GEMERLAP DESEMBER (2012), LAGI-LAGI
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Star☆Light Revue 2012
In the Tsudoi Plaza at the Port of Nagoya a huge, 15m-high Christmas tree and over 45,000 illuminations will be lit up each night between 17:00 and 22:00 until December 25. The “Starlight Hanabi” – a 30-minute winter firework display launched over the ocean and set to music – is on December 24 (19:00 – 19:30). Both events are free!
The Free Hills Jazz Orchestra will also be performing a special Christmas concert on December 24 from 18:00 – 18:30 & 20:00 – 20:30.
- Access: A 2 minute walk from Nagoyako Subway Station, exit 3. 550 parking spaces available (30 mins 100, max 1000 Yen). Parking is not available on December 24.
- Photo: Courtesy of the Winter Festival Organizing Committee.
The Glory Gospel Singers from New York
An exciting special Christmas show from the Glory Gospel Singers of New York. Songs will include Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day, White Christmas, Silent Night, I Will Follow Him, Shout, and Carrying You.
- Wednesday, December 12 (19:00) in Kariya Cultural Center 刈谷市総合文化センター – connected by a covered footbridge to JR・Meitetsu Kariya Station’s South Exit.
- Thursday, December 13 (19:00) in Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater, Large Hall 愛知県芸術劇場大ホール – located in the Aichi Arts Center (connected to Oasis 21 at the basement level) in Sakae.
- Tickets: All reserved seats – S-seat 7000 Yen, A-seat 5500 Yen. Available with P-code 177-961 from Circle K & Sunkus stores, Seven Eleven, and Ticket Pia, or with L-codes 40870 (Kariya) & 40871 (Nagoya) at Lawson.
- Student ticket 2500 Yen – call 052-957-3333 (weekdays 09:30 – 17:30) for details of how to apply.
- Photo: Courtesy of Chukyo TV Broadcasting.
Sending New Year’s Post Cards (Nengajo) Overseas
In Japan it is custom to send New Year’s postcards (年賀状 nengajo) to friends and relatives, similar to the Western custom of sending Christmas cards. Nengajo are sold at post offices and convenience stores until the 2nd week of January, both blank cards for self-decoration and pre-designed cards – traditionally decorated to show the new zodiac sign (2013 is the year of the snake) – are available. Nengajo mailed before December 25 to addresses in Japan are delivered by the post office on January 1st. Blanks card cost 50 Yen each.
Did you know that New Year’s post cards issued by Japan Post can be sent overseas with an additional 20 Yen postage stamp? Sending a large number of Christmas cards to family and friends overseas can cost you a small fortune, however sending a New Year’s post card is not only cost effective, you will also be sending a little bit of Japanese New Year’s culture!
★How to write an overseas card
- Add an additional 20 Yen stamp
- No need to cross or blank out the red “new year” section of the card
- Write “AIRMAIL” and “POSTCARD” on the address side of the postcard.
- The card should be horizontal with the addresses written horizontally along the longest axis.
- The senders name should be at top, the destination address at the bottom.
- Addresses can be written in English, French, or the language of the destination country (Japanese is not allowed).
- There is no special New Year’s Day delivery like domestic New Year’s cards. Overseas cards are handled like regular airmail.
- Prizes for New Year Cards with winning lottery numbers (printed on the red strip) can only be claimed at domestic post offices.
Seto Novelty Children’s Creative Center
” Novelty ” has a lot of meanings in English, but in Seto it refers to new & unique ceramic ornaments and decorations.
Based in a former “novelty” factory, the Seto Novelty Children’s Creative Center ノベルティ・こども創造館allows children to learn the skills used to make ceramic novelties and experience making and painting ceramics. The center and workshops are designed for children, but adults are welcomed to attend on their own too.
The center hosts 3 workshops: Clay Craft, a Glazing Experience, and a Novelty Experience
Clay Craft 職人さんと楽しく土遊び Under the instruction of a museum craftsman visitors can make their own clay masterpiece. The craft’s theme changes each month.
Available weekends & holidays 13:15 – 14:15 & 15:15 – 16:15 (approx 60 minutes). Open to both children (elementary school & up) and adults. Costs 100 Yen. Only 5 places per session. Reservations for afternoon courses are accepted at the museum reception from 10:00.
- Monthly Themes
- Dog (Until 11/11) , Christmas tree (11/17 – 12/16), snowman (12/22 – 1/20), clay doll (1/26 – 2/24), animals (3/2 – 3/31)
Novelty Experience 職人さんとノベルティ体験 – Under the instruction of a museum craftsman visitors make a cast from a mould then decorate with acrylic paint. The craft’s theme changes each month.
Available weekends & holidays 13:15 – 14:30 & 15:15 – 16:30 (approx 75 minutes). Open to both children (elementary school & up) and adults. Costs 200 Yen. Only 10 places per session. Reservations for afternoon courses are accepted at the museum reception from 10:00.
- Monthly Themes
- Dog (Until 11/11) , Santa Claus (11/17 – 12/16), snowman (12/22 – 1/20), small clay doll (1/26 – 2/24), animals (3/2 – 3/31)
Glazing Experience 職人さんと上絵付け体験 – Under the instruction of a museum craftsman visitors apply underglaze decoration onto the white foundation before the craft is fired in a kiln. Craft’s are sent approximately 1 month later. The craft’s theme changes each month.
Available weekends & holidays 14:30 – 16:00 (approx 90 minutes). Open to both children (3rd grade & up) and adults. Costs 500 Yen. Only 10 places per session. Reservations for afternoon courses are accepted at the museum reception from 10:00.
- Monthly Themes
- Dog (Until 11/11) , Seasonal plate – bell and tree (11/17 – 12/16), Seasonal plate – holly tree (12/22 – 1/20), large doll (1/26 – 2/24), animals (3/2 – 3/31)
Share Your Wow! Japan Photo Contest
The “Share your WOW! Japan photo contest” is a contest organized by the Japan Tourism Agency of photos taken in Japan. Share your photos to best fit any one of following themes; “Cool!”, “Delicious!”, “Happy!”, “Beautiful!”, “Funny!”, or “Miracle!”. The contest started on September 1 and ends on February 15, 2013.
Besides tourists, foreign residents and students currently living in Japan can participate in this contest. You don’t even have to be in Japan during the contest period as past photos taken in Japan can also be submitted.
How to Enter
You can submit photos in one of the following 3 ways:
- 1. Submit from the competition site – http://japanphotocontest.jp
- 2. Submit from Facebook- http://apps.facebook.com/472352732784596/
- 3. Submit from your smart phone using the Visit Japan app. Available on the iTunes store (iPhone) and on Google Play (Android). Search for “Visit Japan”.
The (main) WOW! Prize is a Lord of Tsuruga-jo Castle Experience (1 day tour) in Samurai City, Aizu Wakamatsu. There are 6 individual theme prizes ranging from a Kamakura tour with Miss Japan to a 1-day Kabuki actor experience! These 7 prizes include round trip air tickets from your home country to Japan!
There are prizes for the best 9 photos taken in the Tohoku/North Kanto region, and the names of all registered users go into a monthly prize draw where each month 20 users can win household electrical goods and traditional Japanese crafted goods. Ten thousand users will also receive a Wi-Fi pass free of charge which can be used in Japan!
Drum Cat – Free Your Soul
Drum Cat ドラムキャット – Free Your Soul
Known for their powerful performances and skin-tight cat suits, Drum Cat, the all-female South Korean percussion group will be performing live on stage in Nagoya this December. In 2008 they became the first Korean team ever to win two awards at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
- When: Friday, December 14 (18:30) / Saturday, December 15 (11:00 / 15:00) / Sunday, December 16 (11:00 / 15:00). Performances last 70 minutes.
- Where: Telepia Hall テレピアホール, Sakae
- Access: Located behind (east of) Aichi Arts Center; a 5 minute walk east of Sakae Subway Station, exit 4A.
- Tickets: 6500 Yen (children under 3 years old not allowed). Available with P-code 423-354 from Circle K & Sunkus stores, Seven Eleven, and Ticket Pia.
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