NAGOYA, FEBRUARY 2016 EVENTS

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Traditional Festivals

◆The Takisanji Ogre Festival
滝山寺鬼まつり

This popular festival attracts large crowds each year. During the fire festival (from 19:45) three oni (鬼 / ogres) and dozens of torch-bearing men scurry around the main temple hallways.

When: Sat. 13 Feb. (from 15:00, the main event starts at around 19:00)

Where: Takisanji Temple (滝山寺) in Okazaki City (岡崎市)

Access: Additional temporary Meitetsu bus services will also be available from Higashi Okazaki Station (東岡崎駅) on the Meitetsu Line (名鉄本線) to the temple. Get off at Takisanji-shita (滝山寺下; 25 minutes, 380 Yen). A special park & ride shuttle bus service (200 Yen) will also be available (17:00 -19:30) from the Okazaki Municipal Athletic Ground (県営岡崎総合運動場).

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◆Toba no Himatsuri – the Fire Festival of Toba
鳥羽の火祭り

Photo courtesy of Nishio City
Photo courtesy of Nishio City

One of the most peculiar, extraordinary annual festivals in Japan, and a designated National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Event Highlights (all times approximate)

15:00 – Shin-otoko (holy men) and ministers gather at the shrine and depart for the ocean.
15:30 – In an act known as misogi, they gallantly run into the freezing cold water to purify themselves.
19:30 – The ritual before the shrine commences.
20:00 – The 5m-high suzumi bonfires are lit and the fire festival begins. Event climax – The men jump in pursuit of the holy tree and the twelve ropes in the bonfire.
20:30 – The holy tree and the twelve ropes are offered at the altar and the festival is brought to an end.

When: Sun. 14 Feb. (15:00 – 20:30)

Where: Toba Shinmeisha Shrine (鳥羽神明社) in Nishio City (西尾市)

Access: A 10-minute walk from Mikawa-Toba Station (三河鳥羽駅). From Nagoya (名古屋) take the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道線) to Gamagori (蒲郡) and change to the Meitetsu Gamagori Line (名鉄蒲郡線).

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◆Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri
国府宮はだか祭

Photo courtesy of Konomiya Shrine
Photo courtesy of Konomiya Shrine

With around 10,000 semi-naked men participating, this is one of the oldest and largest “Hadaka Matsuri” in Japan, attracting some 200,000 spectators each year. The flock of naked men rush to the hall of worship, energetically presenting an offering of naoi-sasa (なおい笹 / green bamboo tied with pieces of cloth [naoi-gire / なおい布] on which men and women unable to participate write their ages and wishes). The climax takes place around 17:00, when the bare-skinned men swarm on the one man designated the Shin-otoko (神男), in the belief that touching him will rid them of misfortune.

When: Sat. 20 Feb. (15:00 – 18:00)

Where: Konomiya Shrine (国府宮神社) in Inazawa City (稲沢市)

Access: A 3-min. walk from the north exit of Konomiya Stn. (国府宮駅), Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (名鉄名古屋本線); or a 15-min. walk from Inazawa Stn. (稲沢駅), JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道本線).

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◆Hanamatsuri
花祭

Photo courtesy of Toei Town
Photo courtesy of Toei Town

The Hanamatsuri (lit. ‘flower festival’) is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, observed from November to March in picturesque Toei Town in the mountains of the Oku-Mikawa region bordering Shizuoka Prefecture.
Said to have been introduced to the area by mountain ascetics during the Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1336-1573) periods, the festivities include appearances from oni (demons) and shishi (mythical lion-like creatures). A variety of the shimotsuki-kagura (霜月神楽) ritual dances performed around the winter solstice to pray for the revival of the sun’s power, the ritual performances have been passed from generation to generation around the Tenryu River for over 700 years. Around 40 different dances and rituals are performed through the night, praying for harmony between the gods and men, bumper harvests, and good health.

When: November to March. Check website for details.

Where: Various locations in Toei Town (東栄町)

Access: Approximately 20-50 minutes by car from the Horaikyo Interchange (鳳来峡IC) on the San-En Nanshin Expressway (三遠南信自動車道).

Website: http://www.town.toei.aichi.jp/hana/top/top.html (Japanese; features a link to download a detailed English booklet, The World of the Hanamatsuri.)

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Hina Matsuri (Dolls Festival) Events

◆Fukuyose-Hina Gathering ~ Fukuyose-Hina Project
福よせ雛大集合~福よせ雛プロジェクト

Seeking to give unwanted hina dolls a ‘second life’ and promote tourism and vitality in Nagoya and the Chubu region, the Fukuyose-Hina Project began in 2011. This year’s event will take place at venues in and around
Nagoya, Toyota Inabu, and Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture. While hina dolls are usually dressed and arranged in very formal, traditional settings, at the exhibition you can see hina dolls shopping, emperor dolls cradling babies, ladies-in-waiting competing in an athletic event, imperial court musicians enjoying a drinking session, and other entertaining situations.
The exhibition will be held at other venues in addition to those listed below.
Check the website or Facebook page for details.

Where & when:

• Bunka no Michi Futabakan Mon. 8 Feb. – Sun. 14 Feb.
• Nagoya Castle Sat. 27 Feb. – Sun. 13 Mar.
• Chubu International Airport Centrair Fri. 5 Feb. – Mon. 21 Mar.
• Nakamura Police Station Wed. 24 Feb. – Thu. 31 Mar.
• E-Able Nagoya Tue. 16 Feb. – Mon. 14 Mar.
• Higashiyama Sky Tower Tue. 16 Feb. – Sun. 6 Mar.
• Toyota City Inabu Donguri Kobo Sat. 6 Feb. – Sun. 3 Apr.
• Gujo Hachiman Shitamachi Sat. 6 Feb. – Sun. 3 Apr.

Website: http://www.shakaibunka.jp/ (Japanese)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hukuyosehina (Japanese)

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◆Seto no O-Hina Meguri
瀬戸のお雛めぐり

Photo courtesy of Seto Marutto Museum / Tourism Association
Photo courtesy of Seto Marutto Museum / Tourism Association

Famed for its ceramics, Seto City is hosting its 15th annual hina doll-themed event. A four-meter tall “Hinamid” (hina pyramid), consisting of around 800 individual glass and ceramic hina dolls, is on display at the Seto-Gura, hina dolls adorn galleries in the surrounding area, and the town is colorfully decorated. Visitors can enjoy activities such as making a Seto ware hina doll, enjoy special o-hina lunches and sweets, and much more.

When: Sat. 30 Jan. to Sun. 6 Mar.

Where: Seto-Gura (瀬戸蔵) and surrounding areas in Seto City (瀬戸市)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Owari Seto Station (尾張瀬戸駅) on the Meitetsu Seto Line (名鉄瀬戸線)

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Plum Blossoms

 Agricultural Center Weeping Plum Blossom Festival
農業センター しだれ梅まつり

The Agricultural Center is home to one of the largest weeping plum blossom gardens in Japan, with 12 varieties and around 700 individual trees. Check the state of the plum blossoms before you go, on the Agricultural Center’s Facebook page.

When: Thu. 25 Feb. to Mon. 21 Mar. (National holiday) (9:00 – 16:30) Dates may change depending on the state of the plum blossoms.

Where: Agricultural Center (農業センター), Tempaku Ward (天白区)

Access: A 20-minute walk from Hirabari (平針駅) or Akaike (赤池) Stations on the subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線); By bus: From Hirabari take the City Bus for Chikatetsu Hara (地下鉄原) to Nogyo Senta Kita (農業センター北)
bus stop, walk for 5 minutes. From Akaike take the Meitetsu Bus for Yufukuji (祐福寺) or Zengo (前後) to Araike (荒池) bus stop, walk for 6 minutes.

Parking: 500 Yen for cars, 150 Yen for motorbikes and scooters.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noucenter (Japanese)

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Food

◆Ramen Matsuri in Nagoya 2016
ラーメンまつりin名古屋2016

Photo courtesy of Chukyo TV. Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Chukyo TV. Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

Ramen lovers, rejoice! Take yourself on a regional ramen road trip, without leaving Sakae, as ramen stalls, carefully selected from all over Japan, descend once again on Nagoya. Be sure to buy a ramen ticket, which can be exchanged for ramen at any stall, before ordering.

When: Wed. 10 Feb. to Sun. 14 Feb. (10:00 – 20:30; 10:00 – 19:30 on 14 Feb.; Last order 30 minutes before closing.)

Where: Hisaya Hiroba (久屋広場) in Hisaya Odori Park (久屋大通公園), Sakae (栄)

Access: A 1-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station (矢場町駅), Exit 6 (6番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: Free. Ramen tickets (can be used at any stall) 850 Yen.

Website: http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/ramen/ (Japanese)

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Other Events

 Dinosaur Park Juraguna
恐竜パークジュラグーナ

Photo courtesy of Laguna Ten Bosch
Photo courtesy of Laguna Ten Bosch

A special event at the Laguna Ten Bosch amusement park, Lagunasia, where dinosaur lovers of all ages can not only enjoy digging for fossils, studying Tyrannosauruses and eating dinosaur-shaped burgers, but also experience the thrill of encountering dinosaurs up close in the “Phantom of Dinosaur” dinosaur show!

When: Until Tue. 5 Apr. (Lagunasia opening hours: Weekdays 10:00 – 21:00; Weekends and national holidays 10:00 – 22:00 [varies depending on season]. Phantom of Dinosaur: Sat., Sun. and national holidays at 11:00, 12:30, 14:30 [around 20 min. per session]. Fossil Excavation Experience, Fossil Excavation Base, Tyrannosaurus Lab and Dinosaur Forest [Juraguna Passport required]: Weekdays 10:00 – 17:00; Weekends and national holidays 10:00 – 18:00; Last entry 30 min. before closing.)

Where: Lagunasia (ラグナシア) at Laguna Ten Bosch (ラグーナテンボス) in Gamagori City (蒲郡市)

Access: A 15-minute free shuttle bus ride from Gamagori Station (蒲郡駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR 東海道本線). Shuttle buses depart every half hour from 8:00 until 22:30 from Stop 7. (Times may be subject to change; Check website.)

Admission: Adults (Junior HS students upwards) 2,150 Yen; Elementary school students 1,200 Yen; Children (age 3 and up) 700 Yen. Juraguna Passport (600 Yen) required for certain Juraguna attractions. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Circle K and Sunkus stores. Shakashaka Excavation Plaza 600 Yen extra.

Lagunasia website: http://www.lagunatenbosch.co.jp/laguna/english/index.html

Juraguna event website: http://www.lagunatenbosch.co.jp/event/2015/dino/index.html#01 (Japanese)

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Nagoya Auto Trend
ナゴヤ オートトレンド

Photo courtesy of Nagoya Auto Trend
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Auto Trend

If you love cars, this is the show for you. Japan’s major auto manufacturers and independent workshops will be displaying their very own custom-built cars in this annual car show. This year, the Nagoya Cycle Trend 2016 event will be held at the same time.

When: Sat. 27 and Sun. 28 Feb. 10:00-17:00

Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).

Admission: 2,300 (2,000) Yen for adults, 800 (500) Yen for elementary school students. Prices in ( ) are for advance tickets available at Circle K and Sunkus stores. Up to two preschoolers may enter for free with an adult.

Website: http://www.n-autotrend.com/ (Japanese)

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Winter and Illumination Events

◆Centrair Sky Story by NAKED – Mapping Illumination –
セントレアスカイストーリーbyネイキッド ~マッピングイルミネーション~

Photo courtesy of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.

Centrair’s annual illumination this year is a collaboration with Ryotaro Muramatsu, CEO of NAKED Inc., producers of numerous projection mapping spectacles around Japan, and their first sensory illumination event in the Tokai region.
A grand tale of the wind, projected by 3D projection mapping onto a 3.8m-high book, will draw you into the world of the story. See the unfolding story of the spirit born of the seasonal winds from Mount Ibuki traveling around the world and meeting the many varied expressions of the sky, taking off from the sky over Centrair and encountering the Milky Way, the aurora, meteors, snow and more.

When: Until Thu. 31 Mar. (17:30 – 22:30; 18:00 – 22:30 from mid-Feb. [to be confirmed])

Where: Chubu International Airport Centrair Passenger Terminal Building 4F Sky Deck

Access: Central Japan International Airport Station (中部国際空港駅) on the Meitetsu Airport Line (名鉄空港線)

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.centrair.jp/en/

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◆City Light Fantasia by NAKED -Nagoya TV Tower-
シティライトファンテイジアbyネイキッド

Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower
Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower

Enjoy the night view from the Nagoya TV Tower augmented by projection mapping, thanks to a special transparent film applied to the Sky Deck windows which allows imagery to be projected on them.
Following on from summer’s popular ‘City Light Fantasia by NAKED – Kaleidoscope Fireworks in the Starry Sky,’ the theme of this attraction is ‘Sky Aquarium – Aquarium in the Starry Sky.’ See a strange world unfold where dreams and reality merge; a fantastic world of sea creatures projected onto the night sky.

When: Until Sun. 14 Feb. (until Thu. 31 Dec. 18:00 – 22:00; Fri. 1 Jan. to Sun. 14 Feb. 18:00 – 21:00)

Where: Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔) Sky Deck observation deck (スカイデッキ), Naka Ward (中区)

Access: A 3-minute walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 3 or 4 (3・4番出口) on the Meijo and Higashiyama Subway Lines (地下鉄名城・東山線)

Admission: Adults (Senior HS students and over) 1,000 Yen; Children (Junior HS and Elementary school students) 500 Yen.

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◆Toyota Home Rink
トヨタホームリンク

Image courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Image courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network

Enjoy the fun of ice skating, without the ice, in the middle of Sakae! Toyota Home Rink uses patented American-made interlocked resin sheets called “Super-Glide” instead of ice, which makes it easier for beginners to stand – and if you fall, you won’t get cold and wet! This year’s attraction features an all-new illumination and interactive projection mapping on the rink that kids will love! Great fun for families and couples.

When: Until Sun. 28 Feb. (Weekdays 13:00 – 20:00; Sat., Sun., national holidays and 24 Dec. to 6 Jan. 10:00 – 20:00)

Where: Oasis 21 (オアシス21) in Sakae (栄)

Access: Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山・名城線)

Admission: Weekdays – Junior HS students and older 900 Yen; Elementary school students and younger 500 Yen. Weekends and holidays – Junior HS students and older 1,200 Yen; Elementary school students and younger 500 Yen. Prices include skate rental. Own skates not permitted. Gloves must be worn on the rink. Weekday Half-Price Discounts: ① Groups of three or more students (student ID cards required). ② Two or more people (Junior HS students and over) who enter after 17:00. ③ Ladies (Junior HS students and over) on Fridays (all day, except during the winter holiday season).

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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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HARI LIBUR UMUM BULAN FEBRUARI 2016

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KOKUMIN-NO-SHUKUJITSU / PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
JAPAN & INDONESIA
FEBRUARY 2016

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JEPANG / JAPAN

11 Februari
Mokuyoobi / Kamis / Thursday )

Kenkoku Kinen no Hi
[ Hari Peletakan Dasar Bangsa / National Foundation Day ]

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INDONESIA

8 Februari
Senin / Getsuyoobi / Monday )

 Hari Tahun Baru Imlek 2567
Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day ]

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KETIKA KAMPUS KEMBALI MEMUTIH

THE FIRST SNOWFALL IN NAGOYA, JAPAN, WINTER 2016
WHITE PANORAMA OF NANZAN CAMPUS
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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NAGOYA, JANUARY 2016 EVENTS

JANUARY 2016 EVENTS
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Nagoya Philharmonic
Upcoming Performances

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Subscription Concerts
定期演奏会

The 431st Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第431回定期演奏会

Tadaaki OTAKA, Conductor
“Metamorphosis”
R. Strauss Metamorphosen - Study for 23 Solo Strings, AV.142
A. Bruckner Symphony No.9 in D minor [L. Nowak Original Version]

When: Fri. 15 Jan. (18:45) and Sat. 16 Jan. (16:00)

Where: Aichi Prefectural Arts 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 (栄駅).

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 432nd Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第432回定期演奏会

Rory MACDONALD, Conductor
Ramón ORTEGA QUERO, Oboe
“Reorganization”
L. Janacek [arr. C. Mackerras] Suite from the Opera “The Cunning Little Vixen”
B. Martinu Oboe Concerto, H.353
A. Dvorák Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88, B.163

When: Fri. 19 Feb. (18:45) and Sat. 20 Feb. (16:00)

Where: Aichi Prefectural Arts 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 (栄駅).

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).

Inquiries: Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide 052-339-5666

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Traditional Events

◆January at Atsuta Shrine
熱田神宮の1月行事

・Tokashinji 踏歌神事

Said to draw from court rituals of the Heian period, ritual dancers decorate their headwear with cherry blossoms and dance as the earth begins to show signs of the coming spring in this Shinto ritual to pray for the removal of misfortune and invite good fortune.

When: Mon. 11 Jan. (from 10:00 and 13:00)

・Hoshashinji 歩射神事

A traditional Shinto ritual held annually at Atsuta Shrine. Three pairs of Shinto priests take turns shooting arrows at a target. A total of 36 arrows are shot, when the last arrow hits the target, spectators rush to pick up pieces of the target that the arrows broke up as it is believed that bits of the target help keep away bad luck.

When: Fri. 15 Jan. (from 13:00)

Where: Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮), in Atsuta Ward (熱田区)

Access: A 3-minute walk from Jingu-mae Station (神宮前駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線); or an 8-minute walk from Atsuta Station (熱田駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道線); or a 7-minute walk from Jingu Nishi Station (神宮西駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線).

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◆Dairyūji Temple: Hatsu-Kannon Daruma Kuyō
大龍寺「初観音 だるま供養」

Daruma Daishi (達磨大師 / Bodhidharma) is worshipped at Dairyūji Temple due to his influence on the revival of the temple around 500 years ago. When the building was destroyed in the Nobi Earthquake in the Meiji period, too, the priest prayed to Daruma Daishi for its reconstruction, and it was reestablished over a period of 20 years.
Today, the temple offers prayer Daruma figures (祈願だるま), avatars of Daruma Daishi, each one bearing a prayer slip so that the recipient’s prayers might be fulfilled.
During the Hatsu-Kannon Daruma Kuyō, the temple is filled with people returning Daruma who have helped with their prayers, and receiving new ones. After a prayer meeting at 10:00, the Daruma Kuyō (Daruma burning ceremony) is held solemnly from 13:00. The used Daruma are piled up, and burned on a bamboo fire to chanting as sutras are recited. Around 10,000 Daruma are burned over the afternoon. With around 100 street stalls, the event is sure to be an enjoyable day out for families.

When: Sun. 17 Jan. (9:00 – 17:00)

Where: Dairyūji Temple (大龍寺) in Gifu City (岐阜市) Awano (粟野) 2339

Access: From the bus terminal in front of JR Gifu Station (JR岐阜駅), take the Gifu Bus bound for Takatomi (高富) departing from Stop 12, and alight at the Takatomi-Dairyūji-mae (高富大竜寺前) stop; From outside Meitetsu Gifu Station (名鉄岐阜駅), take the Gifu Bus bound for Takatomi departing from Stop 4, and alight at Takatomi-Dairyuji-mae.

Website: http://www.dairyuji.com/ (Japanese)

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◆Osu Kannon Setsubun Ship Parade
大須観音節分会

Setsubun (節分) is the last day before the first day of spring on the old Japanese calendar. Each year at Nagoya’s Osu Kannon Temple a special stage is set up just for a mamemaki (豆まき) bean-scattering ceremony. Prior to this, a parade procession featuring the takarabune (宝船 / treasure ship) and the seven gods of fortune, departs Sakae Intersection at 13:18 and arrives at Osu Kannon at 15:00.

When: Wed. 3 Feb. (10:00 – 18:00)

Where: Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音)

Access: A short walk from Osu Kannon Station (大須観音駅) Exit 2 (2番出口) on the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線)

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◆Hanamatsuri
花祭

Photo courtesy of Toei Town
Photo courtesy of Toei Town

The Hanamatsuri (lit. ‘flower festival’) is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, observed from November to March in picturesque Toei Town in the mountains of the Oku-Mikawa region bordering Shizuoka Prefecture.
Said to have been introduced to the area by mountain ascetics during the Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1336-1573) periods, the festivities include appearances from oni (demons) and shishi (mythical lion-like creatures). A variety of the shimotsuki-kagura (霜月神楽) ritual dances performed around the winter solstice to pray for the revival of the sun’s power, the ritual performances have been passed from generation to generation around the Tenryu River for over 700 years. Around 40 different dances and rituals are performed through the night, praying for harmony between the gods and men, bumper harvests, and good health.

When: November to March. Check website for details.

Where: Various locations in Toei Town (東栄町)

Access: Approximately 20-50 minutes by car from the Horaikyo Interchange (鳳来峡IC) on the San-En Nanshin Expressway (三遠南信自動車道).

Website: http://www.town.toei.aichi.jp/hana/top/top.html (Japanese; features a link to download a detailed English booklet, The World of the Hanamatsuri.)

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Winter and Illumination Events

◆Centrair Sky Story by NAKED – Mapping Illumination –
セントレアスカイストーリーbyネイキッド ~マッピングイルミネーション~

Photo courtesy of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.

Centrair’s annual illumination this year is a collaboration with Ryotaro Muramatsu, CEO of NAKED Inc., producers of numerous projection mapping spectacles around Japan, and their first sensory illumination event in the Tokai region.
A grand tale of the wind, projected by 3D projection mapping onto a 3.8m-high book, will draw you into the world of the story. See the unfolding story of the spirit born of the seasonal winds from Mount Ibuki traveling around the world and meeting the many varied expressions of the sky, taking off from the sky over Centrair and encountering the Milky Way, the aurora, meteors, snow and more.

When: Until Thu. 31 Mar. (17:30 – 22:30; 18:00 – 22:30 from mid-Feb. [to be confirmed])

Where: Chubu International Airport Centrair Passenger Terminal Building 4F Sky Deck

Access: Central Japan International Airport Station (中部国際空港駅) on the Meitetsu Airport Line (名鉄空港線)

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.centrair.jp/en/

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◆Denpark Winter Festival
デンパーク「ウィンターフェスティバル」

Denpark is a park featuring a recreation of a Danish streetscape in Anjo City, popular with families, couples and flower lovers in any season. In addition to some 300,000 individual lights twinkling throughout the gardens, Winter Festival attractions include the Aqua Illusion Show featuring a laser-illuminated fountain (every hour from 17:00 – 20:00), a fireworks show (at 20:30 every Sat. and Sun. in Dec., every day 23 Dec. to 27 Dec. and 2 Jan. to 5 Jan.) and a Christmas market.

When: Until Tue. 5 Jan. (9:30 – 21:00) Closed Tuesdays (except 22 Dec. and 5 Jan.); also closed 28 Dec. to 1 Jan.

Where: Denpark (安城産業文化公園デンパーク) in Anjo City (安城市)

Access: From Anjo Station (安城駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道線), take the Ankuru Bus (あんくるバス) Circuit Line (循環線, 0), and change to the Nanbu Line (南部線, 3) at Anjo Kosei Byoin (安城更生病院), get off at the Denpark (デンパーク) bus stop (approx. 25 minutes, 200 Yen). From Sakurai Station (桜井駅) on the Meitetsu Nishio Line (名鉄西尾線), take the Ankuru Bus Sakurai Nishi Line (桜井西線, 9) and get off at the Denpark bus stop (approx. 8 minutes, 100 Yen).

Admission: Adults 600 Yen, Junior HS and Elementary School Students 300 Yen, Seniors (over 65) 480 yen. Some attractions, activities and rides charged separately.

Website: http://denpark.jp/

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◆City Light Fantasia by NAKED -Nagoya TV Tower-
シティライトファンテイジアbyネイキッド

Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower
Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower

Enjoy the night view from the Nagoya TV Tower augmented by projection mapping, thanks to a special transparent film applied to the Sky Deck windows which allows imagery to be projected on them.
Following on from summer’s popular ‘City Light Fantasia by NAKED – Kaleidoscope Fireworks in the Starry Sky,’ the theme of this attraction is ‘Sky Aquarium – Aquarium in the Starry Sky.’ See a strange world unfold where dreams and reality merge; a fantastic world of sea creatures projected onto the night sky.

When: Until Sun. 14 Feb. (until Thu. 31 Dec. 18:00 – 22:00; Fri. 1 Jan. to Sun. 14 Feb. 18:00 – 21:00)

Where: Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔) Sky Deck observation deck (スカイデッキ), Naka Ward (中区)

Access: A 3-minute walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 3 or 4 (3・4番出口) on the Meijo and Higashiyama Subway Lines (地下鉄名城・東山線)

Admission: Adults (Senior HS students and over) 1,000 Yen; Children (Junior HS and Elementary school students) 500 Yen.

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◆Toyota Home Rink
トヨタホームリンク

Image courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Image courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network

Enjoy the fun of ice skating, without the ice, in the middle of Sakae! Toyota Home Rink uses patented American-made interlocked resin sheets called “Super-Glide” instead of ice, which makes it easier for beginners to stand – and if you fall, you won’t get cold and wet! This year’s attraction features an all-new illumination and interactive projection mapping on the rink that kids will love! Great fun for families and couples.

When: Until Sun. 28 Feb. (Weekdays 13:00 – 20:00; Sat., Sun., national holidays and 24 Dec. to 6 Jan. 10:00 – 20:00)

Where: Oasis 21 (オアシス21) in Sakae (栄)

Access: Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山・名城線)

Admission: Weekdays – Junior HS students and older 900 Yen; Elementary school students and younger 500 Yen. Weekends and holidays – Junior HS students and older 1,200 Yen; Elementary school students and younger 500 Yen. Prices include skate rental. Own skates not permitted. Gloves must be worn on the rink. Weekday Half-Price Discounts: ① Groups of three or more students (student ID cards required). ② Two or more people (Junior HS students and over) who enter after 17:00. ③ Ladies (Junior HS students and over) on Fridays (all day, except during the winter holiday season).

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 Winter Party – An International Exchange Event
国際交流イベント「ウィンター・パーティー」

Providing Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting, this event features recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese winter culture. See a koto (Japanese harp) performance, and experience playing one. A buffet-style light meal will be available. Reservations are essential.

When: Sun. 17 Jan. (18:30 – 20:30)

Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall

Access: Click here

Admission: Foreign residents 1,000 Yen; Japanese nationals 2,000 Yen

Reservations / Inquiries: NPO International Cross Culture Promotion Center, phone: 080-1559-9744; e-mail: international0317_npo@yahoo.co.jp

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The 10th Nagoya Chinese New Year Festival
第10回名古屋中国春節祭

Photos courtesy of The Nagoya Chinese New Year Executive Committee
Photo courtesy of The Nagoya Chinese New Year Executive Committee

See, smell, & hear one of Japan’s biggest traditional Chinese New Year events with a wide selection of Chinese cuisine, foodstuffs, and products, as well as the lion and dragon dance, performing arts, martial arts demonstrations, and onstage traditional music and dance.

When: Sat. 9 Jan. (11:00 – 17:00), Sun. 10 Jan. and Mon. 11 Jan. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Hisaya Hiroba (久屋広場) in Hisaya Odori Park (久屋大通公園), Sakae (栄)

Access: A 1-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station (矢場町駅) Exit 5 (5番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線), or a 3-minute walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 16 (16番出口) on the Meijo and Higashiyama Subway Lines (地下鉄名城線・東山線)

Admission: Free

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◆Ramen Matsuri in Nagoya 2016
ラーメンまつりin名古屋2016

Photo courtesy of Chukyo TV. Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Chukyo TV. Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

Ramen lovers, rejoice! Take yourself on a regional ramen road trip, without leaving Sakae, as ramen stalls, carefully selected from all over Japan, descend once again on Nagoya. Be sure to buy a ramen ticket, which can be exchanged for ramen at any stall, before ordering.

When: Wed. 10 Feb. to Sun. 14 Feb. (10:00 – 20:30; 10:00 – 19:30 on 14 Feb.; Last order 30 minutes before closing.)

Where: Hisaya Hiroba (久屋広場) in Hisaya Odori Park (久屋大通公園), Sakae (栄)

Access: A 1-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station (矢場町駅), Exit 6 (6番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: Free. Ramen tickets (can be used at any stall) 850 Yen.

Website: http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/ramen/ (Japanese)

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Other Events

◆Popcul 5
ぽぷかる5

Photo courtesy of Aichi Prefecture
Photo courtesy of Aichi Prefecture

Popcul 5 is an event where everyone can enjoy encounters with Japanese pop culture. See live performances featuring pop culture-related artists, displays and sales of artwork, and a Popcul cafe will also be open. There’s also a collection of itasha (痛車 / cars decorated with female animation and game characters), and cosplayers can cosplay around the designated cosplay areas. This year’s event will be held concurrently with the Japan Popculture Award (JPA). The search is on for future leaders of the pop culture industry, with exhibits and awards for outstanding creations. Feel the pop culture!

When: Sat. 9 Jan. and Sun. 10 Jan. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park (Moricoro Park) (愛・地球博記念公園[モリコロパーク]) in Nagakute City (長久手市)

Access: From Fujigaoka Station (藤が丘駅) on the Higashiyama Subway Line (地下鉄東山線), change to the Linimo Line (リニモ) and get off at Ai・Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen Station (愛・地球博記念公園駅)

Admission: Free; Charges apply for some areas.

Website: http://popcul.jp (Japanese)

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◆Dome Asobo World
ドーム遊ぼワールド

This popular New Year event is back, and even better than before. This year’s theme is “courage and challenge.” Sky Slider Monster is a 45-meter-long slide you can speed down from the 3rd floor of Nagoya Dome. Brave Jump, making its first appearance at this event, is a thrill-filled attraction where you put on a harness and leap from a 9-meter-high tower. And there are lots of other attractions for children to try. There will also be 20 popular inflatable attractions.
Come play at the nice, warm Dome in the New Year!

When: Sat. 2 Jan. to Tue. 5 Jan. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Nagoya Dome (ナゴヤドーム) in Higashi Ward (東区)

Access: A 5-minute walk from the Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station (ナゴヤドーム前矢田) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: 800 Yen for everyone over 2 years old; Children under 2 and Seniors (60 and over) free. Play tickets 100 Yen each, or 1,000 Yen for 10.Advance sale admission tickets (600 Yen), and admission tickets with 16 play tickets (2,000 Yen) available from Circle K and Sunkus stores.

Website: http://www.tv-aichi.co.jp/dome-asobo/2016/ (Japanese)

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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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(NIC Events Information)
Henri Daros

HARI LIBUR UMUM BULAN JANUARI 2016

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KOKUMIN-NO-SHUKUJITSU / PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
JAPAN & INDONESIA
JANUARY 2016

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JEPANG / JAPAN

1 Januari
Kinyoobi / Jumat / Friday )

Gantan
[ Hari Tahun Baru / New Year’s Day ]

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11 Januari
( Getsuyoobi / Senin / Monday )

Seijin no Hi
( Hari Usia Akil Balig / Coming-of-Age Day )

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INDONESIA

1 Januari
Jumat / Kinyoobi / Friday )

 Hari Tahun Baru
Gantan / New Year’s Day ]

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SELAMAT TAHUN BARU – 2016 – HAPPY NEW YEAR

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SELAMAT TAHUN BARU 2016
[ HAPPY NEW YEAR ]

New is the year,
New are the hopes,
New is the resolution,
New are the spirits,
And new are my warm wishes
and heartfelt prayer
for Everyone.

Have a promising and fulfilling
New Year!

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TERIMA KASIH / THANK YOU 2015

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TERIMA KASIH / THANKS

Thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve.
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Thanks to Everyone who has been part of my life’s journey.

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I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks,
and ever thanks.
[ William Shakespeare, Twelth Night, Act 3, Scene 3 ]

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ANEKA ‘WAJAH NATAL’ DI KAMPUS NANZAN

ANEKA ‘WAJAH NATAL’ DI KAMPUS NANZAN, NAGOYA
[ A Variety of Christmas Profile, Nanzan Campus, Nagoya / Japan ]

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‘Bright Christmas’, when the days are pretty sunny … ; Christmas 2015 (Photo Henri Daros)

Tradisi ‘Kandang Natal’ (Christmas Stable) serta ‘Palung Natal’-nya (Christmas Manger), dalam ukuran besar, di tepi jalan utama yang membelah Kampus Nanzan tetap berlanjut dari tahun ke tahun. Sederhana, dan ada aneka nuansa, masing-masing punya afmosfer  berbeda, sebagaimana tampak dalam gambar-gambar di halaman ini.
Seperti biasa, selalu ada orang
yang mampir membidiknya, baik
siang maupun malam.

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‘White Christmas’, when Christmas Stable was under snowfall … ; Christmas 2014 (Photo Henri Daros)

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‘Silent Christmas’, when the days are quiet and cold … ; Christmas 2012 (Photo Henri Daros)

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‘Delightful Christmas’, when Japanese children curiously and innocently asked their parents who’s the baby lying in the manger … ; Christmas 2010 (Photo Henri Daros)

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Christmas Manger at the entrance of Nanzan Library; Christmas 2004 (Photo Henri Daros)

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Christmas Manger at Logos Center Chapel, Logos Center Bldg, Nanzan University, Nagoya/Japan (Photo Henri Daros)

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”Wishing You All A Very Merry Christmas” 
Sunday of the Holy Family
[ Joseph, Mary and Baby Jesus ]

Nagoya, December 27, 2015
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SELAMAT NATAL / MERRY CHRISTMAS 2015

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DIA TINGGAL DI ANTARA KITA 
HE LIVED AMONG US
(John 1:14)

[ SALAM NATAL, SALAM SOLIDARITAS! ]
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Peristiwa Natal kembali menantang kita dengan pesan radikalnya. Panggilan untuk lebih peduli, terlibat, berpihak dan berjuang demi kemanusiaan dalam segala wujud eksistensinya. Rahmat Natal jugalah yang akan menuntun kita.

“MERRY CHRISTMAS”
SELAMAT NATAL BUAT ANDA SEMUA 

DI MANA SAJA BERADA

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Christmas Manger / Christmas Stable 2015, Nanzan Campus, Nagoya / Japan (Photo Henri Daros)

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Nagoya / Japan, December 25, 2015

Henri Daros

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‘SILENT NIGHT’, FROM OBERNDORF FOR THE WORLD

 

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The Silent Night Memorial Chapel is seen in the Austrian village of Oberndorf in 2003. It stands on the site of St. Nikolaus Church, where Christmas Carol ‘Silent Night! Holy Night!’ was heard for the first time on Christmas Eve in 1818. | AFP-JIJI

Once A Village Ditty, ‘Silent Night’ Now Lulls World At Christmas

The Japan Times
December 22, 2015 / AFP-JIJI

 

When “Silent Night” was born in Austria almost 200 years ago, those present had little idea that the Christmas carol would one day be sung the world over, including this year by Miley Cyrus and some Swedish goats.

Such though was the destiny of “Stille Nacht,” premiered to a modest church congregation of ship laborers and their families in this small town in Austria on Christmas Eve, 1818.

The words, since translated into more than 300 languages and dialects — including Japanese, Welsh and Farsi — had been written as a poem by a priest, Joseph Mohr, in 1816, a time of great suffering in the wake of Europe’s Napoleonic wars.

Two years later, Mohr asked his friend stationed in a nearby village, the organist, choirmaster and schoolteacher Franz Xaver Gruber, to compose a tune.

When Gruber duly obliged on December 24, the two men decided to sing it together that very evening at mass in Oberndorf church.

The organ was broken, according to legend because of nibbling mice, so Mohr played guitar.

Many years later in his 1854 “Authentic Account of the Origin of the Christmas Carol, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night!,’ ” Gruber recalled there was “general approval by all.”

This approval would snowball, although it is a bit of a mystery how exactly the song then spread.

It is thought that a key role was played by one Carl Mauracher, a master organ builder and repair man, who took the song back home to the Zillertal valley in the Tyrol region.

There it was adopted by two traveling singing groups, the Rainer Singers and the Strasser Siblings, who performed around Europe and beyond — including in the Rainers’ case in the United States.

“They were the pop stars of the time,” said Anna Holzner from the Silent Night museum — home today to Mohr’s guitar — in Hallein, where Gruber lived until his death in 1863.

An English version of the German original soon followed, and by the end of the 19th century it was being sung on all continents, its spread helped by Christian missionaries.

During World War I, legend has it that German and British soldiers in opposing trenches sang it at Christmas 1914, its call for peace sounding out over no man’s land during a famous truce.

Since then the song has been recorded many hundreds of times by the likes of Bing Crosby — to huge success — and Elvis Presley, without forgetting John Denver with the Muppets and gravel-voiced satanic German rockers Erloesung.

This year, along with Cyrus’, comes a new version bleated by goats released by the Swedish branch of charity Action Aid — part of an album entitled “All I want for Christmas is a Goat.”

Today, Mohr and Gruber are honored in around a dozen sites locally, including in Oberndorf and in Hochburg-Ach, Gruber’s birthplace where for the past 10 years locals have performed a special play every Christmas.

“In my country this song is sung in 20 or 30 different languages,” said Sally, 45, a bus driver in Salzburg originally from Ghana, one of several people performing the song in different languages in the play.

The original Oberndorf church — along with its pesky mice — was demolished at the beginning of the 20th century after being damaged by floods. Today in its place stands a small chapel.

With stained glass windows depicting Mohr and Gruber, every December 24 thousands of people gather outside for a Christmas ceremony, including of course a rendition of “Silent Night.”

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Source: The Japan Times
AFP-JIJI / December 22, 2015

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‘STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT’
Vienna Boys Choir / Die Wiener Sängerknaben 1967

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