OCTOBER 2013: HERE AND THERE IN NAGOYA

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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The 59th Nagoya Festival

第59回名古屋まつり
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City

The Nagoya Festival is Nagoya’s largest Autumn festival. The festival’s main attraction is its parade, but there are also events at Oasis 21, Hisaya-odori Park, and other spots around the City. The festival’s main attraction is its parade with the procession of Nagoya’s 3 local feudal, Nobunaga ODA, Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, and Ieyasu TOKUGAWA, along with 650 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers. The parade is done over two different routes over two days and features “dashi” floats (City designated cultural assets) & “kagura” floats (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 throughout the two days at Oasis 21 in Sakae and Hisaya Odori Park in Yaba-cho.

Saturday, October 19

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 approx 16:30.

Sunday, October 20

The head of the parade departs Shiyakusho (City Hall) at approx 11:00, going via Sakura-dori Otsu and Sakae – Mitsukoshi, before arriving at Yaba-cho. The back of the parade arrives at Yaba-cho at approx 15:20.

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The 10th World Collaboration Festival 2013

ワールド・コラボ・フェスタ2013
wcfChubu’s largest international exchange event is now in its 10th year and it’s time to celebrate! Learn about causes for the good of multicultural co-existence, take part in workshops, watch on-stage music and dance performances from around the world. Admission is free!

1) Oasis 21 – Ginga-no-Hiroba

Stage and booth events and activities presented by NGOs and NPOs involved in multicultural exchange and cooperation.

2) Hisaya Odori Park – Mochi-no-ki Hiroba

NGO and NPO booths, activities and events promoting harmony and cooperation with other cultures. Approximately 100,000 people are expected to attend the 10th World Collaboration Festival! Entry is free and more details can be found on our website or the official World Collaboration website at http://www.world-collabo.jp/

When: Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 Where: Oasis 21 in Sakae (both days 10:00 – 18:00) and Mochi-no-ki Hiroba south of the TV Tower (both days 10:00 – 16:00). Photo: Images from World Collaboration Festival 2012

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Nagoya Port Art Festival

名古屋港アートフェスタ

The theme of this year’s exhibition is “Waiting for the Boats” where approximately 100 works by young artists will be on display. Entry to some of the exhibition is free, however there is also a paid section.

Photo courtesy of Nagoya Port Foundation
          Photo courtesy of Nagoya Port Foundation

When: Saturday, October 5 to Sunday, October 27 (9:30 – 17:00) Where: Inside the Nagoyako Port Building (名古屋港ポートビル内) Access: A short walk from Nagoya-ko Station on the Meiko line.

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Mino Washi Akari Art

美濃和紙あかりアート
Photo courtesy of Mino City Tourism Assoc.
Photo courtesy of Mino City Tourism Assoc.

See the old streets of Mino lit up with these artistic lamps and works made with washi (traditional Japanese paper). The exhibition is in its twentieth year and the quality of the winning entries to date have been of an outstanding caliber. Only on show for two days, if you can make it, it’s definitely worth the trip to be engulfed by these beautiful works on a beautiful autumn evening.

When: Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13. Where: Near Mino City Station (美濃市駅), Gifu Access: From Nagoya, take the Express Nagoya Meitetsu Bus and alight at Udatsu-no-machinami-dori and walk for approximately 1 minute. Cost: Free

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The 36th Osu Street Performers Festival

第36回大須大道町人祭
Photo 2012 Osu Street Performers Festival
Photo 2012 Osu Street Performers Festival

This annual festival started in 1978. Around 250 (45 groups) street performers, musicians, and artists will be showing off their skills with their dances, juggling, visual comedy, and magic routines on Saturday & Sunday throughout the day at over 15 locations in and around the Osu shopping district. Collect a schedule and work your way around from show to show. Admission is free, after-show donations to performers are encouraged. The highlight of the festival are the oiran processions through the packed streets of the Osu shopping district. The oiran, were high-class, Edo-era female entertainers only available to Japan’s wealthiest and highest ranking officials.

When: Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 Access: Osu Kannon Subway Station, exit 2. Street Performers: October 19 (12:00 – 20:00) & October 20 (11:00 – 18:20). Oiran Processions: There will be a total of six oiran processions over the two days.

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Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri

ぎふ信長まつり
Photo courtesy of Gifu City
Photo courtesy of Gifu City

A significant festival for the Gifu region, held on the first Saturday and Sunday of October every year. It honours Nobunaga who unified Japan using Gifu Castle as the foothold. At Sofukuji Temple there are memorial services, arquebus firing displays, dressed up warriors, band parades and various activities to make this a special occasion for the region every year.

When: Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 (10:00 – 16:00) Where: Main streets of Gifu City Access: Approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk from Gifu station (JR or Meitetsu Line)

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Arimatsu Float Festival

有松山車まつり
Photo courtesy of Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Kaikan
Photo courtesy of Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Kaikan

This event takes place in historic Arimatsu, full of Edo Period character. The three festival floats paraded in this festival are City Designated Cultural Assets and make their way through the streets of Arimatsu. Karakuri dolls (Edo Era mechanized puppets) also perform at this event – a good opportunity to see them!

When: Sunday, October 6 (10:00 – 21:00) Where: Nagoya City, Midori Ku Access: A one minute walk from (Meitetsu) Arimatsu Station(有松駅) Further Enquiries: Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Kaikan 052-621-0111 (Japanese)

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Gamagori Miya Matsuri

三谷祭
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Photo courtesy of Miya Historical Archives Committee

An annual festival in October where four, highly decorative floats are pulled between two shrines in the town. On Sunday, the floats enter the ocean. Arrive early on Sunday morning to secure your spot on the beach. It takes around 15 minutes for each float to cross the 400m stretch of water.

When: Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 (beach festival from 10:45 on Sunday) Where: Miya-cho 三谷町, Gamagori City 蒲郡市, Aichi Access: A 20 minute walk from JR Mikawa Miya Station (三河三谷駅) – located on the JR Tokaido Line between Okazaki and Toyohashi.

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Life in Okumikawa – Hanamatsuri & Rituals

奥三河のくらしと花祭・田楽
Photo: The Sakaki Ogre at the Hanamatsuri in Tsugu (Aichi)
           Photo: The Sakaki Ogre at the Hanamatsuri in Tsugu (Aichi)

In the Okumikawa district of Aichi, there’s a ritual folk dance known as the “Dance of the Ogre” to ask for an abundant harvest and to celebrate “Hanamatsuri”. This exhibition brings together the everyday items of mountain people along with Hanamatsuri and its associated rituals to help us reflect and appreciate the importance of mountain village culture and customs as well as the forest.

When: Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 15. 9:30 – 17:00 (last entry 16:30). Closed on Mondays (in the event of a public holiday, closed the next day, and closed on the 4th Tuesday of every month). Where: Nagoya City Museum Access: A short walk from the Sakurayama Station on the Sakuradori Subway Line Cost: General: 600 (500) Yen, Senior H.S. and University Students : 400 (300) Yen, Elementary & Junior H.S. Students: Free. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.

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International Exchange Event at Yokiso Villa

揚輝荘国際交流イベント
Photo Courtesy of Yokiso-no-Kai (NPO)
        Photo Courtesy of Yokiso-no-Kai (NPO)

Come and enjoy a multicultural afternoon at Yokiso Villa, established by Suketami Ito, the founder of Matsuzakaya department stores. Suketami provided accommodation and support for students from Asian countries. Yokiso no kai (NPO) will hold a multi-cultural event for exchanges between foreign residents and the Japanese. There’ll be tea ceremony by the Urasenke School, dance and music, as well as an Ikebana presentation by the Misho School. Admission is free for foreigners and 500 Yen for Japanese nationals.

When: Sunday, October 20 (13:00 – 16:00) Where: North Garden of Yokiso Villa. A 10 minute walk from Kakuozan Station (Higashiyama Line) Exit 1 How to Join: E-mail info@yokiso.org or fax (052-759-4451) your name, nationality, occupation or university, and your gender to reserve a spot. For more information, call 090-8555-6526

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Autumn Walking in Nagoya

NIC外国人ウォーキング秋

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A 3.5km walk which will take you back in time so you can learn about the history of the area. Starting at Shiyakusho Station, you’ll walk towards the International Center building in Nagono and feel the history as you’re guided by our NIC volunteers. Languages supported are English, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese.

When: Saturday, November 30. From 9:00 to 12:30 Where: Meet at Shiyakusho Station on the Meijo Line at the bottom of the Exit 7 stairs Cost: 100 Yen How to join: Call the NIC on 052-581-0100 or e-mail nicwalking@nic-nagoya.or.jp from October 15 onwards. Please include your name, nationality, cell phone number, and your preferred language. Maximum 20 places, first in first served, so hurry to secure your place and get a chance to learn a bit about the city, and meet some people for only 100 Yen!

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The 38th NIC Book Recycling Bazaar

第38回NIC 本のリサイクルバザー

bazaar

Hate to see a good book go to waste? Come along to the bazaar and get yourself a bunch of books for a bargain and contribute to a good cause while you’re at it. Proceeds go to the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan for the promotion of literacy education in developing countries and the NIC Library for the purchase of new books. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

When: Sunday, November 3 (13:00 – 15:00) Where: Nagoya International Center (NIC) 5F Conference Room

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High School Visit Program

高校へ行こう!~外国人の子どもと保護者のための学校訪問プログラム

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The NIC is running a free tour of Nagoya City Chuo Senior High School 名古屋市立中央高等学校 (Naka Ward) for children of foreign nationality on Tuesday, November 19 (18:00 – 20:00). Meet in front of the wicket gates at Kurumamichi Station on the Sakuradori Line at 18:00. Participants will be guided around the school and will be able to talk with teachers about admission requirements, school life, and prospects after graduation. English, Spanish, Portuguese, Filipino, and Chinese interpreters are available by reservation. The tour is free, however places are limited to 20 parents and students. Reservations are required can be made from October 19 onwards by e-mailing info@nic-nagoya.or.jp, calling (052-581-0100), or visiting the Nagoya International Center 3F Information Counter.

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Job Fair for International Students

留学生のための就職活動ブース

jobfair

Aimed at students who will be graduating in 2014, this fair aims to help university students in the Tokai region to find work. The International Student Center will be present to provide information and give individual advice where required. This is a free event and all interested parties are encouraged to use this opportunity.

When: Saturday, November 9 (10:30 – 16:30)
Where: Nagoya Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
Access: A 5 minute walk from Fushimi Subway Station Exit 5

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The 407th Subscription Concert

名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第407回定期演奏会
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra
                              Photo courtesy of Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra

Sian EDWARDS, Conductor “Water – a lonely man in a fishing village” B. Britten Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia, Op.33a/b from Peter Grimes E. Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Op.47 P. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36

When: Friday, November 15 (18:45) & Saturday, November 16 (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: 1,000 Yen to 6,000 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24,only same day tickets are available.

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Star Gazing at the Science Museum

市民観望会
Join the monthlyStar Gazing group at the Nagoya Science Museum.
Join the monthly Star Gazing group at the Nagoya Science Museum.

Following a brief talk at the planetarium you will proceed to the rooftop’s main telescope and various other telescopes to observe the night’s recommended celestial scenery.

When: Sunday, November 16 (18:15 – 20:30) Where: Rooftop observatory, Nagoya City Science Museum 名古屋市科学館 Participation: Adults 700 Yen, school-age children 300 Yen. Numbers are limited to 250 participants. To apply, send a reply-paid post card to 〒 460-0008 Nagoya, Naka Ku, Sakae 2-17-1, Nagoya City Science Museum to arrive by Saturday, October 26; on the reverse write: “November 16 – Stars” and include the number of adults & children in your group. See www.bit.ly/ofukuhagaki to find out how to write a reply-paid postcard.

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Earthquake Situations: Bus & Car

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On the Bus バスに乗っているとき

What would you do if an earthquake struck while you were on the bus?

Firstly, hold on tight to a bar or strap. If there are none within reach, get down low and hold on to whatever you can, such as a seat. When the bus stops, follow the driver’s instructions as you may be told to exit the bus. At this point, it’s important to remain calm. You may make it more difficult to evacuate for yourself and others if you panic and fall over or inadvertently push someone. Most buses have alternate emergency exits which are clearly labeled. You may be instructed to make use of one of these exits in certain situations.

While Driving 運転中

If you’re driving, an earthquake can be dangerous.

It will cause distraction but it is important to be prepared and stay calm. Keep a firm grip on the wheel, slow down, and carefully pull over to the left side of the road. Turn your engine off and keep your doors unlocked (this is to maintain access to your car by rescuers from the outside in the event of an emergency). Wait in your car and listen to the radio for any important emergency information which may assist you. When the tremors subside, keep your keys in the ignition and leave your car on foot while paying attention to your surroundings as you search for suitable shelter. Don’t forget to take any important paperwork (such as registration papers etc.) or belongings with you.

The above info was compiled from the NIC, http://www.pref.aichi.jp/global/en/living/prevention/ and http://japan-earthquake.com/archives/280

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Tokubetsu Keiho – Emergency Warning

“特別警報” (pronounced tokubetsu keihou), or “Emergency Warning” in English, is a new warning classification formed by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) which began on August 30. We will summarise the key points in this article for you.
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The colour coding above is used throughout the JMA’s warning and notification system. You can find out more on the JMA website in English at http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/indexe.html
  • In response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, JMA issued Tsunami Warnings (Major Tsunami) and various other messages. However, in some cases these did not prompt residents to evacuate urgently. In relation to the disaster caused by Typhoon Talas in 2011, JMA also issued Warnings to alert the public to the need for precaution against a catastrophe, but there was no effective means of informing residents of the extreme magnitude of the impending fatal disaster. In this way, JMA had not always been able to fully support municipal decisions on the issuance of evacuation advisories/orders and prompt resident evacuation.

  • JMA uses the name Emergency Warning for the following six meteorological phenomena: heavy rain, storms, storm surges, high waves, heavy snow and snowstorms (e.g., Emergency Warning for heavy rain). In regard to earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions, JMA maintains the system of warning nomenclature used until 29 August, 2013 but issues messages in the new classification of Emergency Warnings for phenomena expected to far exceed the Warning criteria.

  • Emergency Warnings are issued when a phenomenon is expected to be of a scale that will far exceed the Warning criteria. They are intended for extraordinary phenomena such as the major tsunami caused by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the 1959 storm surge in Ise Bay caused by Typhoon Vera (a.k.a. Ise-wan Typhoon) and the 2011 heavy rain caused by Typhoon Talas.

  • Emergency Warnings are disseminated to the public through municipalities and media such as TV and radio in the same way as existing Warnings, Advisories and other bulletins. Emergency Warnings are conveyed to municipalities via various channels including prefectural governments, police agencies and fire departments. Look out for relevant messages on TV, Radio, Internet and Loudspeaker Vans.

  • It’s a good idea to remember the kanji as well, as it will help you differentiate these warnings quickly.

It’s also a good idea to remember the colours which are associated with the three different warning level classifications.

Please note that all warning levels should be taken seriously.

When you see a yellow warning, make sure you’re ready if things get worse.

If you see a red warning, things are very bad, and you should take action. Listen to warnings carefully and follow evacuation advisories and instruction. If you’re unable to evacuate to your local shelter, evacuate to somewhere safer in your building.

A purple warning is the new Emergency Warning. This is serious. Take immediate action to protect life. Respond flexibly and be aware of the extreme dangers in your immediate environment. Always be ready for the worst and regularly check evacuation routes and procedures.


The above information was compiled from information on the JMA website and Information Leaflets at http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/en/Emergency_Warning/ew_index.html, http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/en/Emergency_Warning/FAQ.html, and the NIC Website’s Daily Living Guide section.

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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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