NAGOYA, OCTOBER 2015 EVENTS

[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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Traditional Festivals

◆The Ladder-Climbing Shishi of Asakura
朝倉の梯子獅子

Photo courtesy of Chita City
Photo courtesy of Chita City

A Shishi (a mythical, lion-like creature), performed by two men, climbs a 31-step ladder to a nine-metre high scaffold and gives a skillful performance. Watch the creature’s acrobatic feats as it climbs, atop the tower, and as it slides down to earth. Gasp as the bold dance continues while the tower creaks and sways.

When: Sat. 3 Oct. (from 19:00) and Sun. 4 Oct. (11:00, 13:00, 19:00)

Where: Musan Jinja Shrine (牟山神社) in Chita City (知多市) Shinchi Aza-Higashiyashiki (新知字東屋敷)

Access: A 3-minute walk south east from Asakura Station (朝倉駅) on the Meitetsu Tokoname Line (名鉄常滑線)

Admission: Free. A number of stalls will be selling food and beverages.

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◆Hada Matsuri
羽田祭

Parishioners from 20 neighborhoods in central Toyohashi demonstrate their bravery as they present offerings of 800 individual tezutsu-hanabi (手筒花火 / handheld fireworks), unique to the eastern Mikawa region, over this two-day festival at Hada Hachiman-gu Shrine, the foremost of the Hachiman-gu shrines in Aichi Prefecture.

When: Sat. 3 Oct. (16:00 – 21:00) and Sun. 4 Oct. (17:00 – 21:00)

Where: 3 Oct.: Hada Hachiman-gu Shrine (羽田八幡宮), 4 Oct.: Matsuba Park (松葉公園) in Toyohashi City (豊橋市)

Access: Hada Hachiman-gu: A 10-minute walk northwest from Toyohashi Station (豊橋駅) West Exit (西口), on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線) and JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道本線); Matsuba Park: A 10-minute walk northeast from Toyohashi Station East Exit (東口)

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◆Arimatsu Float Festival
有松山車まつり

See three dashi (山車/floats), all designated Tangible Folk Cultural Assets of Nagoya City, paraded through the historic streets of Arimatsu on the old Tokaido, as part of the autumn festival of Arimatsu Tenman-sha Shrine. Performances by the karakuri marionettes on each float are one of the highlights of the festival.

When: Sun. 4 Oct. (9:30 – 21:00) In the event of rain, the event will be postponed to Sun. 11 Oct. (9:30 – 21:00).

Where: Arimatsu Tenman-sha Shrine (有松天満社) and other sites in Arimatsu (有松), Midori Ward (緑区)

Access: A short walk from Arimatsu Station(有松駅)on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線)

Inquiries: Arimatsu Narumi Shibori Kaikan 052-621-0111 (Japanese)

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◆Konpirasama Festival
金刀比羅さまの例大祭

An autumn festival for the local shrine that protects the Endoji Shopping District. There will be o-mikuji (paper fortune-telling slips) in Nagoya dialect, and other attractions.

When: Fri. 9 Oct. and Sat. 10 Oct.

Where: Endoji Shopping District (円頓寺商店街), Konpira Shrine (金刀比羅神社) in Nishi Ward (西区)

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

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◆Takayama Autumn Festival
秋の高山祭

Photo courtesy of Takayama City Tourism Bureau
Photo courtesy of Takayama City Tourism Bureau

Takayama Festival (Takayama Matsuri) is the collective name for two events, the spring Sanno Matsuri of Hie Shrine (held on 14 and 15 Apr.), and the autumn Hachiman Matsuri of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine (held on 9 and 10 Oct.). Considered to be one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals, it has its origins in the late 16th to early 17th century, and has been protected and passed on faithfully by the people of Takayama.

The Hachiman Matsuri is the annual festival of the patron deity of the northern half of the former castle town.

Oct. 9 features a procession of hundreds of townspeople in traditional dress, the pulling out of the festival floats and dedication of karakuri marionette performances to the deity, and the fantastic spectacle of the lantern-adorned floats during the night festival. Oct. 10 is considered the highlight of the festival, as the deity, transported in a mikoshi (portable shrine), visits every household, accompanied by a procession featuring traditional music, before returning to the shrine for a solemn ritual marking the close of the festival.

When: Fri. 9 Oct. and Sat. 10 Oct.

Where: Takayama City (高山市), Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県)

Access: Takayama Station (高山駅), JR Takayama Main Line (JR高山本線)

Website: http://www.hida.jp/english/

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

In central Nagoya, in the area known in the Edo period as Hiroi village, there are three Nagoya-type dashi (山車/floats) which miraculously survived the war. The Momijigari-sha (紅葉狩車), Nifukujin-sha (二福神車) and the Karako-sha (唐子車), built in the late Edo period and each carrying a unique and elaborate karakuri marionette, are Designated Cultural Assets of Nagoya City. Nowadays, they are pulled through the streets on the day of the main festival of the local Shinmei Shrine, gathering at the shrine at around 19:00, and present an offering of karakuri performances. The floats also take part in the following week’s Nagoya Matsuri (see below).

When: Sat. 10 Oct.

Where: Hanaguruma Shinmei Shrine (花車神明社), in Nakamura Ward (中村区) Meieki 5-13 (名駅5-13) and surrounds

Access: A 5-minute walk southeast from Kokusai Center Station (国際センター駅) on the Subway Sakura-dori Line (地下鉄桜通線).

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◆Miya Matsuri
三谷祭

Photo courtesy of Gamagori City
Photo courtesy of Gamagori City

Four highly decorative yama (山車/floats) are pulled through the streets between Yatsurugi Shrine and Wakamiya Shrine in this annual festival in Gamagori City. The main attraction for spectators is on Sunday morning, when the floats enter the ocean and are pulled by hundreds of men through a 400m stretch of water (from 10:45).

When: Sat. 24 Oct. and Sun. 25 Oct.

Where: Various sites including Yatsurugi Shrine (八劔神社), Wakamiya Shrine (若宮神社), and the beach beside Miya Onsen (三谷温泉) in Miya-cho (三谷町), Gamagori City (蒲郡市)

Access: Between 3 and 20 minutes’ walk from JR Mikawa-Miya Station (三河三谷駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道本線).

Website: http://www.38fes.jp/ (Japanese)

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 Other Festivals

 ◆The 59th Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri
第59回ぎふ信長まつり

With events commemorating Oda Nobunaga, who initiated the unification of Japan using Gifu Castle as a foothold, this festival features events in honor of Nobunaga (such as a memorial service at Sofukuji Temple), and reminders of the warlord’s times such as arquebus firing displays and a procession of people in period dress.
Band parades, markets, stalls and a host of other attractions make this a lively, fun weekend for all.

When: Sat. 3 Oct. and Sun. 4 Oct. (10:00 – 16:00)

Where: Main streets of Gifu City (岐阜市), Gifu Prefecture (岐阜県)

Access: Approximately a 10 – 15 minute walk from Gifu Station (岐阜駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道本線) and Meitetsu Gifu Station (名鉄岐阜駅) on the Meitetsu Nagoya Line (名鉄名古屋本線).

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◆The 61st Nagoya Festival
第61回名古屋まつり

Photo courtesy of Nagoya City
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City

Nagoya’s largest festival at this time of year. The festival’s main attraction is its parade with the procession of around 600 people including local feudal lords Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi, and Tokugawa Ieyasu. Dashi festival floats (Designated Cultural Assets of Nagoya City), Kagura (神楽) floats (City Cultural Assets) and flamboyant flower cars will also be making appearances. In addition to the parades, events will also be taking place along Hisaya Odori Park (Mochinoki Hiroba [もちのき広場], Hisaya Hiroba [久屋広場], Angel Hiroba [エンゼル広場]) and Oasis 21 in Sakae and Yaba-cho.

When: Sat. 17 Oct. and Sun. 18 Oct.

Parade program:

Sat. 17 Oct. – 13:40 – Flower cars and “Seige of Osaka” warrior / period dress procession departs Nagoya Station → Sasashima → Fushimi → Sakae → ends at Yaba-cho

Sun. 18 Oct. – 11:00 – Dashi and children’s Mikoshi (portable shrine) parade (to Sakae); Sister Cities Goodwill Parade (to Yaba-cho); Flower cars, Nana-chan and entourage, “Seige of Osaka” warrior / period dress procession (to Yaba-cho) all depart Nagoya City Hall → Sakura-dori Otsu → Sakae → Yaba-cho

Access: Nagoya City Hall – Shiyakusho Station (市役所駅) on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線); Sakae – Sakae Station (栄駅) on the Subway Meijo and Higashiyama (東山線) Line; Yaba-cho – Yaba-cho Station (矢場町駅) on the Subway Meijo Line.

Admission: Free

Admission will be free to the following Nagoya City facilities on Sun. 18 Oct.: Nagoya Castle, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Higashiyama Sky Tower, Shirotori Garden, Tokugawaen, Togokusan Fruits Park, Futabakan, Cultural Path Shumokukan, Yokiso Villa, Nagoya City Museum (permanent exhibit only), Nagoya City Art Museum (permanent exhibit only).

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◆The 36th Komaki Shimin Matsuri
第36回小牧市民まつり

With “Expanding the Circle of Friendship” as its theme, this year’s festival celebrates the 60th anniversary of Komaki City, and features stage performances, food, drink and product sales areas, a parade, and more fun attractions for young and old.

At the same time, the Komaki Interpreters Volunteer Association will be holding free tours of Komakiyama Castle, Gyokurinji Temple, Mama Kannon Temple and the Menard Art Museum (optional; entry 900 Yen) in English, to give English speakers the opportunity to learn more about the area! Reservations are essential.

When: Sat. 17 Oct. and Sun. 18 Oct. (10:00 – 16:00)

Where: Komakiyama (小牧山), Komaki City Civic Center (小牧市市民会館), and around Komaki Station (小牧駅前).

Tours in English: Sun. 18 Oct. (9:30 – 15:00), meeting at the tourism information area outside Komaki Station (小牧駅) on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線).

Reservations: Call the Komaki Interpreters Volunteer Association on 090-8072-2817 or e-mail noopy2476@yahoo.co.jp

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◆Haniwa Matsuri
ハニワまつり

Around 1,500 years ago, the Shimohara Ancient Kilns (下原古窯跡群) (located in what is now Higashiyama-cho in northern Kasugai City) produced many haniwa (terracotta clay figures and objects placed around burial mounds), which are thought to have been transported via the Ikujigawa and Hattagawa rivers to the Ajiyoshi Futagoyama Burial Mound (味美二子山古墳) in the city’s southwest, where they were arranged around the tumulus. Now in its 25th year, the Haniwa Matsuri in Kasugai City attempts to recreate the romance of ancient times, as modern haniwa created by residents are fired in a bonfire in Futagoyama Park. (Fired haniwa are later placed along the Fureai Ryokudō path on the banks of the Ikujigawa river.) See the red flames of the open fire beneath the autumn sunset.

When: Sat. 24 Oct. (10:30 – 17:00) Postponed to 25 Oct. in the event of rain.

Where: Futagoyama Park (二子山公園) in Kasugai City (春日井市), Futago-cho (二子町) 2-11-1

Access: A 5-minute walk from Ajima Station (味鋺駅) on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線); or a 10-minute walk from Ajiyoshi Station (味美駅) on the Tokai Transport Service Jōhoku Line (東海交通事業城北線).

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◆Endoji Autumn Paris Festival 2015
円頓寺秋のパリ祭2015

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. 7 Nov. and Sun. 8 Nov.

Where: Endoji Shopping District (円頓寺商店街), East arcade.

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

Website: http://endoji-paris.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/endoji.paris

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Moon Viewing

◆Moon Viewing at Tokugawaen – Scoop up the Moon
月を掬う 徳川園観月会

Tokugawaen will host events around the traditional harvest moon viewing dates in October. A wooden boat adorned with traditional moon viewing offerings and decorations will be illuminated from 17:00, with other attractions.

Visitors can observe Jūsan’ya (十三夜: the 13th night of the 9th month in the old calendar – the waxing gibbous moon, also known as Mame-meigetsu / 豆名月, or “bean harvest moon”) on Sat. 24 and Sun. 25 Oct. Events include sales of bean sweets (10:00 – 17:00) and bean gift giveaway (17:00, limited to 100 people) on 25 Oct.

When: Tokugawaen hours during Jūsan’ya event 9:30 – 20:30 (Last entry 20:00); Regular hours 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).

Where: Tokugawaen (徳川園) in Higashi Ward (東区)

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 Shiken’ya (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.

Website: http://www.tokugawaen.city.nagoya.jp/english/

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The 22nd Mino Washi Akari Art (Creative Lantern) Contest and Exhibition
第22回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 lit up with these artistic lamps and works made with washi (Japanese paper), a traditional local industry with a proud 1,300-year history. While the exhibition is only on for two nights, visitors can also enjoy a pleasant autumn stroll in the softly illuminated streets from Fri. 16 Oct. until Mon. 30 Nov., during the 12th Akari-no-machinami ~ Mino ~ (第12回あかりの町並み~美濃~ ) event. A truly memorable experience.

When: Sat. 10 Oct. and Sun. 11 Oct. (17:00 – 21:00)

Where: Udatsu-no-agaru Machinami (うだつの上がる町並み), Mino City (美濃市), Gifu Prefecture

Access: By highway bus from Nagoya (Meitetsu Bus Center [名鉄バスセンター]), take the Gifu Bus Kosoku Nagoya Line (岐阜バス高速名古屋線バス) and alight at Udatsu-no-machinami-dori (うだつの町並み通り) and walk for approximately 1 minute. By train, a 10-minute walk from Minoshi Station (美濃市駅) on the Nagaragawa Railway (長良川鉄道/ Nagaragawa-tetsudo)

Cost: Free

Website: http://akariart.jp/ (Japanese)

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UPCOMING NAGOYA PHILHARMONIC PERFORMANCES

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Subscription Concerts
定期演奏会

◆The 428th Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第428回定期演奏会

Christian ARMING, Conductor
Alina IBRAGIMOVA, Violin
“Pseudoclassic”
G. Lekeu Adagio for Strings, Op.3
A. Berg Violin Concerto “To the Memory of an Angel”
J. Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98

When: Fri. 9 Oct. (18:45) and Sat. 10 Oct. (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).

Inquiries: Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide 052-339-5666

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◆The 429th Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第429回定期演奏会

Kimbo ISHII, Conductor
Daniel OTTENSAMER, Clarinet
“Metabolism”
J. Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56a
J. Brahms [arr. L. Berio] Clarinet Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.120-1
C. Nielsen Symphony No.5, Op.50, FS.97″

When: Fri. 6 Nov. (18:45) and Sat. 7 Nov. (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).

Inquiries: Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide 052-339-5666


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)

October 2015

Performing: Naoko KANOZAWA, Viola
When: Wed. 21 Oct. (18:30)
Admission: Free
Inquiries: Nagoya Philharmonic Ticket Guide 052-339-5666

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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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