DECEMBER 2014, HERE AND THERE IN NAGOYA

 [ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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Star★Light Revue 2014
スター☆ライト レビュー 2014

Photo courtesy of Fuyu no Saiten Jikko Iinkai Jimukyoku
Photo courtesy of Fuyu no Saiten Jikko Iinkai Jimukyoku

The “Starlight Hanabi” – a 30-minute winter firework display launched over the ocean and set to music – is on the 24th of December (19:00 – 19:30). The Free Hills Jazz Orchestra will also be performing a special Christmas concert from 18:00 – 18:30. Entry is free!

Access: A short walk from Nagoyako Station (名古屋港駅), on the Meiko Subway Line (地下鉄名港線) Exit 3 (3番出口). 550 parking spaces available (30 mins 100, max 1000 Yen). Parking is not available on 24 Dec. Please use public transport due to traffic conditions.

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Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances

Subscription Concerts 定期演奏会

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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 419th Subscription Concert 名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第419回定期演奏会

Tadaaki OTAKA, Conductor Sunao GOKO, Violin “The First of Enfants Terribles” W. A. Mozart Symphony No.1 in E flat major, K.16 S. Prokofiev Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19 W. Walton Symphony No.1 in B flat minor

When: Fri. 12 Dec. (18:45) & Sat. 13 Dec. (16:00) Tickets: S-Seats 6,200 Yen; A-Seats 5,100 Yen; B-Seats 4,100 Yen; C-Seats 3,100 Yen; Y-Seats (only for 24 and under, on the day, at the door) 1,000 Yen. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666 (Japanese/English).

The 420th Subscription Concert 名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第420回定期演奏会

Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor Susan BULLOCK, Soprano Richard Berkeley-STEELE, Tenor Kazuhiro KOTETSU, Bass “The First Act of the First day of Der Ring” R. Strauss Serenade in E flat major, Op.7 B. Britten Simple Symphony, Op.4 R. Wagner Act1 to Die Walküre

When: Fri. 30 Jan. (18:45) & Sat. 31 Jan. (16:00) Tickets: S-Seats 7,200 Yen; A-Seats 6,200 Yen; B-Seats 5,100 Yen; C-Seats 4,100 Yen; Y-Seats (only for 24 and under, on the day, at the door) 1,000 Yen. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide on 052-339-5666 (Japanese/English).

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)

December 2014 Performing: Naoko KANOZAWA, Viola When: Thu. 17 Dec. at 18:30 Cost: Free

January 2015 Performing: Takeshi KUBOTA, Percussion When: Tue. 13 Dec. at 18:30 Cost: Free

Martyn BRABBINS, Chief Conductor

Susan BULLOCK, Soprano

Richard Berkeley-STEELE, Tenor

Kazuhiro KOTETSU, Bass

“The First Act of the First day of Der Ring”

  1. Strauss Serenade in E flat major, Op.7
  2. Britten Simple Symphony, Op.4
  3. Wagner Act1 to Die Walküre

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AFSA – The 50th International Students Evening
留学生の夕べ

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International students will be presenting songs & dances in their native languages. Hosted by the Aichi Foreign Students’ Association (AFSA). Why not join them? All are welcome.

When: Sat. 13 Dec. (12:30 to 16:20)
Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall.
Cost: Free. For more information call the ISC on 052-654-3511.

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NIC Regional Seminar – 2014

地域の国際化セミナー 2014

In order for “Community Disaster Prevention” to function effectively for locals in the event of a disaster, it’s imperative that we familiarize ourselves with each other in person to strengthen communal relationships. This also forms a part of our work towards achieving multicultural harmony.

While drawing on the concept of “multicultural harmony”, cases which aim to improve “Community Disaster Prevention” will be presented and discussed. We will be thinking about what multicultural harmony means in the context of our local community, which consists of people from various backgrounds.

When: Sun. 14 Dec. (13:00 – 16:30)

Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall

How to Participate: Reserve your place after 11 Nov. by calling 052-581-5689 or e-mailing us using the below contact form – there are 150 places available, and it costs 500 Yen to join (free for supporting members).

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Permanent Museum Exhibit: Daily Life –
from Past to Present

常設展「くらしのうつりかわり」
Washing clothes in the past using a washboard.
Washing clothes in the past using a washboard.

Washboards, lanterns, and ice boxes are some of the items we associate with daily life in the past. These, along with other tools, are presented in this exhibition where you’ll be able to see how much Japan has changed over the last 100 years.

For some visitors, these items may bring back memories. You may remember your parents or grandparents using or speaking of these items when you were younger, or perhaps you have used some of these items yourself! It’s sure to be a nostalgic experience.

For children who come and see all these tools, they’ll be amazed at how much things have changed in such a short time, and how many things were possible without the use of electricity, and see how fortunate we are now to have so many types of home appliances that make life easier and more convenient.

On weekends and holidays between Sat. 13 Dec. and Sun. 1 Mar. in Room #7 of the Gallery on level 3, visitors will have the opportunity to touch and use some of the items too, so it will be a great experience for children and adults alike to not only see these remarkable tools from the past, but to actually come into close contact with them! A great learning experience for all! Entry to this area is free!

When: Tue. 9 Dec. to Sun. 22 Mar. (9:30 – 17:00). Last entry 16:30. Closed on Mondays (in the event it falls on a national holiday, closed the next business day instead). Also closed on the 4th Tuesday of every month, unless it falls on a national holiday. End of year closure is from Mon. 29 Dec. to Sat. 3 Jan. For scheduled maintenance, the museum will also be closed between Mon. 1 Dec. and Mon. 8 Dec.
Where: Nagoya City Museum (名古屋市博物館) Level 2 Permanent Exhibition Room.
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: General admission 300 (250) Yen; Senior HS and College Students 200 (150) Yen; Junior HS Students and under gain free entry. Prices in brackets are for groups of 30 or more.

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Kanjiru Jomon Jidai

感じる縄文時代
Blazed Earthenware from Jomon Period
Blazed Earthenware from Jomon Period

Approximately 16,000 years ago, the ice age came to an end. As the climate reached a more pleasant temperature, the production of pottery began, and the Jomon period commenced. From that time up until approximately 2,700 years ago, for over 10,000 years, this hunter-gatherer culture continued.

At this exhibition, the representative remnants of the era which include blazed earthenware, as well as many other pottery and tools, will show you the vitality and rich culture of the era.

When: Sat. 13 Dec. to Sun. 8 Feb. (9:30 – 17:00). Last entry 16:30. Closed on Mondays (in the event it falls on a national holiday, closed the next business day instead). Also closed on the 4th Tuesday of every month, unless it falls on a national holiday. End of year closure is from Mon. 29 Dec. to Sat. 3 Jan. For scheduled maintenance, the museum will also be closed between Mon. 1 Dec. and Mon. 8 Dec.
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 600 (400) 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.

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Nagoya Akari Night 2014

ナゴヤアカリナイト2014
Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower
Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower

See the central area of Sakae gloriously decorated with an impressive display of lighting. You’ll see petite hand-made lights line the paths, as well as overwhelming displays of LED lights illuminate the walkways.

Every year at Akari Night a grand symbol is featured, and is majestically lit up, drawing a large number of people. This year’s symbol is the “Rainbow Tree” (located in Mochi-no-ki Hiroba) and will be illuminated with both lights and a projection device.

In total, approximately 100,000 bulbs are planned to be used this year. The whole area around the base of the TV Tower, as well as the east and west footpaths of the gardens will be beautifully decorated with light to create “Akari Street”. To the north of the TV Tower, you’ll find two new additions – “Akari Art Gallery” and the “Floral Clock of Lights”.

On the southern side, the surface of Sakaegawa River (さかえ川) will be decorated to create “Illumination Avenue”. This is a beautiful annual event that lights up the streets of Sakae up until February. It’s a perfect atmosphere for couples, families, tourists, and just about everyone else!

When: Until Sun. 1 Feb. Lights up between 17:00 and 23:00.
Where: Around the base of the TV Tower (テレビ塔), Mochi-no-ki Hiroba (もちの木広場), Hisaya-Odori Koen (久屋大通公園).
Access: A short walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線/名城線). Follow the signs to the TV Tower (テレビ塔).
Enquiries: Nagoya Akari Night Administrative Office (Nagoya TV Tower K.K.) Tel. 052-971-8546.

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Toyota Home Rink

トヨタホームリンク
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network

Back for the sixth time since 2009, the Toyota Home Rink is the ideal place to skate this winter on the way to or back home from work or school! It’s a great place for families, and at night, with all the atmospheric lighting, it makes for a popular venue for couples. It uses patented American made interlocked resin sheets called “Super-Glide” instead of ice. Although it offers the same level of glide-ability, it makes it easier for beginners to stand – and if you fall, you won’t get cold and wet!

When: Until Sun. 1 Mar. Open every day from 13:00 to 20:00. Weekends, public holidays and winter holidays (Dec. 24 to Jan. 6) open from 10:00 to 20:00.
Where: Oasis 21, Ginga-no-Hiroba (オアシス21銀河の広場)
Cost: Junior HS students and over 900 Yen on weekdays, 1,200 Yen on weekends, holidays, and winter holiday season. Elementary school students and under 500 (450) Yen. Advance ticket prices in brackets and are available via Ticket Pia. *You cannot bring your own skates. All patrons must wear gloves whilst in the rink. Weekday Half-Price Discounts: ① Groups of three or more students (student ID cards required). ② Two or more people (junior HS students and over) who enter after 17:00. ③ Ladies (junior HS students and over) on Fridays (all day, except during the winter holiday season).

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Nagoya Antique Fair

名古屋骨董祭
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Kottousai
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Kottousai

Over 200 stalls to explore at Chubu area’s largest antique fair. From kimonos and armour to toys and retro items, a wide range of both Japanese and Western antiques will be on sale. Entry is FREE!

When: Fri. 5 Dec. to Sun. 7 Dec. (10:00 – 17:00)
Where: Fukiage Hall (吹上ホール)
Access: A 5-minute walk from Fukiage Station (吹上駅) Exit 5 (5番出口) on the Sakuradori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線).

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Nagoya City Year End & New Year Garbage Collection

名古屋市の年末年始ごみ・資源・収集のお知らせ

Don’t be stuck with huge bags of garbage in your apartment until the New Year. Make a note of the last and first garbage collection days of 2014 / 2015. No waste collection will take place from Wed. 31 Dec. to Sun. 4 Jan.  Please check the below table for details.

Don’t be stuck with huge bags of garbage in your apartment until the New Year. See below for the last and first collection days of 2014 / 2015. No waste collection will take place from Wed. 31 Dec. and Sun. 4 Jan. Please check the below information for further details.
Burnable Garbage & Hazardous Flammable Items 可燃ごみ・発火性危険物
Regular collection day 2014 last collection 2015 first collection
Monday & Thursday Dec. 29 (Mon) Jan. 5 (Mon)
Tuesday & Friday Dec. 30 (Tue) Jan. 6 (Tue)
*includes spray cans, disposable lighters, non-rechargeable lithium batteries, and other hazardous flammable items; don’t put them in the same bag as your burnable garbage!
Recyclables 資源 – Plastic Containers & Packaging
Regular collection day 2014 last collection 2015 first collection
Monday Dec. 29 Jan. 5
Tuesday Dec. 30 Jan. 6
Wednesday Dec. 24 Jan. 7
Thursday Dec. 25 Jan. 8
Friday Dec. 26 Jan. 9
Recyclables 資源 – Paper Containers & Packaging / Plastic Bottles / Empty Cans / Empty Glass Jars & Bottles
Regular collection day 2014 last collection 2015 first collection
Monday Dec. 29 Jan. 12*
Tuesday Dec. 30 Jan. 6
Wednesday Dec. 24 Jan. 7
Thursday Dec. 25 Jan. 8
Friday Dec. 26 Jan. 9
*no collection on January 5
Non-Burnable Garbage 不燃ごみ & Large-Sized Garbage 粗大ごみ
Regular collection day 2014 last collection 2015 first collection
1st Wednesday of the month Dec. 3 Jan. 7
1st Thursday of the month Dec. 4 Jan. 8
1st Friday of the month Dec. 5 Jan. 9
2nd Wednesday of the month Dec. 10 Jan. 14
2nd Thursday of the month Dec. 11 Jan. 15
2nd Friday of the month Dec. 12 Jan. 16
3rd Wednesday of the month Dec. 17 Jan. 21
3rd Thursday of the month Dec. 18 Jan. 22
3rd Friday of the month Dec. 19 Jan. 23
4th Wednesday of the month Dec. 24 Jan. 28
4th Thursday of the month Dec. 25 Jan. 29
4th Friday of the month Dec. 26 Jan. 30
Collection of Large-Sized Garbage takes place only once a month and by reservation only. It is a charged service. See http://www.nic-nagoya.or.jp/sodai for full details on how to apply. The “Large-Sized Garbage” (sodai-gomi 粗大ごみ) call center will also be closed between Sat. 27 Dec. and Sun. 4 Jan.To apply for the disposal of “Large-Sized Garbage” call 0120-758-530 (free-dial), or if calling from a mobile phone or outside Aichi Prefecture call 052-950-2581 (call charges apply). If your pick up day falls between Wed. 7 Jan. and Fri. 9 Jan. (inclusive), applications should be made by Fri. 26 Dec.If applying via the above website (available in Japanese only), please apply by Tue. 23 Dec. You can also call via the Nagoya International Center’s 3-way phone interpreter service “Trio-Phone” on 052-581-6112.

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All Night Subways & Discount Subway Travel

名古屋で年末年始とドニチエコきっぷ
*Ticket design may vary. The above image was current at the time of publishing.

The Do-nichi Eco Ticket (ドニチエコきっぷ) is a one-day pass that allows commuters to ride all Nagoya City subways and city buses all day on weekends, the 8th of the month, public holidays, and any other days when the train and bus schedules run on a holiday schedule! It only costs 600 Yen for adults, 300 Yen for children (aged 6 to 12), and it can be purchased at any subway station ticket gate or on a city bus.

What’s more, on December 31, all Nagoya City Subway stations, except for the Kamiiida line, will be operating all night, with trains departing every 30 minutes! If you first use a Do-nichi Eco Ticket before 22:00 on December 31 the ticket can be used until 06:00 on January 1, and if you first use a Do-nichi Eco Ticket after 22:00 on December 31 the ticket can be used until the last train on January 1.

A full schedule will be posted at all subway stations from December 22.

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Sending New Year’s Post Cards
(Nengajo) Overseas

In Japan it is custom to send New Year’s postcards (年賀状 nengajo) to friends and relatives, similar to the Western custom of sending Christmas cards. Nengajo are sold at post offices and convenience stores until the 2nd week of January, both blank cards for self-decoration and pre-designed cards – traditionally decorated to show the new zodiac sign (2015 is the year of the sheep) – are available. Nengajo mailed before December 25 to addresses in Japan are delivered by the post office on January 1st. Blank card cost 52 Yen each.

Did you know that New Year’s post cards issued by Japan Post can be sent overseas with an additional 18 Yen postage stamp? Sending a large number of Christmas cards to family and friends overseas can cost you a small fortune, however sending a New Year’s post card is not only cost effective, you will also be sending a little bit of Japanese New Year’s culture!

This year, Japan Post is releasing special stamps for the supplementary 18 Yen stamp – 2 designs, featuring sushi and tempura will be used! It’ll make your post card even more treasured by your loved ones.

How to write an overseas card

  1. Add an additional 18 Yen stamp
  2. No need to cross or blank out the red “new year” section of the card
  3. Write “AIRMAIL” and “POSTCARD” on the address side of the postcard.
  • The card should be horizontal with the addresses written horizontally along the longest axis.
  • The senders name should be at top, the destination address at the bottom.
  • Addresses can be written in English, French, or the language of the destination country (Japanese is not allowed).
  • There is no special New Year’s Day delivery like domestic New Year’s cards. Overseas cards are handled like regular airmail.
  • Prizes for New Year Cards with winning lottery numbers (printed on the red strip) can only be claimed at domestic post offices.

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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 ]

Henri Daros

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