NAGOYA, JANUARY 2016 EVENTS

JANUARY 2016 EVENTS
[ NIC EVENTS INFORMATION ]

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Nagoya Philharmonic
Upcoming Performances

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Subscription Concerts
定期演奏会

The 431st Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第431回定期演奏会

Tadaaki OTAKA, Conductor
“Metamorphosis”
R. Strauss Metamorphosen - Study for 23 Solo Strings, AV.142
A. Bruckner Symphony No.9 in D minor [L. Nowak Original Version]

When: Fri. 15 Jan. (18:45) and Sat. 16 Jan. (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 432nd Subscription Concert
名古屋フィルハーモニー交響楽団第432回定期演奏会

Rory MACDONALD, Conductor
Ramón ORTEGA QUERO, Oboe
“Reorganization”
L. Janacek [arr. C. Mackerras] Suite from the Opera “The Cunning Little Vixen”
B. Martinu Oboe Concerto, H.353
A. Dvorák Symphony No.8 in G major, Op.88, B.163

When: Fri. 19 Feb. (18:45) and Sat. 20 Feb. (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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Traditional Events

◆January at Atsuta Shrine
熱田神宮の1月行事

・Tokashinji 踏歌神事

Said to draw from court rituals of the Heian period, ritual dancers decorate their headwear with cherry blossoms and dance as the earth begins to show signs of the coming spring in this Shinto ritual to pray for the removal of misfortune and invite good fortune.

When: Mon. 11 Jan. (from 10:00 and 13:00)

・Hoshashinji 歩射神事

A traditional Shinto ritual held annually at Atsuta Shrine. Three pairs of Shinto priests take turns shooting arrows at a target. A total of 36 arrows are shot, when the last arrow hits the target, spectators rush to pick up pieces of the target that the arrows broke up as it is believed that bits of the target help keep away bad luck.

When: Fri. 15 Jan. (from 13:00)

Where: Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮), in 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).

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◆Dairyūji Temple: Hatsu-Kannon Daruma Kuyō
大龍寺「初観音 だるま供養」

Daruma Daishi (達磨大師 / Bodhidharma) is worshipped at Dairyūji Temple due to his influence on the revival of the temple around 500 years ago. When the building was destroyed in the Nobi Earthquake in the Meiji period, too, the priest prayed to Daruma Daishi for its reconstruction, and it was reestablished over a period of 20 years.
Today, the temple offers prayer Daruma figures (祈願だるま), avatars of Daruma Daishi, each one bearing a prayer slip so that the recipient’s prayers might be fulfilled.
During the Hatsu-Kannon Daruma Kuyō, the temple is filled with people returning Daruma who have helped with their prayers, and receiving new ones. After a prayer meeting at 10:00, the Daruma Kuyō (Daruma burning ceremony) is held solemnly from 13:00. The used Daruma are piled up, and burned on a bamboo fire to chanting as sutras are recited. Around 10,000 Daruma are burned over the afternoon. With around 100 street stalls, the event is sure to be an enjoyable day out for families.

When: Sun. 17 Jan. (9:00 – 17:00)

Where: Dairyūji Temple (大龍寺) in Gifu City (岐阜市) Awano (粟野) 2339

Access: From the bus terminal in front of JR Gifu Station (JR岐阜駅), take the Gifu Bus bound for Takatomi (高富) departing from Stop 12, and alight at the Takatomi-Dairyūji-mae (高富大竜寺前) stop; From outside Meitetsu Gifu Station (名鉄岐阜駅), take the Gifu Bus bound for Takatomi departing from Stop 4, and alight at Takatomi-Dairyuji-mae.

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

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◆Osu Kannon Setsubun Ship Parade
大須観音節分会

Setsubun (節分) is the last day before the first day of spring on the old Japanese calendar. Each year at Nagoya’s Osu Kannon Temple a special stage is set up just for a mamemaki (豆まき) bean-scattering ceremony. Prior to this, a parade procession featuring the takarabune (宝船 / treasure ship) and the seven gods of fortune, departs Sakae Intersection at 13:18 and arrives at Osu Kannon at 15:00.

When: Wed. 3 Feb. (10:00 – 18:00)

Where: Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音)

Access: A short walk from Osu Kannon Station (大須観音駅) Exit 2 (2番出口) on the Tsurumai Subway Line (地下鉄鶴舞線)

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◆Hanamatsuri
花祭

Photo courtesy of Toei Town
Photo courtesy of Toei Town

The Hanamatsuri (lit. ‘flower festival’) is a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Asset, observed from November to March in picturesque Toei Town in the mountains of the Oku-Mikawa region bordering Shizuoka Prefecture.
Said to have been introduced to the area by mountain ascetics during the Kamakura (1185-1333) and Muromachi (1336-1573) periods, the festivities include appearances from oni (demons) and shishi (mythical lion-like creatures). A variety of the shimotsuki-kagura (霜月神楽) ritual dances performed around the winter solstice to pray for the revival of the sun’s power, the ritual performances have been passed from generation to generation around the Tenryu River for over 700 years. Around 40 different dances and rituals are performed through the night, praying for harmony between the gods and men, bumper harvests, and good health.

When: November to March. Check website for details.

Where: Various locations in Toei Town (東栄町)

Access: Approximately 20-50 minutes by car from the Horaikyo Interchange (鳳来峡IC) on the San-En Nanshin Expressway (三遠南信自動車道).

Website: http://www.town.toei.aichi.jp/hana/top/top.html (Japanese; features a link to download a detailed English booklet, The World of the Hanamatsuri.)

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Winter and Illumination Events

◆Centrair Sky Story by NAKED – Mapping Illumination –
セントレアスカイストーリーbyネイキッド ~マッピングイルミネーション~

Photo courtesy of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd.

Centrair’s annual illumination this year is a collaboration with Ryotaro Muramatsu, CEO of NAKED Inc., producers of numerous projection mapping spectacles around Japan, and their first sensory illumination event in the Tokai region.
A grand tale of the wind, projected by 3D projection mapping onto a 3.8m-high book, will draw you into the world of the story. See the unfolding story of the spirit born of the seasonal winds from Mount Ibuki traveling around the world and meeting the many varied expressions of the sky, taking off from the sky over Centrair and encountering the Milky Way, the aurora, meteors, snow and more.

When: Until Thu. 31 Mar. (17:30 – 22:30; 18:00 – 22:30 from mid-Feb. [to be confirmed])

Where: Chubu International Airport Centrair Passenger Terminal Building 4F Sky Deck

Access: Central Japan International Airport Station (中部国際空港駅) on the Meitetsu Airport Line (名鉄空港線)

Admission: Free

Website: http://www.centrair.jp/en/

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◆Denpark Winter Festival
デンパーク「ウィンターフェスティバル」

Denpark is a park featuring a recreation of a Danish streetscape in Anjo City, popular with families, couples and flower lovers in any season. In addition to some 300,000 individual lights twinkling throughout the gardens, Winter Festival attractions include the Aqua Illusion Show featuring a laser-illuminated fountain (every hour from 17:00 – 20:00), a fireworks show (at 20:30 every Sat. and Sun. in Dec., every day 23 Dec. to 27 Dec. and 2 Jan. to 5 Jan.) and a Christmas market.

When: Until Tue. 5 Jan. (9:30 – 21:00) Closed Tuesdays (except 22 Dec. and 5 Jan.); also closed 28 Dec. to 1 Jan.

Where: Denpark (安城産業文化公園デンパーク) in Anjo City (安城市)

Access: From Anjo Station (安城駅) on the JR Tokaido Line (JR東海道線), take the Ankuru Bus (あんくるバス) Circuit Line (循環線, 0), and change to the Nanbu Line (南部線, 3) at Anjo Kosei Byoin (安城更生病院), get off at the Denpark (デンパーク) bus stop (approx. 25 minutes, 200 Yen). From Sakurai Station (桜井駅) on the Meitetsu Nishio Line (名鉄西尾線), take the Ankuru Bus Sakurai Nishi Line (桜井西線, 9) and get off at the Denpark bus stop (approx. 8 minutes, 100 Yen).

Admission: Adults 600 Yen, Junior HS and Elementary School Students 300 Yen, Seniors (over 65) 480 yen. Some attractions, activities and rides charged separately.

Website: http://denpark.jp/

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◆City Light Fantasia by NAKED -Nagoya TV Tower-
シティライトファンテイジアbyネイキッド

Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower
Image courtesy of Nagoya TV Tower

Enjoy the night view from the Nagoya TV Tower augmented by projection mapping, thanks to a special transparent film applied to the Sky Deck windows which allows imagery to be projected on them.
Following on from summer’s popular ‘City Light Fantasia by NAKED – Kaleidoscope Fireworks in the Starry Sky,’ the theme of this attraction is ‘Sky Aquarium – Aquarium in the Starry Sky.’ See a strange world unfold where dreams and reality merge; a fantastic world of sea creatures projected onto the night sky.

When: Until Sun. 14 Feb. (until Thu. 31 Dec. 18:00 – 22:00; Fri. 1 Jan. to Sun. 14 Feb. 18:00 – 21:00)

Where: Nagoya TV Tower (名古屋テレビ塔) Sky Deck observation deck (スカイデッキ), Naka Ward (中区)

Access: A 3-minute walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 3 or 4 (3・4番出口) on the Meijo and Higashiyama Subway Lines (地下鉄名城・東山線)

Admission: Adults (Senior HS students and over) 1,000 Yen; Children (Junior HS and Elementary school students) 500 Yen.

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◆Toyota Home Rink
トヨタホームリンク

Image courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Image courtesy of Nagoya Broadcasting Network

Enjoy the fun of ice skating, without the ice, in the middle of Sakae! Toyota Home Rink uses patented American-made interlocked resin sheets called “Super-Glide” instead of ice, which makes it easier for beginners to stand – and if you fall, you won’t get cold and wet! This year’s attraction features an all-new illumination and interactive projection mapping on the rink that kids will love! Great fun for families and couples.

When: Until Sun. 28 Feb. (Weekdays 13:00 – 20:00; Sat., Sun., national holidays and 24 Dec. to 6 Jan. 10:00 – 20:00)

Where: Oasis 21 (オアシス21) in Sakae (栄)

Access: Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 4 (4番出口) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山・名城線)

Admission: Weekdays – Junior HS students and older 900 Yen; Elementary school students and younger 500 Yen. Weekends and holidays – Junior HS students and older 1,200 Yen; Elementary school students and younger 500 Yen. Prices include skate rental. Own skates not permitted. Gloves must be worn on 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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Cross-cultural

 Winter Party – An International Exchange Event
国際交流イベント「ウィンター・パーティー」

Providing Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting, this event features recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese winter culture. See a koto (Japanese harp) performance, and experience playing one. A buffet-style light meal will be available. Reservations are essential.

When: Sun. 17 Jan. (18:30 – 20:30)

Where: Nagoya International Center Annex Hall

Access: Click here

Admission: Foreign residents 1,000 Yen; Japanese nationals 2,000 Yen

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

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The 10th Nagoya Chinese New Year Festival
第10回名古屋中国春節祭

Photos courtesy of The Nagoya Chinese New Year Executive Committee
Photo courtesy of The Nagoya Chinese New Year Executive Committee

See, smell, & hear one of Japan’s biggest traditional Chinese New Year events with a wide selection of Chinese cuisine, foodstuffs, and products, as well as the lion and dragon dance, performing arts, martial arts demonstrations, and onstage traditional music and dance.

When: Sat. 9 Jan. (11:00 – 17:00), Sun. 10 Jan. and Mon. 11 Jan. (10:00 – 17:00)

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 5 (5番出口) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線), or a 3-minute walk from Sakae Station (栄駅) Exit 16 (16番出口) on the Meijo and Higashiyama Subway Lines (地下鉄名城線・東山線)

Admission: Free

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Food

◆Ramen Matsuri in Nagoya 2016
ラーメンまつりin名古屋2016

Photo courtesy of Chukyo TV. Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Photo courtesy of Chukyo TV. Broadcasting Co., Ltd.

Ramen lovers, rejoice! Take yourself on a regional ramen road trip, without leaving Sakae, as ramen stalls, carefully selected from all over Japan, descend once again on Nagoya. Be sure to buy a ramen ticket, which can be exchanged for ramen at any stall, before ordering.

When: Wed. 10 Feb. to Sun. 14 Feb. (10:00 – 20:30; 10:00 – 19:30 on 14 Feb.; Last order 30 minutes before closing.)

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. Ramen tickets (can be used at any stall) 850 Yen.

Website: http://www.ctv.co.jp/event/ramen/ (Japanese)

★ Ticket Giveaway  

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Other Events

◆Popcul 5
ぽぷかる5

Photo courtesy of Aichi Prefecture
Photo courtesy of Aichi Prefecture

Popcul 5 is an event where everyone can enjoy encounters with Japanese pop culture. See live performances featuring pop culture-related artists, displays and sales of artwork, and a Popcul cafe will also be open. There’s also a collection of itasha (痛車 / cars decorated with female animation and game characters), and cosplayers can cosplay around the designated cosplay areas. This year’s event will be held concurrently with the Japan Popculture Award (JPA). The search is on for future leaders of the pop culture industry, with exhibits and awards for outstanding creations. Feel the pop culture!

When: Sat. 9 Jan. and Sun. 10 Jan. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Expo 2005 Aichi Commemorative Park (Moricoro Park) (愛・地球博記念公園[モリコロパーク]) in Nagakute City (長久手市)

Access: From Fujigaoka Station (藤が丘駅) on the Higashiyama Subway Line (地下鉄東山線), change to the Linimo Line (リニモ) and get off at Ai・Chikyuhaku Kinen Koen Station (愛・地球博記念公園駅)

Admission: Free; Charges apply for some areas.

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

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◆Dome Asobo World
ドーム遊ぼワールド

This popular New Year event is back, and even better than before. This year’s theme is “courage and challenge.” Sky Slider Monster is a 45-meter-long slide you can speed down from the 3rd floor of Nagoya Dome. Brave Jump, making its first appearance at this event, is a thrill-filled attraction where you put on a harness and leap from a 9-meter-high tower. And there are lots of other attractions for children to try. There will also be 20 popular inflatable attractions.
Come play at the nice, warm Dome in the New Year!

When: Sat. 2 Jan. to Tue. 5 Jan. (10:00 – 17:00)

Where: Nagoya Dome (ナゴヤドーム) in Higashi Ward (東区)

Access: A 5-minute walk from the Nagoya Dome-mae Yada Station (ナゴヤドーム前矢田) on the Meijo Subway Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: 800 Yen for everyone over 2 years old; Children under 2 and Seniors (60 and over) free. Play tickets 100 Yen each, or 1,000 Yen for 10.Advance sale admission tickets (600 Yen), and admission tickets with 16 play tickets (2,000 Yen) available from Circle K and Sunkus stores.

Website: http://www.tv-aichi.co.jp/dome-asobo/2016/ (Japanese)

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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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