponsored by the Jodo Shu Peace Association, and in the interests of supporting international students in Japan, this contest aims to “return the favour” to foreign students who contribute to Japan in various ways through their exchange of knowledge and culture.

The contest awards the prize to a total of 100 individuals across Nagoya, Tokyo, and Kansai, awarding successful entrants up to 4 books with a total combined value of up to 10,000 Yen. To enter, a short essay must be written by hand in Japanese on a supplied form which can be downloaded from http://jpa.jodo.or.jp or picked up from the pamphlet box area at NIC 3F.

Essays must be sent in between Sep. 1~30. The subject of the essay is 「私の留学生活」, “My Overseas Study Experience”. Winners must be present for the prize presentation on Sun. 21 Dec. (for Nagoya entrants).

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Exhibition: Photography Will Be

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畠山直哉《 Blast #13609》2007年 ラムダ・プリント 作家蔵 © Naoya Hatakeyama / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
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© Naoya Hatakeyama / Courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo

Up until the digital age, the word “photograph” was associated with a print. Now, it can mean something very different. The definition of the skilled art of photography as it was once known, is slowly blurring as a result of the rapid advances of technology.

In the realm of modern art, there is no shortage of artists who choose to create their works using photography, film, and dimensional artworks. With the current modern art scene in mind, the exhibition aims to explore the various aspects of the relationships between space, time, and the viewer.

As well as 2D art, there will be 3D exhibits and footage by nine artists, and with presentations by photographers, you will be able to discover where the world of photography is headed. Part of the exhibition will be presented bilingually (English/Japanese) so visitors who do not understand Japanese will also be able to enjoy their visit.

When: Until Sun. 28 Sep. (10:00 – 18:00, till 20:00 on Fridays). Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing times. Closed on Mondays (except Mon. 15 Sep.) Also closed on Tue. 16 Sep.

Where: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (愛知県美術館)

Access: A three minute walk via Oasis 21 from Sakae Station (栄駅) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/名城線)

Cost: Adults 1,100 (900) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 800 (600) Yen; Junior HS students and under gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.

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Yayoi Kusama “Eternity of Eternal Eternity”

草間 彌生 「永遠の永遠の永遠」

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An exhibition showcasing the latest creative works of world renowned avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama (1929~). Creating for over half a century using polka dots and mesh patterning, in 2009 she started working on a new series “My Eternal Soul”. Her unique works evoke our interiors, overflowing with childlike expressions of fun and creative freedom, coming together to create a collection of works which have not been seen before.
In contrast to these vivid colours are these 50 works in the series called “Love Forever”. Kusama spent three years from 2004 working on these monochrome depictions. With her magic touch, she has created an infinitely gushing cascade of images. In addition, her giant pumpkin sculpture, and her light, water, and mirror installation artwork “Gleaming Lights of the Souls” will also be exhibited.
Witness the rare talent of Yayoi Kusama and her pioneering work for yourself at this exhibition.

When: Sat. 13 Sep. to Mon. 13 Oct. (10:00 – 19:30, till 18:00 on the last day). Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing times.

Where: Matsuzakaya Museum, Matsuzakaya Nagoya Store, South Building, 7F (松坂屋美術館/松坂屋名古屋店南館7F)

Access: A short walk via the underground passageway directly connected to Yabacho Station (矢場町駅) Exit 5 (5番出口) on the Meijō Subway Line (地下鉄名城線).

Cost: General Admission 1,100 (900) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 900 (700). Junior HS Students and under gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for advanced purchase tickets available through convenience stores and through major play guides and the Matsuzakaya Museum.

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Nagoya TV Tower 60th Anniversary Special – Kaleidoscope Lights

名古屋テレビ塔60周年記念企画『光の万華鏡』

This year at the NIC, we are celebrating our 30th anniversary. The Nagoya TV Tower, an iconic symbol of our city, is celebrating its 60th! Among the many events and celebrations at the tower this year, is this beautiful display of lights, colour, and creativity. Using specially designed panels to create a mesmerising kaleidoscope effect, the Sky Deck and Sky Balcony are more romantic than ever! Every 10 minutes a magnificent “sound and light show” unfolds before your very eyes on the Sky Balcony. A beautiful display with a breathtaking backdrop of the city!

When: Until Sun. 28 Sep. (10:00 – 22:00). On weekends and national holidays, from
11:00.

Where: Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔)

Access: A short walk from Hisaya Odori Station (久屋大通駅) on the Meijo or Sakuradori
Subway Lines (地下鉄名城線/桜通線), or Sakae Station (栄駅) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/名城線).

Cost: Adults 700 Yen; Senior HS and College Students 600 Yen; Junior HS and Elementary School Students 300 Yen; Seniors 600 Yen.

Photos courtesy of Atsushi Maruta.

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The Human Image – Picasso, Matisse, Warhol

美術する身体―ピカソ、マティス、ウォーホル
Henri Matisse "Reclining Nude" 1946 Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund 2004.70 Photograph ©2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Henri Matisse “Reclining Nude” 1946
Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund 2004.70
Photograph ©2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Throughout the ages, the “body” has remained as one of the most inspirational and continuing subjects for artists around the world. At this exhibition, see one hundred works by Matisse, Giacometti, and Warhol – as you unravel the relationship between body and art. Picasso’s masterpiece from his later years, “Rape of the Sabine Women” will be on exhibit in Japan for the first time!

When: Sat. 20 Sep. to Sun. 30 Nov. (Weekdays 10:00 – 19:00; Weekends & National Holidays 10:00 – 17:00). Last entry 30 minutes prior to closure. Closed on Mondays (closed the following day in the event it falls on a National Holiday).

Where: Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts (名古屋ボストン美術館)

Access: A short walk from Kanayama Station’ s South Exit (金山駅南出口). Accessible by JR, Meitetsu (名鉄線), Meijo (地下鉄名城線) and Meiko (地下鉄名港線) subway lines.

Cost: Adults 1,300 (1,100) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 900 (700) Yen; Junior HS Students and under gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for advanced purchase tickets and groups, or for entry after 17:00 on weekdays.

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Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly A World Treasure

現代美術のハードコアはじつは世界の宝である展 ― ヤゲオ財団コレクションより
Portrait, Liz Kertelge 1966 © Gerhard Richter 2014
Portrait, Liz Kertelge 1966
© Gerhard Richter 2014

See the world class modern art collection of the Yageo Foundation (Taiwan) which is comprised of works by Sanyu, Francis Bacon, Zao Wou-Ki, Andy Warhol, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ron Mueck, Peter Doig, Marc Quinn and others. A total of seventy-three masterpieces, selected by some of the most discerning collectors in the world will be on display. A must see exhibition where you can appreciate the magnificence of some of the most renowned modern art in existence today.

When: Sat. 6 Sep. to Sun. 26 Oct. (9:30 – 17:00, and till 20:00 on Fridays). Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing times. Closed on Mondays. Also closed from 2-5 Sep.

Where: Nagoya City Art Museum (名古屋市美術館)

Access: An 8 minute walk from Fushimi Station (伏見駅) Exit 5 (5番出口) on the Higashiyama and Tsurumai Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/鶴舞線); located in Shirakawa Koen (白川公園).

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DAYS JAPAN – Photo Journalism Exhibition in Nagoya

デイズジャパンフォトジャーナリズム写真展in名古屋2014
3rd Place "Children of Gaza" photo by Ali Noureldine (EPA)
3rd Place “Children of Gaza” photo by Ali Noureldine (EPA)

An exceptional photo journalism exhibition which presents powerful and moving imagery from around the world, depicting scenes of pain, tragedy, loss, and desperation. The Nagoya exhibition is usually held annually at the Nagoya International Center.

The photographs on exhibit are renowned for their ability to evoke feelings which leave the viewer asking some very sobering questions. Due to the raw and graphic nature of the photographs, many such images rarely reach the mainstream media – making this exhibit instrumental in the delivery of significant photographic evidence.

This year’s exhibition features images from Syria showing the civil war crisis; A building collapse disaster in Bangladesh which killed 1130 workers; Nenets, the last nomads of Siberia; Typhoon Haiyan disaster in the Philippines, and more.

When: Sat. 20 Sep. to Tue. 23 Sep. (10:00 – 20:00*) *closes at 17:00 on the last day.

Where: Nagoya International Center 4F (名古屋国際センター4F)

Access: Above Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)

Exhibition Cost: 500 Yen* (400 Yen with coupon which can be found on the official flyer).

Lecture Cost: 500 Yen*

Enquiries: v-nagoya@daysjapan.net

*Senior high school students and below, and Holders of a Physically Disabled Persons’ Handbook gain free entry.

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Unification of the Realm: from Nobunaga to Ieyasu

天下統一 - 信長から家康へ

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See some unique and historically significant pieces on display at this exhibition. Tools, weapons, and armor used during the warring states period when Nobunaga, Hideyoshi, and Ieyasu unified Japan with their battles.

In the process of all the battling and unification, many castles were built. As well as all the military tools and weapons, see artworks which beautifully depict the scenes of battle, and learn more about the history and the events which lead to the unification.

When: Until Sun. 28 Sep. (10:00 – 17:00). Last entry 16:30. Closed on Mondays (but open on 15 Sep.) and on Tue. 16 Sep.

Where: Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館)

Access: From Sakae, take a City Bus for Hikiyama (引山) or Shikenya (四軒家); Leaving from #3 Stop, Sakae Bus Terminal (Oasis 21). Get off at Tokugawaen Shindeki (徳川園新出来) Bus Stop.

Cost: Adults 1,200 Yen; Senior High School and College Students – 700 Yen, Elementary and Junior High School Students – 500 Yen.

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Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices 
are subject to change without notice.
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henri daros

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY, INDONESIA!

Declaration of Independence on behalf of Indonesian People, Soekarno - Hatta

Declaration of Independence on behalf of Indonesian People, Soekarno – Hatta (Photo Frans Mendur)

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Happy Independence Day, Indonesia!

DIRGAHAYU REPUBLIK INDONESIA!

1945 – 17 Agustus – 2014

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Thousands laid down their lives
so that Our Indonesia breath this day.
Never forget their sacrifice.
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Be the change you want to see in this Country
and feel proud to be a good Indonesian.

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AUGUST 2014, OUT AND ABOUT, IN NAGOYA

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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Okazaki Summer Festival 66th Fireworks Display

岡崎観光夏まつり第66回花火大会
Photo courtesy of Okazaki Tourism Bureau
Photo courtesy of Okazaki Tourism Bureau

Last year approximately 480,000 people attended this spectacular event! This is one of the most well-known fireworks in the region and is highly recommended. There’ll also be approximately 100 stalls on the day.

When: Sat. 2 Aug. (18:50 – 21:00). Will proceed in the event of rain. Will be postponed till the next day in the event of stormy weather.

Where: Otogawa River (乙川) and Yahagi River (矢作川) riversides.

Access: Higashi Okazaki (東岡崎駅) or Okazaki Koenmae Station (岡崎公園前駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線). Alternatively, go to Naka Okazaki Station (中岡崎駅) on the Aichi Loop Line (愛知環状鉄道). Approximately a 10-minute walk from either station. No parking available.

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Tookai Matsuri Fireworks Display

東海まつり花火大会

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Approximately 4,000 fireworks with 130,000 people attending last year!

When: Sat. 9 Aug. (19:20 – 20:30); 10 Aug. in the event of heavy rain.

Where: Oike Koen (大池公園), Tokai City

Access: A 15-minute walk from Otagawa Station (太田川駅) on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line (名鉄常滑線). Free temporary car park (15:00 – 22:00 / 2,000 spaces) available at local JH & elementary schools.

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Japan Rhine Summer Festival & Fireworks Display

第35回日本ライン夏まつり納涼花火大会

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With Japan’s oldest castle illuminated in the background, approximately 3,000 fireworks are launched from river boats stationed in the middle of the Kiso River. Attracting approximately 200,000 people and with around 200 market stalls in operation, you’re sure to have a fun night out.

When: Sun. 10 Aug. (19:30 – 20:20)

Where: On the banks of the Kiso River (木曽川), downstream from the Inuyamabashi Bridge (犬山橋), Inuyama City (犬山市).

Access: A short walk from Inuyama Yuen Station (犬山遊園駅) on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線); additional services will be in operation.

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48th Tokoname Yaki Matsuri and Evening Fireworks

第48回常滑焼まつり常滑納涼花火

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Watch approximately 1,500 fireworks over the seaside location of Tokoname from 19:00.

When: Sat. 23 Aug. (19:00 – 20:00). Will proceed in light rain. Details can be checked on the 常滑焼まつり website (http://www.tokonameyakimatsuri.com) or on Facebook.

Where: Tokoname City, Shinkai cho, 6 chome (常滑市新開町6丁目地内)

Access: Approximately a 10-minute walk from Tokoname Station (常滑駅) on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line (名鉄常滑線)

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The 16th Nippon Domannaka Festival

第16にっぽんど真ん中祭り
Ⓒ にっぽんど真ん中祭り
Ⓒ にっぽんど真ん中祭り

See over 200 teams & around 23,000 performers from across Japan and from around the world take over the streets of Nagoya as part of Japan’s largest dance festival. In 2010, the festival was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records for having the “Largest Naruko Dance” in the world with 9,481 participants which lasted 5 minutes and 33 seconds! Colourful and vibrant parades & performances will be held at a bunch of different locations with the main stage in the city.

When: From Fri. 29 Aug. to Sun. 31 Aug.

Where: 19 locations in and around the city, with the main stage located in Hisaya Odori Park (久屋大通公園会場) in Yabacho, close to Yabacho Station (矢場町駅) Exit 6 (6番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線). Admission is free, but main stage spectator seating is extra. Full stage information and performance times can be found on the official website.

Website: http://www.domatsuri.com/english/

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Minato International Matsuri

みなと国際交流のつどい
The 2013 Minato International Matsuri
The 2013 Minato International Matsuri

A fun and free event for all ages and nationalities! Stage performances from around the world! Learn about disaster prevention, and experience games and cuisine from across the globe. There’s also a flea market, live music, and dance performances. For any enquiries, contact vol@nic-nagoya.or.jp or call 052-581-5689.

When: Sat. 30 Aug. (15:00 – 20:00)

Where: Kyuban Danchi (九番団地), Minato Ward

Access: A 10-minute walk from Tokaidori Station (東海通駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Meiko Subway Line (地下鉄名港線).

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Multicultural Forum in Nagoya

A special forum with Nishantha and Sahel Rosa.

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When: Sat. 23 Aug. and Sun 24 Aug.Where: Nagoya International Center
Attendance: Applications open from Fri. 1 Aug.

Please visit this link (in Japanese) for full details.

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Children’s Picture Book Event in Nagoya – Let’s Have Fun with Books and Friends from Around the World!

「えほんのひろば in Nagoya」~世界の友だちと世界の本を楽しもう!

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While giving locals an opportunity to come into contact with the many varying cultures and languages around the world, this event will be supporting the multicultural children of Nagoya by giving them access to books written in their mother language.

The event is being organized by NPOs and organizations in the region, and aims to promote interaction within the community, and as a result, strengthen children’s knowledge of other cultures and languages.

Approximately 600 books will be taken to the event from the NIC Library’s extensive range of picture books. Additional activities include book readings, workshops, making business cards in other languages, and more!

When: Sat. 23 Aug. (13:00 – 18:00) and Sun. 24 Aug. (10:00 – 16:00).
Where: Nagoya YWCA @ Big Space on 2F
Access: A short walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 5 (5番出口) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Stations (地下鉄東山線/名城線)
Cost: Free. No reservations required.

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Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances

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Subscription Concerts
定期演奏会

Where: Aichi Prefectural Art Theater Concert Hall (愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール)
Access: Connected at the basement level to Oasis 21 and Sakae Subway Station (地下鉄栄駅)

The 416th Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第416回定期演奏会

Masahiko ENKOJI, Resident Conductor
Stephen HOUGH, Piano
“The First of Czech”
B. Smetana Overture to Prodaná nevesta
A. Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor, Op.33, B.63
B. Martinu Symphony No.1, H.289

When: Fri. 5 Sep. (18:45) & Sat. 6 Sep. (16:00)
Tickets: S-Seats 6,200 Yen; A-Seats 5,100 Yen; B-Seats 4,100 Yen; C-Seats 3,100 Yen; Y-Seats (only for 24 and under, on the day, at the door) 1,000 Yen. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666 (Japanese/English).


Nagoya Philharmonic Day 2014   名フィルの日2014

A chamber music ensemble by the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.
When: Sun. 3 Aug. (13:00)
Where: MS & AD Shirakawa Hall (三井住友海上しらかわホール)
Access: A short walk from Fushimi Station (伏見駅) on the Higashiyama or Tsurumai Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/鶴舞線).
Tickets: General admission 1,500 Yen; Senior HS and College Students 1,000 Yen; Junior HS and Elementary School Students 500 Yen.
Contact: Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666


Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Salon Concerts
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団サロンコンサート

Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” (名古屋市音楽プラザ)
Access: A 6-minute walk from Kanayama Station (金山駅) or an 8 minute walk from Higashibetsuin Station (東別院駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

September
Guest: Akiko IKEMURA (Viola)
When: Tue. 16 Sep. at 18:30
Cost: Free

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henri daros

SELAMAT HARI RAYA IDUL FITRI 1435 H ( 2014 M )

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Buat Segenap Kerabat dan Para Sahabat
di mana saja berada

Selamat Menutup Bulan Ramadhan 
sekaligus Menyambut Lebaran

dan terimalah ucapan ikhlas

LEBARAN.7

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Berlimpah Pahala, Bertambah Hikmah
dan Penuh Damai serta Kegembiraan
di hari-hari mendatang.

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Nagoya / Jepang
28 Juli 2014

Henri Daros

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HASIL PEMILIHAN PRESIDEN 2014 – INDONESIA

 REPUBLIK INDONESIA
Hasil Pemilihan Presiden 2014

[The Result of Indonesian Presidential Election]

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Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Presiden Terpilih & Jusuf Kalla (JK), Wakil Presiden Terpilih

Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Presiden Terpilih & Jusuf Kalla (JK), Wakil Presiden Terpilih

[ Joko Widodo, President Elect & Jusuf Kalla, Vice President Elect ]

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Akhirnya, setelah merampungkan perhitungan suara
di tingkat pusat, di Jakarta, maka pada Selasa malam tanggal 22 Juli 2014
Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) mengumumkan bahwa pemenang
Pemilihan Presiden 2014, yang populer disebut Pilpres 2014 itu,
baik yang dilaksanakan secara nasional di Indonesia pada tanggal 9 Juli
maupun pada hari-hari sebelumnya di berbagai negara,
adalah pasangan Calon Presiden (Capres) JOKO WIDODO (Jokowi)
dan Calon Wakil Presiden (Cawapres) JUSUF KALLA (JK)

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Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Presiden Terpilih

Joko Widodo (Jokowi), Presiden Terpilih

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Joko Widodo, Presiden Terpilih
( Lahir di Surakarta tanggal 21 Juni 1961 )
akan menjadi Presiden ke-7 Republik Indonesia
( 2014 – 2019 )

[ Joko Widodo will be the 7th President of Indonesia ]

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KPU mengumumkan bahwa berdasarkan hasil rekapitulasi nasional,
pasangan nomor urut satu Prabowo Subianto – Hatta Rajasa
memperoleh suara 62.576.444 atau 46,85 persen,
sedangkan pasangan nomor urut dua, Joko Widodo – Jusuf Kalla
memperoleh suara 70.997.833 atau 53,15 persen.

Adapun jumlah total suara sah adalah 133.574.277 juta.
Jadi, selisih suara antara dua pasangan tersebut adalah 8.421.398 juta
atau setara 6,3 persen.

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Joko Widodo (Jokowi & Jusuf Kalla (JK)

Joko Widodo (Jokowi) & Jusuf Kalla (JK)

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Pelantikan Joko Widodo sebagai Presiden
dan Jusuf Kalla sebagai Wakil Presiden
akan berlangsung pada tanggal 20 Oktober 2014

[The presidential inauguration will be in October 20, 2014 ]

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