JULY 2013, HERE AND THERE IN NAGOYA, JAPAN

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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The 67th Nagoya Port Fireworks Festival

第67回名古屋みなと祭花火大会
Photo courtesy of the Port of Nagoya
Photo courtesy of the Port of Nagoya

Nagoya Port’s annual summer festival as well as the colossal fireworks display consisting of about 3,000 fireworks, attracted an impressive 270,000 people! Activities planned for this year include a log riding contest, a marching band, jazz concert, a Japanese drums and performing arts festival, floats and more!

When: Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday July 20 (19:30 – 20:20)

Where: Nagoya Port – take the subway to Nagoya Port station. Recommended viewing spots are wharf 2 and 3 in front of “Port Building ポートビル” or on the south greens of Nagoya Port Aquarium. You’ll be able to enjoy the fireworks from an ideal distance from either of these locations.

Website: http://www.nagoya-port-festival.com/

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Nagoya Groovin’ Summer 2013

Groovin Summer
               Groovin Summer

See some cool young talent, combined with professional musicians of the jazz scene get it on at this free two day event, presenting big band vibrancy with special guest artists Pistol Valve, Tokyo Brass Style, a duo of Aya Yoda and Masato Kobayashi, a duo of Ayumi Koketsu and Koichi Sato; performing

live at Oasis 21’s Galaxy Platform and Nadya Park’s Atrium.

When: Saturday, July 27 (13:00 – 19:40) & Sunday, July 28 (12:30 – 19:40)

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Kariya Mando Matsuri

刈谷万燈祭

A lively, colourful festival featuring 5m high “samurai” lanterns, called mando (literally “ten thousand lanterns”). One mando, weighing approximately 60kg, is carried by one man alone! The men move and dance in rhythm to the accompanying flute and drum music.

Kariya Mando Matsuri. Photo courtesy of Kariya City
Kariya Mando Matsuri. Photo courtesy of Kariya City

When: Saturday July 27, Sunday July 28 Access: A 5 minute walk from Meitetsu Kariya-shi Station. 15 minutes walk from JR / Meitetsu Kariya Station.

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Gamagori Fireworks Festival

蒲郡まつり
Photo courtesy of City of Gamagori
                                   Photo courtesy of City of Gamagori

An amazing festival that lights up the night sky of Gamagori on a beautiful summer night. Want a great way to spend the night with your friends and/or family? Why not go out to this beautiful seaside location to witness a typical Japanese fireworks display, and find out what all the fuss is about. The main feature of this festival is the Shosanjakudama fireworks with a whopping diameter of 650m and is the largest fireworks on the Pacific coast of Japan.The Gamagori coastal city of Aichi, is an impressive location which is quite different to the usual scenery of Nagoya. It offers a beautiful harbour type scenery and also has a very beautiful shopping mall and fresh foods and fish markets as well. Why not make a day of it and try somewhere different this year, and while you’re at it, see the biggest firecracker on the coast!

When: Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28 Where: Gamagori Pier, Harbour, and sea-front, Gamagori City Aichi Access: A 3 minute walk from JR or Meitetsu Gamagori stations 蒲郡駅

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Disney on Ice – Princesses & Heroes

ディズニー・オン・アイス「 トレジャートローブ」
Disney on Ice - Princesses & Heroes

Your favourite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, characters from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Snow White, Rapunzel and others will be performing live on ice to your favourite Disney songs in Nagoya for 10 days! This year also sees the introduction of discounted rates for children, as well as reduced rates for weekday shows.

When: Saturday, July 27 – Monday, August 5 (total 25 shows). Weekdays (11:00, 14:30, 18:30*), Saturdays (10:30, 14:30, 18:30), Sundays (10:00, 14:00, 18:00). *Friday only

Where: Nippon Gaishi Hall 日本ガイシホール

Access: A 5 minute walk from JR Kasadera Station

Tickets: Arena-seats (weekdays & weekends) 5800 Yen (adults) / 4800 Yen (children*), weekdays Stand-S seats 3800 Yen (adults) / 2800 Yen (children*), weekends Stand-S seats 4800 Yen (adults) / 3800 Yen (children*), weekday and weekend Stand-A seats 2900 Yen (adults) / 1900 Yen (children*). Available from Circle K, SunKus, & Seven Eleven with P-code 623-276 or from Lawson with L-code 48000. *Child rates apply to ages 3 till elementary school. Admission is free for children not over 2 years old if the child shares a seat with an adult (1 child per adult).

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The Nagoya Touring Children’s Theater

なごや子どものための巡回劇場

Since 1980, The Touring Theater gives an opportunity to the children of Nagoya who don’t usually get to experience things such as performing on a stage.

Nagoya Touring Children's Theater
Nagoya Touring Children’s Theater

In an effort to make this event as accessible as possible, we hold it close-by to local residents in low-cost facilities. The Opera Foundation of Nagoya, Okada Ballet, Kyogen Kyodosha and the Central Aichi Symphony Orchestra will be touring all wards – so join us in the fun and come along with your family and friends!

When: Thursday July 25 to Sunday 25 August (various times, check schedules online)

Where: Various locations, ward offices etc, check http://www.bunka758.or.jp for details

Cost: 700 Yen for children 3 and above, including adults. Free for children under the age of 3.

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The 56th Log Rolling Contest

第56回筏師一本乗り大会

Come and see this unique event at Nagoya Port where participants perform this traditional spectacle of log rolling!

Photo: Courtesy of Nagoya Kowan Fukuri Kosei Kyokai
        Photo: Courtesy of Nagoya Kowan Fukuri Kosei Kyokai

A historical and authentic performance that the general public can also witness! Every year, on the day of the event, international exchange students also participate in the general entry division.

When: Saturday July 20, 11:30 – 14:30

Where: Nagoya Port, Garden Pier, West-side Ship Reservoir

Access: Subway Nagoya Port station

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Magical Hour

マジックの時間

From as long as since the Edo period till present day, we bring you the mystical and often unknown world of magic tricks and sleight of hand.

Photo: Tanaka Daiki, Magician
Photo: Tanaka Daiki, Magician

We’ll be showing you old magic training manuals, ukiyoe (old colour prints from the Edo period) of acrobats, giant woven baskets and the history of magic which are sure to be both a unique and entertaining event for all. To make it even more interesting, apart from our captivating exhibits, we will also be hosting some highly entertaining magic performances which are sure to impress.

When: From Saturday 20 July to Sunday 1 September, 09:30 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30). Closed on Mondays. Closed on 23 July and 27 August

Where: Nagoya City Museum – Nagoya-shi, Mizuho-ku, Mizuhodori 1-27-1

Cost: 1000 Yen (800 Yen), Senior H.S. and University Students 600 Yen (400 Yen), Junior H.S. and below are free. Prices in brackets are for presale tickets and groups of 20 or more.

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Toyohashi Gion Matsuri

豊橋祇園祭

Here’s an interesting festival where you can see the traditional hand-held style of Japanese firewords called “tezutsu hanabi”.

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Fireworks: Friday, July 19 (from 18:40) – traditional hand-held and cascading firework display. Saturday, July 20 (from 18:00) – aerial firework display – over 12,000 fireworks! Sunday, July 21 (from 17:00) – street parade.

Where: Yoshida Shrine 吉田神社 (July 19), on the banks of the Toyo River 豊川 behind Yoshida Shrine (July 20).

Access: A 5 minute walk from Shiyakusho-mae 市役所前 stop on the Toyohashi City Street Car System.

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Pet Fair 2013 in Nagoya

ペット博2013 in なごや

Beginning in 1994 in Osaka, the Pet Fair is the biggest pet-related event in the Tokai region! Hold and see pets, pet related goods and services, pet food and much more at this family friendly annual event. Buy a pet and get kitted out with everything your pet will ever need.

Pet Fair 2013 in Nagoya
Pet Fair 2013 in Nagoya

When: Saturday July 13 to Monday July 15 (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Port Messe Nagoya ポートメッセなごや Exhibition Hall 2

Admission: Adults 1000 Yen pre-sale, 1200 Yen on the day, Children 500 Yen pre-sale, 800 Yen on the day, 2 years and under are free

Access: A 5 minute walk from the Aonami Line’s Kinjo-futo station (the last stop).

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DAYS JAPAN – Photo Journalism Exhibition in Nagoya

デイズジャパン国際フォトジャーナリズム写真展

Title: Lifestock at Risk by Climate Change and Conflicts in Sahel Name:Tim Dirven (Panos Pictures)
Title: Lifestock at Risk by Climate Change and Conflicts in Sahel Name:Tim Dirven (Panos Pictures)

Since its launch in 2004 and the help of many people, DAYS JAPAN celebrates its 9th year this year. In addition, the DAYS JAPAN Photojournalism Awards, starting in 2005, has brought the public many significant images which aim to inform about current world events and issues. This year’s exhibition brings you images from Syria showing the civil war crisis, the increase of African refugees in areas of conflict, and the environmental issues which nuclear power plants pose. The exhibition aims to capture and present the lives of people on this earth, along with their harsh realities. There will also be a series of lectures about the realities of the Fukushima incident and its refugees.

When: Friday July 12 to Monday July 15 (10:00 – 20:00*) *closes at 17:00 on the last day (Monday July 15).

Where: Nagoya International Center 4F, Exhibition Rooms 1,2,3.

Exhibition Cost: 500 Yen (400 Yen with discount, requires coupon found on pamphlet).

Lecture cost: 500 Yen *Senior high school students and below, disabled people – entry is free

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The 9th Nagoya Undoukai

第9回なごや運動会

A great opportunity to be involved in this annual international exchange sports event, with free giveaways! Last year’s undoukai saw 530 people from 23 countries around the world! There are simple games for everybody to enjoy.

Photo courtesy of Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry

It’s a great opportunity to see and experience this popular Japanese sports festival. Join in this year on Sunday September 8 (10:00 – 15:00) in the Moricoro Park Gymnasium in Moricoro Park, Nagakute City as an individual, family, group of friends, school, or company! An event open to children and adults. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. On the day, announcements are made in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Portuguese – so there is no need to worry about any language barriers! Applications are open from July the 1st and places are limited to a maximum of 500 – first in first served.

To request an application form, call the NCCI (in Japanese) at 052-223-5709 or e-mail undoukai@nagoya-cci.or.jp. You can also download a form from www.nagoyaundoukai.com. Successful applicants will receive a letter of invitation in the beginning of September.

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Summer Party – an International Exchange Event

国際交流イベント
Summer Party - an International Exchange Event
Summer Party – an International Exchange Event

This event provides Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting. There will be recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese culture. A buffet-style light meal will be available.

Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall (Kokusai Center Subway Station, exit 2) When: Saturday, August 10 (18:30 – 20:30) Admission: 1000 Yen for foreign residents, 2000 Yen for Japanese nationals; reservations are required. To reserve your place and for more information contact the International Cross Culture Promotion Center at 080-1559-9744 or international0317_npo@yahoo.co.jp.

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World Cosplay Summit 2013

世界コスプレサミット2013
Photo courtesy of World Cosplay Summit
           Photo courtesy of World Cosplay Summit

Showcasing characters from Japanese manga, animation, and video games, The World Cosplay Summit, born in Nagoya 11 years ago,  is sure to please with this unique global event!  Cosplayers from 20 countries will dress up as Japanese anime characters and compete for the 2013 cosplay crown. There are various events including: stage shows, parades, photo sessions and more. The championship is the highlight of the summit where a grand champion is chosen from the representatives of each country. Candidates are not judged by their costumes alone, but by a combination of their staging and performance. It’s a highly competitive contest which attracts some of the best cosplayers in the world.

Schedule: The main event begins from the end of July for about a week into August. The championship takes place on Sunday August 3.

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2013 Bolshoi Circus Summer Tour

国立ボリショイサーカス夏休み名古屋公演
Photo courtesy of Tokai Radio
Photo courtesy of Tokai Radio

Known as the Bolshoi Circus in Japan, the Russian National Circus has over 80 years of history and first came to Japan in 1958. The word “Bolshoi” means “Great” or “Big” in English and this national circus consists of 4000 artists and staff, more than 6000 animals, and about 70 temporary and permanent theaters.

When: Thursday, August 22 (13:30, 16:30), Friday, August 23 (10:30, 13:30, 16:30), Saturday, August 24 (10:30, 13:30, 16:30), Sunday, August 25 (10:30, 13:30, 16:30), Monday, August 26 (10:30, 13:30)

Where: Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium

Access: A 5 minute walk from Shiyakusho Subway station on the Meijo line, Exit 7.

Tickets: Non-reserved seating 3100 Yen. Reserved seating 4600 Yen. Children aged 3 and up pay full price. Includes tax. On sale from Saturday May 11 onwards. Tickets are available through Ticket Pia, Lawson, CN Play Guide and E Plus.

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Global Citizen’s Program 2013 – Instructors Wanted!

NIC’s Classroom for Global Citizen’s Program Needs YOU!

NIC地球市民教室 – 外国人講師募集中!

Want to help us to create a globally aware Nagoya? As part of its Classroom for Global Citizen’s program, the NIC is looking for foreign instructors to visit schools and local organizations and introduce their home countries.

  • citizens600aWe are looking for people:
    • who are able to communicate in Japanese
    • who are able to introduce their home country
    • who are available on weekdays during the day time
    • who are available for interview (by appointment), and training on Saturday, September 21 (10:00 – 12:00).
  • Compensation: 6000 to 8000 Yen per assignment depending on the location (income tax and commuting costs are included)
  • How to Apply: Application forms can be requested by e-mail (koryu@nic-nagoya.or.jp),fax (052-581-5629), or can be downloaded in a PDF format. Further information is also available on our info flyer.  The application deadline is Friday, September 13 (17:00).

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Nagoya Oktober Fest 2013

名古屋オクトーバーフェスト2013
Photo courtesy of Tokai Television
            Photo courtesy of Tokai Television

For 16 days each year over 6 million people attend the world’s biggest beer festival in Munich, Germany which started over 200 years ago. Supported by the German Consulate & the German National Tourist Board, Nagoya will be again hosting its very own version of the famous festival with live stage events, sausages, pretzels, and a wide range of German beer (over 40 types) and wine.

When: From Friday July 5 to Sunday July 21 (weekends and public holidays 11:00 – 21:00, weekdays 15:00 – 21:00)

Where: Hisaya Odori Koen and Angel Plaza (Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 6)

Admission: Free entry to the festival area. Charges apply to food and drinks.

More details: www.nagoya-oktober-fest.com

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[For Your Information]

Basic Resident Registration Card

For foreign residents, the “Basic Resident Registration Network System” will commence operation. Furthermore, foreign residents will be eligible to receive a “Basic Resident Registration Card”.

Q1 What is the “Basic Resident Registration Network System”?

A1 The “Basic Resident Registration Network System” is a system that enables nationwide identity verification by putting the Basic Resident Registration on a network in order to increase convenience for residents.

Q2 What is the “Basic Resident Registration Card”?

A2 The “Basic Resident Registration Card” is a highly secure IC card and the “Basic Resident Registration Card with Photo” can be used as an official identification.

Q3 What procedures will become necessary at the commencement of operation of the “Basic Resident Registration Network System”?

A3 It is not necessary for foreign residents to perform any procedures at the commencement of operation of the “Basic Resident Registration Network System”.

Please note that in accordance with the commencement of operation of the “Basic Resident Registration Network System”, a Resident Record Code* will be entered in the Resident Record of foreign residents and they will be notified of their Resident Record Code by their municipality of residence from July 8, 2013.

Entry of the Resident Record Code may be requested in some administrative procedures, so please keep the Notification of Resident Record Code in a safe and secure location.

*The Resident Record Code is a random 11 digit number that is essential in performing nationwide identity verification through the “Basic Resident Registration Network System”.

Q4 How can I acquire the “Basic Resident Registration Card”?

A4 Please bring the Application for Issuance of the Basic Resident Registration Card, photo (only for those who desire “Basic Resident Registration Card with Photo”), certificate such as residence card, etc. and fee (free in some municipalities) and apply at your municipality of residence.

When the “Basic Resident Registration Network System” commences operation, the following are examples of activities that will become possible.

  • Procedures will be simplified. For example, it will be possible to omit submission of a copy of the Resident Record at some administrative organs.
  • It will be possible for copies of the Resident Record* to be issued at municipalities other than your municipality of residence. Presentation of the “Basic Resident Registration Card” or residence card, etc. will be required.
  • Special provisions for Move in Notification will be applied to those who have been issued the “Basic Resident Registration Card” which will allow them, by making Move out Notification by mail or other method, to appear only one time at the municipality of their new residence to complete the moving procedure.
  • Online administrative procedure applications that require an electronic certificate for verification of identification will be possible by storing an electronic certificate on the “Basic Resident Registration Card”.

It will be possible for those who have been issued the “Basic Resident Registration Card” to receive original services provided by municipalities such as issuance of certificates at convenience stores in some municipalities.

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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)

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