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Okazaki Summer Festival 65th Fireworks Display
Last year approximately 460,000people 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: Saturday, August 3, 18:50 – 21:00 (in the event of rain, will go on, in the event of stormy weather it will be postponed till the next day). Where: Otogawa and Yahagi riversides. Access: Meitetsu Nagoya Line: Higashi Okazaki or Okazaki Koenmae Station or Aichi Loop Line: Naka Okazaki Station (approx. a 10 minute walk from either). No parking available.
Cormorant Fishing (Ukai) on Kiso River
Cormorant Fishing (Ukai) on Kiso River
Ukai is not conventional fishing with lines or nets, but fishing using specially-trained cormorant birds to catch, swallow, and regurgitate the fish. This unique fishing technique has been passed down through the generations and the first written record of ukai on the Kiso River dates back to 702. Since 1909 it has been one of the area’s premier tourist attractions. With the exception of typhoons and river swell there are daily ukai tours in Inuyama until the early autumn. Tours last just under 2 hours and visitors are taken out on special viewing boats to within close proximity of the fishing boats. There are ukai tours in other parts of Japan, but Inuyama is unique in that ukai fishing is done in the day time as well as at night.
When: This year, both day and night ukai are held every day between June 1 to October 15, except August 10. Note that Kiso River may also close operation at its discretion due to weather and conditions.
Reservations are required for all tours and can be made at the riverside ticket office – in person or over the phone (Tel: 0568-61-2727). Cancelation charges apply.
Access: The Inuyama Bashi ukai reception area is a 5 minute walk from (Meitetsu) Inuyama Yuen Station, East Exit 犬山遊園.
- Tours will go ahead despite rain. In the case of heavy rain, river swell, or typhoon, tour cancellations will be announced at noon.
- Prices for evening Ukai do not include a meal.
- Meals are extra. You are allowed to bring your own food & drink for a fee of 300 Yen per person, however all garbage must be taken home with you.
Day Time Ukai 昼のうかい
Until October 15 (11:30 – 13:40 on Tue, Thu, Sat); no tours on August 10.
Cost: Adults 4,300 Yen, children (aged 4 – 12) 3,150 Yen Includes meal. Reservations required 1-3 days before. Tours will go ahead despite rain. In the case of heavy rain, river swell, or typhoon, tour cancellations will be announced the day before.
Evening Ukai 夜のうかい
Until August 31 (18:30 – 20:15)
Cost: Adults 2,800 Yen; 2,300 Yen on Wednesdays Children (aged 4 -12) 1,400 Yen; 1,150 Yen on Wednesdays.
September 1 to October 15 (18:00 – 19:45) Adults 2,500 Yen; 2,000 Yen on Wednesdays Children (aged 4 -12) 1,250 Yen; 1,000 Yen on Wednesdays.
Aichi International Women’s
Film Festival (AIWFF) 2013
Held annually since 1996, the 18th festival will take place this year, showing 36 films of various genres and backgrounds, many of them Aichi premieres. There will also be talks and events with special guests as well as a short film competition. Some of the films are in English while some of the foreign language films have English subtitles, so there is something for everyone. Some films to look out for this year include;
Beloved, Chinese with English subtitles, 31 Aug 14:40, 6 Sep 18:30 English Vinglish, English/Hindi, 1 Sep 17:00 Trashed, English narration, various subtitles, 7 Sep 10:00 The Mirror Never Lies, Indonesian with English subtitles, 8 Sep 15:40 Stray Cat Girl, Japanese with English subtitles, 1 Sep 10:00 Last Days of Summer, Japanese/English subtitles, 1 Sep 16:40
When: Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 8 Where: Will Aichi, Higashi ward Access: A 10 minute walk from Shiyakusho Subway Station exit 2 Website: http://www.aiwff.com (English and Japanese)
Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Salon Concert
When: Friday, September 27 at 18:30. Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” Access: A 6 minute walk from Kanayama stn or an 8 minute walk from Higashibetsuin stn. Cost: Free
Exploring The Deep Sea – Exhibition
- Photo courtesy of Nagoya City Science Museum
Can you imagine what’s in the deep sea? What lives there? How do we even come to learn about an environment which exists at such unreachable depths? Come and see what we’ve discovered about the deep sea as we share with you real abyssal specimens and exhibits which shed light on the wonderful facts of the deep sea.
When: Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, September 1 Where: Nagoya City Science Museum Cost: Adults 1,000 Yen, Senior HS and University students 700 Yen, Elementary and Junior HS students 500 Yen.
Nagoya Philharmonic’s 405th Subscription Concert
Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor, Ayako UEHARA, Piano, “Fire – grand fireworks and golden feathers”, O. Knussen Flourish with Fireworks, Op.22, S. Prokofiev Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.16, I. Stravinsky The Firebird (Complete)
When: Friday, September 20 (18:45) & Saturday, September 21 (16:00) 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. Tickets: 1000 Yen to 7000 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24, only same day tickets are available.
Japan Rhine Summer Festival & Fireworks Display
With Japan’s oldest castle illuminated in the background, approximately 3000 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: Saturday, August 10 (19:30 – 20:20) Where: On the banks of the Kiso River, downstream from the Inuyamabashi Bridge 犬山橋, Inuyama City. Access: A short walk from Meitetsu Inuyama Yu-en Station 名鉄犬山遊園; additional services will be in operation.
47th Tokoname Yaki Matsuri
and Evening Fireworks 常滑焼まつり
Photo courtesy of the Tokoname Chamber
of Commerce and Industry
Watch approximately 1,500 fireworks over the seaside location of Tokoname from 19:00.
When: Saturday, August 24 (19:00 – 20:00). In the event of heavy rain, postponed to August 25. Where: Tokoname City, Shinkai cho, 6 chome Access: Approximately a 15 minute walk from Meitetsu Tokoname Station.
World Orchids Festa 2013
August is the month of Africa at this colourful event. Weeks one and two celebrate Madagascar, followed by Tanzania in week three and South Africa in week four. There will be lectures, exhibits, music and cultural presentations at this event. Come and listen to researchers talk about the disappearing orchid environments while learning about global environment protection.
When: Until Tuesday, August 27 (10:00 – 20:00). Closed on: Wednesdays / If a public holiday, the next weekday.
Where: Ran no Yakata (ランの館), Nagoya Naka-ku, Osu 4 chome
Access: Approximately a 3 minute walk from Subway Yabacho Station exit 4 or about a 5 minute walk from Subway Kamimaezu station.
Organic Farmers Market
Get fresh vegetables from Aichi, Mie, Gifu and Nagano at Oasis 21 and support the local industry at this regularly held market at the Galaxy Platform (銀河の広場) in front of the information desk called “iセンター”. It’s on every Saturday between 8:30 and 11:30.
Don’t forget to bring your own shopping bags!
Kusamakura Haiku Contest
- Kusamakura Haiku Contest 2013
Haiku are short, image-based poems about the things that make people feel connected to nature. English haiku do not adhere to the strict syllable count found in Japanese haiku, and typical English haiku have three lines of up to 17 syllables. Kumamoto’s annual international haiku competition is open to all non-native Japanese speakers and participation is free. Entries can be submitted by post or through the competition website by September 10 (postmarked on this day is OK). You can submit up to 2 pieces of Haiku, but they must be unpublished works. The grand prize is 50,000 Yen with second (8 winners) and third place (20 winners) prizes also awarded. Works may be submitted by mail or through the homepage. See the website for full details and guidelines http://kusamakura-haiku.jp
Nippon Domannaka Festival
From Friday evening, August 23 to Sunday, August 25 over 200 teams & around 23,000 performers from across Japan and from around the world will 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 over 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 (Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 6). Admission is free, but main stage spectator seating is extra. Full stage information and performance times can be found on the official website.
Parade & Performance Schedule
- Main Stage
- ☆Hisaya Odori Koen (Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 6) – Fri (17:00 – 21:00), Sat (08:50 – 21:00), Sun (08:50 – 21:00)
- Saturday & Sunday
- ☆Otsu Dori Parade (near Yaba-cho Subway Station) – Sat (11:30 – 17:45) & Sun (11:30 – 17:00)
- ☆Nadya Park Yaba Koen (near Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 5) – Sat (12:00 – 17:00), Sun (10:00 – 17:00)
- ☆Nagoya Station – Sat (13:00 – 15:00) & Sun (13:00 – 15:00)
- ☆JR Towers Garden (Nagoya Station) – Sat & Sun (10:00 – 17:00)
- ☆Sakae Fountain Beer Festa (Fountain Area near Sakae Stn.) – Sat & Sun (12:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 18:30)
- Saturday Only
- ☆Osu Kannon (Osu Kannon Subway Station, exit 2)- Sat & Sun (10:00 – 14:00)
- ☆Narumi Street Parade (near Meitetsu Narumi Station) – Sat (10:00 – 15:00)
- ☆Hirabari Street Parade (Hirabari Subway Station, exit 2) – Sat (13:30 – 16:30)
- ☆JR Otagawa Station – Sat (10:00 – 15:00)
- ☆Katsukawa Street Parade – Sat (10:30 – 14:00)
- ☆Mikawa Anjo (JR Mikawa Anjo Station) – Sat (10:00 – 12:30)
- Sunday Only
- ☆Hisaya Odori Koen Junior Comp (near Yaba-cho Subway Station, exit 5 and 6) – Sun (11:00 – 12:00)
- ☆Sakae Small Park (outside Sakae Subway Station, exit 7) – Sun (10:00 – 15:00)
- ☆Arako Koen Ground (near Takabata Subway Station, exit 4) – Sun (09:30 – 16:00)
- ☆Dotoku Street Parade (Meitetsu Dōtoku Station) – Sun (11:18 – 17:00)
- ☆Eki-nishi Ginza Street Parade (near Nakamura Kuyakusho Subway Sta. exit 2) – Sun (13:00 – 15:00)
Minato International Matsuri
When: Saturday, August 31 (15:00 – 19:00) Where: Kyuban Danchi九番団地, Minato Ward Access: A 10 minute walk from Tokai-dori Subway Station, exit 4 (see map – bit.ly/kyuban )
- Food! ☆Yaki Soba ☆Okonomiyaki ☆Brazilian Food
- Fun! ☆Haunted House ☆Disaster Prevention Game ☆Flea Market
- Performances! Feel free to join in the dancing … or just watch from the sidelines. ☆Taiko drum, Hip-hop, and Bon Dancing performances
Free Medical Check Ups for Foreign Nationals
Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices are subject to change without notice.
(NIC Events Information)