The 60th Nagoya Festival

Photo courtesy of Nagoya City
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City

The Nagoya Festival is Nagoya’s largest festival. The festival’s main attraction is its parade, but there are also events at Oasis 21, Hisayaodori Park, and other spots around the City. The festival’s main attraction is its parade with the procession of Nagoya’s 3 local feudal lords, Nobunaga ODA, Hideyoshi TOYOTOMI, and Ieyasu TOKUGAWA, along with 600 mounted soldiers, foot soldiers, entertainers, and dancers.

The parade is done over two different routes over two days and features dashi (festival floats) & kagura floats (both 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 at Oasis 21 in Sakae and Hisaya Odori Park in Yaba-cho.

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the festival, and on Friday the 17th there will be an evening festival to celebrate. You’ll be able to enjoy cuisine from Nagoya such as kishimen, ankake pasta, and miso katsu, as well as sake. On Saturday the 18th, see dashi floats decorated with beautiful lanterns parade the streets. At Nagoya Castle, a karakuri performance will also be held.

★Saturday, October 18
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 approximately 16:30.

★Sunday, October 19
The head of the parade departs Shiyakusho (City Hall) at approx 10:45, going via Sakuradori Otsu and Sakae – Mitsukoshi, before arriving at Yaba-cho. The back of the parade arrives at Yaba-cho at approximately 15:20.


Horikawa Water Magic Festival


A number of water bus tours between Nayabashi and Asahibashi, will be held over two days. Combined with walking, these boat rides will take you to Nagoya Castle, and Shikemichi. The Nagoya City Science Museum tour, perfect for kids and parents, will be held as well. There will also be a creator’s market and more around Nayabashi. On the same days, you can also enjoy the Endoji Paris Festival.

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct. throughout the day.
Information: Call 052-522-0025 (Japanese).


Endoji Autumn Paris Festival 2014


Once again, a fun weekend is planned for this year’s festival. There will be stalls and artists from within and outside Aichi Prefecture, turning Endoji into a French shopping district where people mingle, enjoy shopping and conversation.

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct.
Where: Endoji Shopping District (円頓寺商店街), East arcade.
Access: A short walk from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).
Further Information: http://endoji-paris.net/ and https://www.facebook.com/endoji.paris


Konpiraguusama Festival


An autumn festival for the local shrine that protects the Endoji Shopping District. There will be omikuji (paper fortune, in Nagoya dialect) and other events.

When: Thu. 9 Oct. and Fri. 10 Oct.
Where: Endoji Shopping District (円頓寺商店街), Konpira Shrine (金刀比羅神社)
Access: A short walk from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)


Hanaguruma Shinmeisha Festival – Gathering of the Floats  [ 花車神明社例大祭 山車揃え ]

This is a long established parade with a history of around 200 years! In the morning, three floats will make their way through their respective neighbourhoods. In the evening, they assemble together, decorated with beautiful lanterns which light up the floats – where a karakuri performance is offered. At about 9pm, the three floats part and make their way back home. The sight of the majestic floats as they sway in the beauty of the evening dark and lights to the echo of the karakuri performance’s music, is a sight not to be missed. This is a great opportunity to see some local history, with roots right in the centre of Nagoya!

When: Sat. 11 Oct. Will be postponed to Sun. 12 Oct. in the event of rain.

At approx. 9:00, they will be pulled around the Meieki 1-Chome (名駅1丁目) and Meieki Minami 5-Chome (名駅南5丁目) areas.
Karakuri Offering
At approx. 19:00, at the Shinmei Shrine. Meieki 5-13-6, Nakamura Ward, Nagoya City (名古屋市中村区名駅5丁目13番6号)

Access: A short walk from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Sakuradōri Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).


Mino Washi Akari Art (Creative Lantern) Contest and Exhibition [ 美濃和紙あかりアート ]

Photo Courtesy of Mino City Tourism Association
Photo Courtesy of Mino City Tourism Association

See the old streets of Mino light up with these artistic lamps and works made with washi (traditional Japanese paper). The exhibition is in its twenty-first year and the quality of the winning entries to date have been of an outstanding caliber. It’s only on show for two days, and it’s definitely worth the trip! Surround yourself with these beautiful works on a pleasant autumn evening. A truly memorable and traditional experience.

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct. (17:00 – 21:00)
Where: Near Mino City Station (美濃市駅), Gifu
Access: From Nagoya, take the Express Nagoya Meitetsu Bus (高速名古屋線バス) from the Bus Center (バスセンター) and alight at Udatsu-no-machinami-dori (うだつの町並み通り) and walk for approximately 1 minute. If you go by train, it’s approximately a 10-minute walk from Mino City Station (美濃市駅) on the Nagaragawa-tetsudo (長良川鉄道)
Cost: Free


The 35th Komaki Shimin Matsuri


The 35th Komaki Shimin Matsuri is themed “Expanding the Circle of Friendship” and will be held on the third weekend of October. There will be a character show, balloon art, product shows, and parades. It’s an event where both children and adults can enjoy themselves in a fun atmosphere!
At the same time, the Komakiyama Interpreters Volunteer Group will be holding tours in English, to give English speakers the opportunity to learn more about the area! Tours are free, however reservations are required.

When: Sat. 18 Oct. and Sun. 19 Oct. (10:00 – 16:00)
Where: Komakiyama, City Hall, and in front of the station.
Tours in English: For enquiries and reservations, call the volunteer group on 090-8072-2817 or e-mail noopy2476@yahoo.co.jp


Inazawa Sand Festa 2014

Photo Courtesy of Kisosansen Park
Photo Courtesy of Kisosansen Park

This event is a huge attraction for anyone who appreciates immaculately crafted sand sculptures. Held annually, the event attracted around 50,000 people! This year’s theme for the competition is “An important message to someone/something”. A message to family, a friend, an onlooker, the future! Sculptures are sized up to 3m x 3m. See how the creativity of the sand sculptors handles this year’s challenge!

When: Sat. 11 Oct. and Sun. 12 Oct. (10:00 – 15:30)
Where: Sario Park Sobue (Kokuei Kiso Sansen Koen Wild Nature Plaza, Ken-ei Kisogawa Sobue Greens, Shiei Sobue Wild Nature Greens) – Aichi-ken Inazawa-shi Sobue-cho
Access: During the event, a free shuttle bus will be in operation from Meitetsu Morikami Station (名鉄森上駅). By car, 15 minutes from Hashima (羽島) IC on the Meishin Expressway (名神高速道路).
Cost: Free
More information: http://www.kisosansenkoen.go.jp/


World Collaboration Festival 2014


Chubu’s largest international exchange event is now in its 11th year! Learn about causes for the good of multicultural harmony, watch on-stage music and dance performances from around the world, as well as booths presented by NGOs and NPOs. All are welcome and admission is free! No reservations are required.

When: Sat. 25 Oct. and Sun. 26 Oct.
Where: Oasis 21 in Sakae (both days 10:00 – 18:00)
Website: http://www.world-collabo.jp/


Yattokame Cultural Festival


A cultural and historical festival of Nagoya, with traditional cultural performances. A number of lectures and workshops on the history and culture of the city, tours of famous sights and attractions will also be held.

When: Fri. 31 Oct. through Mon. 24 Nov.

Opening Event: A grand stage event filled with laughter and fun!
When: Fri. 31 Oct. from 18:00
Where: Midland Square B1 Atrium Event Space

Cultural Presentations:
A number of events including theatre, comedy, traditional music and more at various locations in the city every day.
When: Between Sat. 1 Nov. to Mon. 24 Nov. For detailed times, check the below website.

Stage Performances:
Nine presentations of Noh, traditional Japanese Kyogen comic theatre, and others will be performed. For detailed tiems, check the below website.

Lectures and Workshops:
Talks and workshops on the history and traditional cultures of the city, the historic buildings of Nagoya will be held. For detailed tiems, check the below website.

Historical Tour of the City:
In addition to the twenty-three courses from last year’s festival, an additional thirteen course have been newly added to make it an even more engaging experience.

Website: http://www.yattokame.jp


The Three Feudal Lords and Nagoya

Image of Tokugawa Ieyasu from the Nagoya City Museum Collection
Image of Tokugawa Ieyasu from the Nagoya City Museum Collection

The three warlords, also known as san’eiketsu (三英傑), all from Aichi Prefecture who aimed to unify Japan in the Warring States era, are an integral part of Japanese history. They are Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. At this exhibition, chronologically arranged displays will help you learn more about the paths they took which led to the unification. Paintings, old manuscripts and weapons which have been collected by the museum over the last forty years will also be on display.

When: Sat. 25 Oct. to Sun. 30 Nov. (9:30 – 17:00). Closed on 27,28 Oct., and 4, 10, 17, 25 Nov. Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing times.
Where: Nagoya City Museum (名古屋市博物館)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Sakurayama Station (桜山駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).
Cost: Adults 800 (600) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 400 (200) Yen; Junior HS Students and under gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.
Information: Call 052-853-2655 or fax 052-853-3636.


NIC Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary This Month!


On the 12th of October, NIC celebrates its 30th birthday! Thanks to everyone’s support, we have been able to provide the community with a valuable service. We look forward to continuing our efforts and being there for you in the future!


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


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