Traditional Festivals

◆Atsuta Matsuri  [ 熱田まつり ]

Officially known as the Reisai (annual festival), the most significant festival of all those held at Atsuta Jingu. The Chief Priest offers reverence and asks for the blessing of the deities, and an envoy of His Majesty the Emperor presents an offering of goheimotsu (a gift from His Majesty) and a prayer to the deities, praying for the prosperity of the Imperial Family and the peace of the nation.

A number of events and attractions are held in and around Atsuta Jingu in conjunction with the festival, drawing around 200,000 people each year. Among the sights are kento-makiwara (votive lanterns attached to straw in a tree-like arrangement, 17:30 – 20:30) at each entrance of the shrine grounds, and fireworks (which can be viewed from around the nearby Atsuta Jingu Park [熱田神宮公園] – park off limits during fireworks – and Shirotori Park [白鳥公園], 19:40 – 20:30) For Atsuta locals, the festival is the beginning of the yukata– (summer kimono) wearing season each year, as they browse the stalls, fan in hand, enjoying the season.

When: Fri. 5 Jun. (10:00 – 20:30) ; In the event of rain, kento-makiwara and fireworks will be postponed to the following day.

Where: Atsuta Jingu (熱田神宮) and surrounds, Atsuta Ward (熱田区)

Access: A 3-minute walk from Jingu-mae Station (神宮前駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線); or an 8-minute walk from Atsuta Station (熱田駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道線); or a 7-minute walk from Jingu Nishi Station (神宮西駅) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線).


Enjoy Ajisai (Hydrangeas)
and the Rainy Season

◆The 24th Inazawa Hydrangea Festival

Photo courtesy of Inazawa City
Photo courtesy of Inazawa City

Every year in June for the first half of the month, at Otsukashokaiji Rekishi Koen park, you can see over ninety varieties of hydrangea – around ten thousand shrubs in total, bringing a great deal of joy to the local visitors. Over the weekend the attractions include children’s taiko performances and appearances by local idol group Love・Ina30, and municipal mascot Inappy. You will also be able to consult a tree doctor about taking care of Hydrangea and buy pot plants etc.

When: Mon. 1 Jun. to Sun. 14 Jun. Main events Sat. 6 & Sun. 7 Jun (10:00 – 15:00).

Where: Otsukashokaiji Rekishi Koen & Shokaiji Temple (大塚性海寺歴史公園・性海寺)

Access: Approximately a 5-minute taxi ride or a 25-minute walk from Konomiya Station (国府宮駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Main Line (名鉄名古屋本線).

Admission: Free


◆The 17th Hydrangea Festival

Famed for its 12 figures of Heavenly Generals carved by the Buddhist monk Enku, Ongakuji Temple in Konan City is also known for its hydrangeas which bloom during June. Within the temple grounds are some 33 varieties, and around 1,200 individual plants.

Diligently tended by local residents, the sight of the glistening flowers during the rainy season is a soothing breath of fresh air for visitors. In the garden on the east side of the main building are five Sal trees (Shorea robusta), the flowers of which are said to have the characteristic of blooming in the morning, and falling and scattering in the early evening, and are at their most impressive when the hydrangeas are in flower.

When: Sat. 6 Jun. to Sun. 28 Jun.

Where: Ongakuji Temple (音楽寺), 73 Murakunocho Teramachi (村久野町寺町73) Konan City (江南市)

Access: From Konan Station (江南駅) on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線): 10 minutes by taxi; or take the Meitetsu Bus (名鉄バス) (Bus Station 2) bound for Konan Koseibyoin (江南厚生病院) via Konan Danchi (江南団地経由), and get off at Ongakuji (音楽寺) bus stop.

Admission: To the grounds, free; 300 Yen to view the Enku Buddhist figures (Junior HS students and younger free)


◆Shirotori Garden ‘Ajisai Tea Ceremony’:
Cross-Cultural Event in Shirotori

    白鳥庭園 紫陽花茶会 クロスカルチャー in Shirotori

Shirotori Garden is a 3.7-hectare Japanese-style garden in Atsuta Ward. As the ajisai (Japanese hydrangea) are in full bloom in the Garden, why not partake in a bowl of matcha tea? In the Seiu-tei (清羽亭) building, non-Japanese ladies will offer tea to guests and give a brief talk about the ceremony. There will also be an example tea ceremony lesson conducted in English. (Tea ceremony times: 10:00, 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 13:45, 14:30, 15:15. Cost: 500 Yen, includes tea and sweets. Limited to 25 participants per session. Reservations are required, and can be made from 9:30 at the Seiu-tei building entrance.)

You can also hear non-Japanese presenters talk about their experiences with kimono, calligraphy, ikebana, and other Japanese crafts, and their favorite aspects of Japanese culture from 13:00; and volunteer guides will be giving guided tours of the garden in English from 11:00 and 13:30.

When: Sat. 20 and Sun. 21 Jun. (9:00 – 17:00; Last entry 16:30)

Where: Shirotori Garden (白鳥庭園) in Atsuta Ward (熱田区)

Access: A 10-minute walk west from Jingu Nishi Station (神宮西駅), Exit 4 (4番出口), on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: Adults 300 Yen (270 Yen for groups of 30 or more; 240 Yen for groups of 100 or more); Junior HS Students and younger free; Seniors (residents of Nagoya aged 65 and older) 100 Yen. Visitors wearing traditional Japanese dress, including yukata and jimbei, gain free entry to the Garden.

Website:http://www.shirotori-garden.jp/english/index.html (overview of the Garden)


◆June at Tokugawaen

Once a residence of the Owari Tokugawa clan and located next to the Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya’s Higashi Ward, Tokugawaen is a pond-centered Japanese garden with something to enjoy in every season, even the rainy season. From late May through to early June, hanashobu, or Japanese irises, are but one of the attractions.

★Tokugawaen Float Gathering – 徳川園山車揃え
Five dashi, or floats, which are pulled through the streets by parishioners in the Tsutsui-cho and Deki-machi Tenno Matsuri (festival) in Higashi Ward, will assemble in Tokugawaen and perform together. A specially-made fan will be distributed to the first 1,000 visitors at the Kuromon (黒門) main gate from 10:00; and an original strap depicting the five floats will be given to the first 500 visitors to purchase a ticket and enter the Tokugawaen Japanese garden (opens 9:30). Other commemorative items will also be available for purchase.

When: Sun. 7 Jun. (11:00 – 12:00)

Where: Plaza in front of the Tokugawa Art Museum (徳川美術館前広場), at Tokugawaen (徳川園)


★Listening to the Rain – Japanese Umbrellas at the Tokugawaen
   雨を聴く 徳川園の和傘
During the Tsuyu, or rainy season, visitors to the Japanese garden can rent a wagasa, or Japanese umbrella to enjoy a stroll through the rain. Visitors entering between 9:30 and 17:00 can rent umbrellas for 100 Yen each at the Kuromon main gate.

When: Tue. 9 Jun. to Sun. 12 Jul. (9:30 – 17:30; Last entry 17:00)

Where: Tokugawaen (徳川園) Japanese garden

About Tokugawaen

Open: 9:30 – 17:30 (Last entry 17:00); Closed Mondays (in the event it falls on a national holiday, closed the next business day instead).

Access: By train: a 10-minute walk from JR Ozone Station (大曽根駅) South Exit (南出口). By bus: From Sakae, take a City Bus for Hikiyama (引山) or Shikenya (四軒家) leaving from Bus Station 3, Sakae Bus Terminal (Oasis 21). Get off at Tokugawaen Shindeki (徳川園新出来) bus stop.

Admission: General Admission/College & Senior HS Students 300 (270) Yen; Residents of Nagoya City aged 65 or older 100 (90) Yen. Junior HS Students and younger free. Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more.


Cross-Cultural Events

◆Yukata Wearing Class (for women)

Yukata600x325This class is for non-Japanese women to learn how to wear yukata (informal summer kimono). Prepare yourself for the summer, Japan style.
Reservation required.

When: Sun. 14 Jun. (18:00 – 20:00)

Where: Will Aichi (Aichi Women’s Center) (ウィルあいち), 4th Floor Japanese-style Room (和室)

Access: A 10-minute walk east from Shiyakusho Station (市役所駅) Exit 2 (2番出口) on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線)

Cost: 1,000 Yen

Reservations / Inquiries: NPO International Cross Culture Promotion Center, E-mail: international0317_npo@yahoo.co.jp; Phone: 080-1559-9744


Other Events

◆Little World Museum of Man: Sweets Expo

Photo courtesy of Little World
Photo courtesy of Little World

Sweets from around the world converge on Little World to color your spring, including some rare sweets that, if you haven’t, you ought to try at least once in your lifetime! Eierschecke from Germany, Masala Chai Pudding from India, Gluay Kaek (fried banana) from Thailand, Baobab Smoothie from Africa, Hotteok from Korea, Sütlaç (rice pudding) from Turkey, Brigadeiro from Brazil, and Mangosteens from Indonesia are just some of the sweet treats on offer. How many countries’ sweets can you handle? Immerse yourself in sweet, sweet happiness.

When: Until Sun. 28 Jun. (9:30 – 17:00)

Where: The Little World Museum of Man (野外民族博物館リトルワールド), Inuyama City (犬山市)

Access: From Inuyama Station (犬山駅) East Exit (東口) on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線), take the Gifu Bus Community (岐阜バスコミュニティ) bound for Little World (リトルワールド); From Nagoya/Meitetsu Bus Center (名鉄バスセンター) take the Tohtetsu Kosoku Bus (東濃鉄道高速バス) directly to Little World (Buses depart 9:35, 10:35, 11:35 weekdays; 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 on weekends and national holidays).

Admission: Adults and College Students 1,700 (1,500) Yen; Seniors (over 65, proof of age required) 1,300 (1,100) Yen; Senior HS Students and Foreign Students (student ID and Residence Card required) 1,100 (900) Yen; Junior HS Students and Elementary School Pupils 700 (500) Yen; Other children over 3 years old 300 (200) Yen. Prices in ( ) are for groups of 20 or more. Holders of a Physically Disabled Persons’ Handbook receive a 50% discount off entry.



◆Nagoya Auto Festival 2015

An exciting show with all the glamour and excitement you would expect from an event of this caliber. With stage dance performances and done up cars – you’re sure to enjoy. A bunch of special guests will also be making appearances and you’ll also find all the car paraphernalia you need at the vendor booths. Last year drew a crowd of around 50,000 people over the weekend, so you can expect a buzzing atmosphere.

When: Sat. 6 Jun. (10:00 – 19:00) and Sun. 7 Jun. (10:00 – 17:00). Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing times.

Where: Portmesse Nagoya Exhibition Hall 3 (ポートメッセなごや3号館)

Access: A 5 minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).

Admission: 2,000 (1,600) Yen; Holders of a Physically Disabled Persons’ Handbook 1,000 Yen. Elementary School students and under (accompanied by an adult) free. Prices in ( ) are for advance purchase tickets using P-code: 989-381 at Ticket Pia, Seven Eleven, Circle K and SunKus.



◆Gulf Nagoya Nostalgic Car Festival 2015

Photo courtesy of Gulf Nostalgic Car Festival
Photo courtesy of Gulf Nostalgic Car Festival

Fun for car lovers as the dome of Portmesse Nagoya heats up with the lively energy of congregating car fans. Thrill to the sound of raw exhausts at the ‘Nostalgic Car Sound Museum’. Individual car owners will be displaying their pride and joy, and there will also be a contest, nostalgic car and classic bike shops and factories with their own stalls, and visitors can buy parts, merchandise, model cars, toys, and more.

When: Sat. 13 and Sun. 14. Jun. (10:00 – 16:00)

Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや), Exhibition Hall 1 (第1展示館)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線)

Admission: 1,800 Yen; Children of Elementary School age or younger free.

Website:http://www.nostalgic.co.jp/contents2015/nagoya2015/index.html (Japanese)


◆The 11th Thai Festival Nagoya 2015

A popular early summer event in Nagoya. The theme of this year’s (the 11th!) festival is “Pound the Thai Festival ‘Like!’ button!!” In addition to Thai food, goods and information booths, there’ll be Muay Thai (Thai boxing) and Thai dance performances on the stage, making it an event to enjoy the comforts of Thailand to your heart’s content.

When: Sat. 20 and Sun. 21 Jun. (10:00 – 20:00)

Where: Hisaya Hiroba (久屋広場) in Hisaya Odori Park (久屋大通公園), Sakae (栄)

Access: A 1-minute walk from Yaba-cho Station (矢場町駅), Exit 6 (6番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: Free

Website:http://blog.livedoor.jp/thaifesnagoya/ (Japanese)


◆Creators Market vol. 32
    クリエーターズマーケット vol.32

Over 4,500 amateur and professional designers will be exhibiting and selling their creations. A wide range of original handmade art, graphics, crafts, interior design, and fashion items will be on sale.

When: Sat. 20 and Sun. 21 Jun. (11:00 – 18:00)

Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや), Exhibition Halls 2 & 3 (2・3号館)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjo-futo Station (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).

Admission: Adults 900 Yen on the day; advance tickets 750 Yen, and two-day ticket 1,300 Yen; all available from Circle K, Sunkus, Seven Eleven, and Ticket Pia (P-code 989-391), Lawson and Mini-Stop (code L46099). Up to 2 children of elementary school age or younger can enter for free with a paying adult.

Website:http://www.creatorsmarket.com/ (Japanese)

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


(NIC Events Information)

henri daros


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