MARCH 2015, HERE AND THERE, IN NAGOYA

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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The Season for Plum Blossoms

Agricultural Center Weeping Plum Blossom Festival
名古屋市農業センター しだれ梅まつり
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City
Weeping plum blossoms at the Agricultural Center, Nagoya City. Photo courtesy of Nagoya City

The Agricultural Center is home to one of the largest weeping plum blossom gardens in Japan, with 12 varieties and around 700 individual trees. Check the state of the plum blossoms before you go, on the Agricultural Center’s Facebook page.
There is also a range of other agricultural attractions including exotic breeds of chicken. They even have cows (and use the fresh milk to make gelato onsite), pigs, guinea pigs, and more to please animal lovers young and old. You will also find a fruit/vegetable grocery store there. A highly recommended spot for all age groups.

When: Wed. 25 Feb. to Sun. 22 Mar. (9:00 – 16:30) Dates may change depending on the state of the plum blossoms.

Where: Agricultural Center (農業センター), Tempaku Ward (天白区)

Access: A 20-minute walk from Hirabari (平針駅) or Akaike (赤池駅) Stations on the subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線); By bus: From Hirabari take the City Bus for Chikatetsu Hara (地下鉄原) to Nogyo Senta Kita (農業センター北) bus stop, walk for 5 minutes. From Akaike take the Meitetsu Bus for Yufukuji (祐福寺) or Zengo (前後) to Araike (荒池) bus stop, walk for 6 minutes.

Admission: Free

Parking: 500 Yen for cars, 150 Yen for motorbikes and scooters.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/noucenter (Japanese)

Plum Blossoms at the Aichi Arbor Center, Inazawa
Plum Blossoms at the Aichi Arbor Center, Inazawa

The 9th Inazawa Plum Blossom Festival
第9回いなざわ梅まつり

The Aichi Arbor Center has a diverse variety of plants, so visitors can appreciate flowers in any season. The plum blossom garden features over 100 varieties and 200 individual trees, making it an important model plum blossom garden, and a popular spot when the plum blossoms are in flower. Different varieties bloom at different times, so you can enjoy the beautiful sight of the blossoms over a longer period in the early spring, from late February into March.
During the festival, in addition to viewing the plum blossoms, visitors can try a variety of foods (including kishimen noodles with gingko nuts) at the food stalls, and matcha green tea. Inazawa mascot Inappy will be on stage with
some friends, and you’ll also be able to buy plants and seedlings.

When: Sat. 7 Mar. and Sun. 8 Mar.

Where: Aichi Arbor Center (愛知県植木センター) in Inazawa (稲沢市)

Access: From Konomiya Station (国府宮駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (名鉄名古屋本線), take the Meitetsu bus to Yawase-Kannon (矢合観音) bus stop, from which Aichi Arbor Center is a 10-minute walk. A free shuttle bus will run between Inazawa City Hall (稲沢市役所) and Aichi Arbor Center every 20 minutes (9:10-15:50).

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Handa Spring Float Festival (Okkawa District)

半田春の山車祭り(乙川地区)
Photo courtesy of Handa City Tourism Bureau
Photo courtesy of Handa City Tourism Bureau

In the Okkawa Matsuri, the kami, or deity, is transported upon a portable shrine from Okkawa Hachiman Shrine to its resting point at Wakamiya Shrine, before returning the following day. To protect the deity during the procession, the parishioners play drums and pull along four yama, or floats. The festival continues a long tradition, as the ritual was portrayed in a picture scroll dated from 1755. The main events are considered to be the pulling of the floats up and down the steep slope before the Okkawa Hachiman Shrine; the scale of the floats, which are some of the largest of the Handa-style floats; and the extravagant gold trimmings of the floats.

When: Sat. 21 Mar. (9:00 – 20:00) and Sun. 22 Mar. (9:00 – 18:00)

Where: Around Okkawa Hachiman Shrine (乙川八幡社) and Wakamiya Shrine (若宮社) in Handa City (半田市)

Access: A 5-minute walk north from Okkawa Station (乙川駅) on the JR Taketoyo Line (武豊線)

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The Tagata Jinja Honen Matsuri

田縣神社・豊年祭
Photo courtesy of Tagata Jinja
Photo courtesy of Tagata Jinja

A well-known unique festival where villagers carry on their shoulders a portable shrine which bears a 2m-long
phallus-shaped wooden sculpture. They offer this huge carving to the shrine praying for world peace, the growth of all things, and a good harvest. If you are only in Japan for a short time, this is a festival you should not miss. In addition, the Komaki Volunteer Interpreters offer a guide service for free, however reservations are required by calling 090-8072-2817 or by e-mailing noopy2476@yahoo.co.jp .

When: Sun. 15 Mar. (10:00 – 16:00; parade 14:00 – 15:30)

Where: Tagata Jinja (田縣神社), Komaki City (小牧市)

Access: A 5 minute walk from Tagata-jinja-mae Station (田県神社前駅), on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線); from Heian Dori Subway Station (地下鉄平安通駅) take the Kami-iida Subway Line (地下鉄上飯田線) bound for Inuyama (犬山).

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Oh-Agata Shrine Honensai

大縣神社豊年祭
Photo courtesy of Oh-Agata Jinja
Photo courtesy of Oh-Agata Jinja

Held at Oh-Agata Shrine to pray for a plentiful harvest and peace throughout the land, this is one of the famous festivals welcoming spring to the Owari district.
The main events are the dedication of a huge kagami-mochi (pounded rice cake); and a procession of some 250 people accompanying the deity Sarutahiko from Morokuwa Shrine to Oh-Agata Shrine. There is also a dedication of taiko drums and other musical performances, culminating in mochi-maki (rice cake throwing) at 16:00.

When: Sun. 15 Mar. (11:00 – 16:00)

Where: Oh-Agata Shrine (大縣神社) in Inuyama City (犬山市). Parade begins at Morokuwa Shrine (諸钁神社).

Access: About a 20-minute walk east of Gakuden Station (楽田駅) on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線)

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Nagoya Castle Spring Festival

名古屋城春の陣
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City

The spring festival at Nagoya Castle, famous for its cherry blossoms. A variety of events and performances will be held in the castle grounds and on the Nishinomaru Stage during the festival, until early May. From late March until early April you can see the beautiful cherry blossoms, and they will also be lit up at night. Make your visit a memorable one and enjoy the elegant beauty of the illuminated flowers and the castle tower during the grounds’ extended opening hours.

There will be live traditional music performances including the Koto, Shamisen and Wadaiko (Japanese drum). You can also join the Japanese tea ceremony held on 29 Mar. and 5 Apr. from 10:00 to 15:00. (Tickets will be available for purchase until 14:30.) Manju (Japanese sweets) and green tea will be served for 800 Yen.

When: 21 Mar. to 6 May (until 16:30. Last entry to the Donjon and Hommaru Palace 16:00). The entrance area of Hommaru Palace will be lit up from sunset until 20:00 from 27 Mar. to 12 Apr. Performances at the Castle’s Nishinomaru Stage from 11:30 to 14:00: Koto on 28 Mar., Shamisen on 29 Mar. and Wadaiko on 4 & 5 Apr.

Where: Nagoya Castle grounds (名古屋城内). Performances at Nishinomaru Stage (西之丸ステージ).

Access: A short walk from Shiyakusho Station (市役所駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)
Castle Entrance Fee: General Admission 500 Yen (Wear a kimono for a 100 Yen discount); entry free for Junior HS Students and younger.

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Shisuko Tohmoto – The Grandmother Artist
with the Heart of A Child

塔本シスコ展 ~こどもの心を持ったおばあちゃん画家~
Shisuko Tohmoto, Present for Ninety Year Old, 2003, oil on canvas
Shisuko Tohmoto, Present for Ninety Year Old, 2003, oil on canvas

Shisuko Tohmoto only began creating art earnestly after the age of 50. When she died at the age of 92, she left an enormous amount of artwork. Her works, born of an impulse to create, convey her overwhelming energy and her bright and cheerful character.

When: Until Sun. 29 Mar. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Bunka Forum Kasugai Gallery (文化フォーラム春日井・ギャラリー) in Kasugai (春日井)

Access: By Bus: From Kasugai Station (春日井駅) on the JR Chuo Line (JR中央線), take the Meitetsu Bus to Toriimatsu (鳥居松) bus stop, from which the venue is a 2-minute walk west. By rent-a-cycle: A 5- minute ride from Kasugai Station.

Admission: 300 Yen (Admission free for persons over 65, junior HS students and younger, and holders of a Physically Disabled Persons’ Handbook and one accompanying person)

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The 27th Travel Festival Nagoya 2015

第27回旅まつり名古屋2015 ~旅と宿と人のふれあい~
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Convention & Visitors Bureau

Planning a holiday trip, but not sure where to go? At this travel and tourism event, you’re sure to find lots of great ideas. There will be stalls promoting travel destinations not only within Japan, but overseas as well. See local tourism ambassadors from cute Yuru-chara characters to local ‘idol’ performers and samurai warriors, and dance performances on the stage. You can also try food from various locations.

When: Sat. 14 Mar. and Sun. 15 Mar. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Hisaya Plaza (久屋広場) and Angel Plaza (エンゼル広場) in Hisaya Odori Park (久屋大通公園), Sakae (栄)

Access: A short walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) on the Subway Higashiyama (東山線) and Meijo (名城線) Lines, and Yaba-cho Station (矢場町) on the Meijo Line.

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Minato Kids Town

みなとこどもタウン

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A little town of children, for children. Kids can come and enjoy playing and ‘working’ in shops! Then relax with and enjoy a performance. No reservations are required; just come and have fun!

When: Sun. 15 Mar. (10:30 – 15:00)

Where: Minato Lifelong Learning Center (港生涯学習センター)

Access: A 10-minute walk northeast of Tsukiji-guchi Station (築地口), or a 10-minute walk southeast of Minato Kuyakusho Station (港区役所) on the Meiko Line (名港線)

Cost: 200 Yen

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Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances

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Subscription Concerts
定期演奏会

The 422nd Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第422回定期演奏会

Tatsuya SHIMONO, Conductor
“The First of Maestros”
T. Matsumura Symphony No.1
A. Bruckner Symphony No.1 in C minor [Vienna Version]

When: Fri. 27 Mar. (18:45) & Sat. 28 Mar. (16:00)
Where: Aichi Prefectural Arts 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 (栄駅).
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 423rd Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第423回定期演奏会

“Diversion”
Masahiko ENKOJI, Resident Conductor
Richard LIN, Violin
Ai ICHIHARA, Soprano
E. W. Korngold Straussiana
E. W. Korngold Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35
G. Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G major

When: Fri. 24 Apr. (18:45) & Sat. 25 Apr. (16:00)
Where: Aichi Prefectural Arts 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 (栄駅).
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).


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)

March 2015

Performing: Haruhiko FUKUDA, Flute
When: Fri. 20 Mar. (18:30)
Cost: Free

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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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