Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

Photo courtesy of Konomiya Shrine
             Photo courtesy of Konomiya Shrine

With approximately 10,000 bare-skinned men this is one of the largest and oldest “Hadaka Matsuri” in Japan and attracts approximately 200,000 to 300,000 spectators each year. On the day, around 10,000 naked men converge on the shrine, with the first groups appearing from around noon. The main event starts from 3pm when a man designated as the “lucky” Shin-Otoko appears and for around an hour he becomes the center of attention as thousands of now intoxicated, naked men converge on the man in a bid to touch him.

When: Wednesday, February 12 (15:00 – 18:00; climax from 16:30) Arrive before 1pm in order to secure a good viewing spot.

Where: Konomiya Shrine 国府宮神社, Inazawa City

Access: A 3 minute walk from the north exit of Konomiya Station (国府宮), on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main line between Nagoya and Gifu; takes 13 minutes and costs 340 Yen from Nagoya Station.


Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances


Subscription Concerts 定期演奏会

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 (地下鉄栄駅)

The 410th Subscription Concert 名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第410回定期演奏会

Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor International Contemporary Ensemble “Water – impression on the sea, the beginning of life” F. Bridge The Sea D. Fujikura Mina, Concerto for 5 Soloists and Orchestra [Co-commissioned Work, Japan Premiere] A. Bruckner Symphony No.4 in E flat major “Romantic” [ed. R. Haas,1878/80 ver.]

When: Friday, February 21 (18:45) & Saturday, February 22 (16:00) Cost: 1,000 Yen to 6,000 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24,only same day tickets are available.

The 411th Subscription Concert 名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第410回定期演奏会

Rory MACDONALD, Conductor Maria FORSSTRÖM, Contralto Tetsuya MOCHIZUKI, Tenor “Earth – eternal earth, farewell to our life” R. Wagner Siegfried ldyll G. Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

When: Friday, March 14 (18:45) & Saturday, March 15 (16:00) Cost: 1,000 Yen to 6,000 Yen. For audience up to the age of 24,only same day tickets are available.

Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra Salon Concerts 名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団サロンコンサート

Where: Nagoya City Music Plaza 1F “Music Salon” (名古屋市音楽プラザ) Access: A 6 minute walk from Kanayama Station (金山駅) or an 8 minute walk from Higashibetsuin Station (東別院駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

February Guest: Naoko KANOHZAWA (Viola) When: Wednesday, February 5 at 18:30 Cost: Free

March Guest: Haruhiko FUKUDA (Flute) When: Thursday, March 20 at 18:30 Cost: Free




“Takisun” will be performing a folklore live for a second time (the first was for our 1st year opening celebrations).

When: Saturday, February 15 (doors open 18:00, performance begins 18:30)

Where: Cafe Abbey

Access: Approximately a 1 minute walk north from Kawana Station on the Tsurumai Subway Line, exit 1.

Cost: Advance tickets 2,500 Yen or 3,000 Yen on the day (includes 1 drink)


The Takisanji Ogre Festival

The Takisanji Ogre Festival
             Photo courtesy of Okazaki Tourism Association

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

When: Saturday, February 15 (from 13:00, the main event starts at around 19:00)

Where: Takisanji Temple 滝山寺, Okazaki City

Access: Additional temporary Meitetsu bus services will also be available from Meitetsu Higashi Okazaki Station (東岡崎) to the temple. Get off at Takisanji-shita (滝山寺下); takes 25 minutes and costs 370 Yen. A special park & ride shuttle bus service will also be available (17:00 -19:30) from the Okazaki Municipal Athletic Ground 県営岡崎総合運動場.


One Coin Classic Movie Series – Charade

名作映画シリーズ ミナミシネマ Vol.25「シャレード」

One Coin Classic Movie Series – Charade

Every two months, the Minami Mini Theater screens a classic film for only 500 Yen. At this month’s screening, see Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant star in this mystery comedy about a woman’s murdered husband and three strange men.

When: Tuesday, February 18 (doors open at 13:00, screens at 13:30)

Where: Minami Mini Theatre 名古屋市南文化小劇場, Minami Ward

Access: A 15 minute walk north from JR Kasadera Station or a 15 minute walk South from Horita Subway Station. You can also take a City bus from Horita Subway Station, exit 3: get off at Chikama-dori 2 chome

Admission: 500 Yen. Advanced tickets available from Nadya Park 8F Ticket Guide or direct from all Nagoya City Mini Theatres.


Wan-nyan Dome 2014

Wan-nyan Dome 2014
                Photo courtesy of Aichi Television

Get to play with cats and dogs from around the world at this world class event in the Tokai region! This year’s main attraction is “The Puppy”. See a huge group of them get together in the dome! Booths with champion dogs from all over the globe as well as a human VS dogs athletic tournament, an exotic cats exhibit plus many more fun activities. An enjoyable event for all where pet owners are also welcome to bring their pets along to the show.

When: Saturday, February 15 & Sunday, February 16 (10:00 – 17:00 [16:30 on the last day])

Where: Nagoya Dome ナゴヤドーム – a short walk from Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Subway Station.

Admission: Adults 1400 Yen (1200 Yen in advance), children (3-12) 900 Yen (700 Yen in advance); advance tickets available at Ticket Pia, Circle K and Sunkus with P-code 988-650.


Toba no Himatsuri – The Fire Festival of Toba

Toba no Himatsuri - the Fire Festival of Toba
                Photo courtesy of Nishio City Hall

One of the most peculiar, extraordinary annual festivals in Japan. Its official name is ‘Toba-dai-kagaribi (the great bonfire of Toba)’, and it is registered as a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.

Event Highlights

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

When: Sunday, February 9 (15:00 – 20:30 approx)

Where: Toba Shinmeisha Shrine 鳥羽新明社, Hazu-cho

Access: A 15 minute walk from Mikawa-Toba Station 三河鳥羽. From Nagoya take the JR Tokaido Line to Gamagori and change to the Meitestu Gamagori Line.


Kinoshita Circus

Kinoshita Circus
                    Photo courtesy of Kinoshita Circus

See an amazing program consisting of; Web Rope Show, Safari Spectacle, Miraculous White Lions, Death Defying Motorcycle Globe, Adorable Elephant Show, Double Flying Trapeze and Russian Acrobats, Wheel of Death, Sliding Tightrope, “Seven Chairs Show” and more! Formed 112 years ago and always evolving, Kinoshita Circus is sure to impress!

When: Performances between Saturday, February 22 and Monday, May 19. Closed every Thursday, 3/5 (Wed.), 4/9 (Wed.), 5/7 (Wed.). Shows on at the following times; Mondays to Wednesdays 11:00, 13:40. Fridays and 2/22 (Sat.) 13:00, 15:40. Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays 10:20, 13:00, 15:40.

Where: Nagoya City, Minato Ward, Port Messe Nagoya – Carpark (especially prepared site)

Cost: Adults (Senior HS Students and over) 2,800 Yen. Children (aged 3 to Junior HS Students) 1,800 Yen. 200 Yen discounts for advance purchases. Tickets, as well as reserved seating can be purchased through Ticket Pia and at all major convenience stores. Additional charges from 1,000 to 2,000 Yen apply for reserved seating.

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

Website: http://www.kinoshita-circus.co.jp/


Manhattan Jazz Orchestra

Manhattan Jazz Orchestra
                                       Photo courtesy of Chukyo Television

The world famous Big Band from New York, together with the skill and genius of arranger David Matthews are coming to Japan to heat up the stage with their thrilling and powerful performance!

Direction/Piano: David Matthews, Manhattan Jazz Orchestra

Program: Sing Sing Sing, Take the A Train, String of Pearls, Spain, In the Mood, and more.

When: Sunday, March 2 (15:00, entry from 14:15)

Where: Aichi Arts Center – Concert Hall 愛知県芸術劇場コンサートホール

Access: Approximately a 2 minute walk east from Sakae Subway Station exit 4.

Cost: S-Seats 7,000 Yen, A-Seats 5,500 Yen. Tickets can be purchased at convenience stores as follows – Seven Eleven 026-971, Lawson 45032, Ticket Pia 217-154. Also available at Aichi Arts Center and major ticket vendors.


Nagoya Auto Trend

ナゴヤ オートトレンド
Nagoya Auto Trend
          Photo courtesy of Nagoya Auto Trend

Whether you prefer four wheels or two wheels this is the show for you. Japan’s major auto manufacturers and independent workshops will be displaying their very own custom-built cars and motorbikes in this annual car show.

When: Saturday, March 1 & Sunday, March 2 (10:00 to 17:00)

Where: Port Messe Nagoya ポートメッセなごや

Admission: 2000 Yen for adults, 800 Yen for elementary school students; advanced tickets (1800 Yen & 500 Yen) available via the P-code system (988-665) at Circle K & Sunkus stores. Up to two preschoolers may enter for free with an adult.

Access: A 5 minute walk from the Aonami Line’s Kinjo-futo Station


Please be aware that all aforementioned event times, locations, and prices are subject to change without notice.


(NIC Events Information)

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