March 2019 Events

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Traditional Festivals

◆Oh-Agata Shrine Hōnensai
大縣神社豊年祭

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 600kg kagami-mochi (pounded rice cake); and a procession of some 250 people accompanying the deity Sarutahiko from Morokuwa Shrine near Gakuden Sta. 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 with the scattering of 3,300 pieces of red and white mochi.

When: Sun. 10 Mar. (11:00 – 16:00)

Where: Oh-Agata Jinja (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 Sta. (楽田駅) on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線)

 

 

◆Tagata Shrine Hōnen Matsuri
田縣神社豊年祭

Photo courtesy of Komaki Volunteer Interpreters
Photo courtesy of Komaki Volunteer Interpreters

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 at the shrine praying for a plentiful harvest, the growth of all things, and the perpetuation of one’s descendants. The portable shrine-bearing procession is a designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Komaki City. 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; reservations required.

When: Fri. 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 Tagatajinja-mae Sta. (田県神社前駅), on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線); from Subway Heian-dori Sta. (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).

Guide reservations: Contact the Komaki Volunteer Interpreters (Phone: 090-8072-2817; E-mail: noopy2476@yahoo.co.jp) by 14 Mar.

 

 

◆Upcoming events at Atsuta Shrine
熱田神宮・摂社 近日の祭典

Kinensai
祈年祭

Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū
Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū

Observed in spring as preparations for planting crops begin, Kinensai is held at Atsuta Jingū to pray for an abundant harvest and prosperity. Since long ago it has been believed that gods come down to the village at the beginning of spring and watch over people as they go about their lives, and, return to the mountains once the harvest is finished in the autumn.
From 10:00, beginning with the Main Shrine, the Kinensai ceremony is performed at all shrines within and outside the precinct. This is followed at 14:00 by the dedication of an offering before the deity at Mita Shrine (御田神社), the rite of otogui (烏喰), in which attendants call to the crows as the offering is thrown to them on the rooftop, and the performance of a dance known as karakamimai (韓神舞).
Many Aichi farmers affiliated with Atsuta Jingū who provide the agricultural produce offered at the shrines’ annual rituals attend during the Kinensai from 10:00.

When: Sun. 17 Mar. (from 10:00)

Where: Atsuta Shrine (熱田神宮), in Atsuta Ward (熱田区)

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

Website: https://www.atsutajingu.or.jp/

 

 

Hikamianego Shrine Daidai-kagura
氷上姉子神社太々神楽

Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū
Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū

Offerings of satokagura (里神楽 / folk kagura, Shinto theatrical dance), brimming with rustic ambience, are made to the deity at Hikamianego Shrine, an auxiliary shrine of Atsuta Shrine, on the last Sunday of March. Kagura dances originally performed at Atsuta Shrine are said to have been passed down at this shrine.

When: Sun. 31 Mar. (From 14:00)

Where: Hikamianego Jinja (氷上姉子神社), Midori Ward (緑区) Ōdaka-chō Hikamiyama (大高町火上山) 1-3

Access: A 20-minute walk west from Ōdaka Sta. (大高駅) on the JR Tōkaidō Line (JR東海道本線)

 

 

Yōji-ikusei-kigansai
幼児成育祈願祭

Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū
Photo courtesy of Atsuta Jingū

There is a tradition of “entrusting” children up to the age of 15 to the deity of Takakuramusubi-miko Shrine (an auxiliary shrine of Atsuta Shrine) to pray for their healthy growth. During this observance, the shrine bustles with people praying to Takakuraji-no-Mikoto (高倉下命), the deity of child raising, for the protection of children.

When: Wed. 3 Apr. (From 10:00)

Where: Takakuramusubi-miko Jinja (高座結御子神社), Atsuta Ward (熱田区) Takakura-chō (高蔵町) 9-9

Access: A 1-minute walk east from Nishi Takakura Sta. (西高蔵駅) on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線)

 

 

◆Handa Spring Festivals
半田の春祭り

Left: Narawa District Spring Festival Right: Kamezaki Shiohi Matsuri Photos courtesy of Handa City.
Left: Narawa District Spring Festival
Right: Kamezaki Shiohi Matsuri
Photos courtesy of Handa City

The Handa Spring Festivals are a series of festivals held in various parts of Handa City between mid-March and early May. The events feature spectacular floats (山車 / dashi) and mechanical puppets (からくり / karakuri), attracting festival lovers from all over Japan. The following is a list of festivals by district / festival name, ① dates and ② access.

・Okkawa (乙川) Sat. 16 & Sun. 17 Mar. A 5-minute walk north from Okkawa Sta. (乙川駅) on the JR Taketoyo Line (武豊線)

・Yanabe (岩滑) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. ② A 5-min. walk from Handaguchi Sta. (半田口駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line (名鉄河和線)

・Yanabe Shinden (岩滑新田) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. ② A 30-min. walk from Handaguchi Sta. (半田口駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line

・Kami Handa (上半田) / Chintoro Matsuri (ちんとろ祭) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. ② A 2-min. walk from Sumiyoshichō Sta. (住吉町駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line

・Kyōwa (協和) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. A 7-min. walk from Chita Handa Sta. (知多半田駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line

・Narawa (成岩) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. ② A 7-min. walk from Narawa Sta. (成岩駅) or a 10-min. walk from Aoyama Sta. (青山駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line

・Nishi Narawa (西成岩) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. ② A 20-min. walk from Aoyama Sta. (青山駅) or Narawa Sta. (成岩駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line

・Itayama (板山) Sat. 13 & Sun. 14 Apr. From Chita Handa Sta., Meitetsu Kōwa Line, take the Handa – Tokoname (半田・常滑) route Chita Bus to the Itayama (板山) bus stop. A 5-min. walk from Itayama bus stop.

・Shimo Handa (下半田) Sat. 20 & Sun. 21 Apr. ② A 5-min. walk from Handa Sta. (半田駅), JR Taketoyo Line (JR武豊線) or a 10-min. walk from Chita Handa Sta. (知多半田駅), Meitetsu Kōwa Line

・Kamezaki (亀崎) / Kamezaki Shiohi Matsuri (亀崎潮干祭) Fri. 3 & Sat. 4 May ② A 10-min. walk from Kamezaki Sta. (亀崎駅), JR Taketoyo Line

Website: http://dashimatsuri.jp/matsuri.html (Japanese)

 

 

◆Inuyama Festival
犬山祭

Photo courtesy of Inuyama City Tourism Association
Photo courtesy of Inuyama City Tourism Association

Beginning in 1635, the annual festival of Haritsuna Shrine (針綱神社) features 13 traditional 3-tiered festival floats pulled through the town’s cherry blossom-lined streets; between 18:00 and 21:30 these floats are illuminated. Combine a visit to the festival with a visit to Japan’s oldest castle – Inuyama Castle.

When: Sat. 6 Apr. and Sun. 7 Apr. (8:00 – 21:45. All times mentioned are to be confirmed.)

Access: Located near Inuyama Sta. (犬山駅) on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線).

About the Castle: Open (9:00 to 17:00, last entry 16:30) and is a 15-minute walk west from Inuyama-yūen Sta. (犬山遊園駅). Admission is 550 Yen for adults and 110 Yen for Elementary and Junior HS students.

 

 

 

 

Other Events

◆Komaki Air Base Open Base
小牧基地オープンベース

Photo from JASDF Komaki Air Base website; used with permission.
Photo from JASDF Komaki Air Base website; used with permission.

See a variety of aircraft and helicopters used by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force up close at this popular event. In addition to demonstrations of aircraft in action and exhibits highlighting the rescue and disaster relief activities of the JASDF, there are also rope ladders, a popular attraction for children. A number of stalls will be selling food, drinks, and other goods.

When: Sat. 2 Mar. (8:30 – 15:00)

Where: Komaki Air Base (小牧基地)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Ushiyama Sta. (牛山駅) on the Meitetsu Komaki Line (名鉄小牧線). (Please be aware that large crowds are expected.)

Admission: Free

 

 

◆The 18th Seto no O-Hina Meguri
第18回陶のまち 瀬戸のお雛めぐり

Photo courtesy of Seto City Marutto Museum / Tourism Association
Photo courtesy of Seto City Marutto Museum / Tourism Association

Famed for its ceramics, Seto City is hosting its 18th annual hina doll-themed event. A four-meter tall “Hinamid” (hina pyramid), consisting of around 1,000 individual glass and ceramic hina dolls, is on display at the Seto-Gura, hina dolls adorn the surrounding shopping district, and the town is colorfully decorated. Visitors can enjoy activities such as making a Seto ware hina doll, enjoy special o-hina lunches and sweets, and much more.

When: Sat. 2 Feb. to Sun. 3 Mar.

Where: Seto-Gura (瀬戸蔵) and surrounding areas in Seto City (瀬戸市)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Owari Seto Sta. (尾張瀬戸駅) on the Meitetsu Seto Line (名鉄瀬戸線)

 

 

◆The 9th Fukuyose-Hina Gathering ~ Fukuyose-Hina Project
第9回福よせ雛大集合~福よせ雛プロジェクト

Photo courtesy of Fukuyose Hina Project
Photo courtesy of Fukuyose Hina Project

Seeking to give unwanted hina dolls a ‘second life’ and promote tourism and vitality in Nagoya and the Chubu region, the Fukuyose-Hina Project began in 2011. This year’s event will take place at 23 venues in and around Nagoya, Toyota Inabu, and Gujo Hachiman in Gifu Prefecture. While hina dolls are usually dressed and arranged in very formal, traditional settings, at the exhibition you can see hina dolls shopping, emperor dolls cradling babies, ladies-in-waiting competing in an athletic event, imperial court musicians enjoying a drinking session, and other entertaining situations.
The exhibition will be held at other venues in addition to those listed below.
Check the website or Facebook page for details.

Where & when:

• Nagoya Castle Wed. 13 Feb. – Sun. 3 Mar.
• Chubu International Airport Centrair Fri. 8 Feb. – Thu. 21 Mar.
• Nakamura Police Station Late Feb.Late Mar.
• E-Able Nagoya Wed. 13 Feb. – Mon. 4 Mar.
• Higashiyama Sky Tower Tue. 5 Feb. – Sun. 3 Mar.
• Toyota City Inabu Donguri Kobo Sat. 2 Feb. – Wed. 3 Apr.
• Gujo Hachiman Shitamachi Sat. 2 Feb. – Wed. 3 Apr.

Website: http://www.shakaibunka.jp/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hukuyosehina

 

 

◆The Little World Museum of Man: World Cheese Gourmet Festa
野外民族博物館リトルワールド「世界のチーズグルメフェス」

Photo courtesy of the Little World Museum of Man
Photo courtesy of the Little World Museum of Man

The Little World Museum of Man presents rare and tasty cheese dishes from all over the world. Enjoy cheese dishes from 13 countries, including Lohikeitto (creamy salmon soup) from Finland, Pisang goreng keju (deep fried banana topped with cheese) from Indonesia, Böreği (cheese-filled pastry) from Turkey, and more.
Other fun upcoming events include a World Chocolate Fair (Sat. 9, Sun. 10 and Mon. 11 [nat. hol.] Feb.) and the Belgian event, Bear Carnival (Sat. 23 and Sun. 24 Feb.).

When: World Cheese Gourmet Festa – until Sun. 3 Mar. The Little World Museum of Man hours – During Feb. 10:00 – 16:00; From March 9:30 – 17:00; Sat., Sun. & nat. hol. in Feb. 10:00 – 16:30. Closed Wed. and Thu. during Feb.

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 Sta. (犬山駅) East Exit (東口) on the Meitetsu Inuyama Line (名鉄犬山線), take the Gifu Bus (岐阜バス) bound for Little World (リトルワールド); From Nagoya Sta. (名古屋駅) / Meitetsu Bus Center (名鉄バスセンター) take the Tohtetsu Kōsoku Bus (東濃鉄道高速バス) directly to Little World (Buses depart 9:45, 10:45, 11:45 weekdays; 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 on Sat., Sun. & national holidays).

Admission: Adults & University students 1,700 Yen; Seniors (65 and over) 1,300 Yen; Senior HS students & Foreign students 1,100 Yen; Junior HS & Elementary school students 700 Yen; Pre-school-aged children (3 and over) 300 Yen. (※Proof of age required for seniors; Student ID required for foreign students.) Additional charges apply for food and beverages. *Please note that admission prices will change from Sun. 9 Mar. See the website for details.

Website: http://www.littleworld.jp/

 

 

◆Toyoda Gosei Rink
豊田合成リンク

Photo courtesy of Nagoya Television Event Jigyōbu
Photo courtesy of Nagoya Television Event Jigyōbu

An annual fixture on the winter calendar at Sakae’s Oasis 21, the skate rink without ice is back! Skaters of all ages have enjoyed skating (without the cold or getting wet when you fall) on the way home from work or school, or taking time out from shopping. Lit up in the evening, skaters can enjoy live performances and other events, as well as interactive projection mapping on the rink.

When: Every day until Sun. 3 Mar. (Weekdays 13:00 – 20:00; Sat., Sun., national holidays & winter holiday period [24 Dec. to 6 Jan.] 10:00 – 20:00)

Where: Oasis 21 (オアシス21) Galaxy Platform (銀河の広場) in Higashi Ward (東区)

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

Admission: Junior HS and older – Weekdays 900 Yen; Sat., Sun., national holidays and winter holiday period 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.

Website: https://www.nagoyatv.com/toyodagoseirink/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Agricultural Center dela Farm Weeping Plum Blossom Festival
農業センターdelaふぁーむ しだれ梅まつり

Photo courtesy of Agricultural Center dela Farm
Photo courtesy of Agricultural Center dela Farm

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.

When: Until Sun. 17 Mar. (9:00 – 16:30) Dates may change depending on the state of the plum blossoms.

Where: Agricultural Center dela Farm (農業センターdelaふぁーむ), Tempaku Ward (天白区)

Access: A 20-minute walk from Hirabari Sta. (平針駅) or Akaike Sta. (赤池) 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 Nōgyō Sentā Kita (農業センター北) bus stop, walk for 5 minutes. From Akaike take the Meitetsu Bus for Yūfukuji (祐福寺) or Zengo (前後) to Araike (荒池) bus stop, walk for 6 minutes.

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

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

 

 

◆Nagoya Camping Car Fair 2019 Spring
名古屋キャンピングカーフェア 2019 Spring

See around 150 campervans and trailers at one of the largest camping car shows in the Tokai region, where you can also climb aboard and check out each vehicle’s features for yourself. There’s also fun to be had with attractions including Segway rides, free climbing, and reverse bungee.

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

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

Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjō-futō Sta. (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線).

Admission: General admission (Junior HS students and older) 1,000 Yen; Elementary school students and younger free.

Website: https://tv-aichi.co.jp/camping/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Nagoya Stone Festival
第3回なごや 石フェス™

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If you love stones, you’re not alone. This event features exhibits and sales of stones from all over the world, including natural stones, minerals, fossils, precious stones, gemstones, meteorites and more.

When: Fri. 15 Mar. (15:00 – 19:00), Sat. 16 Mar. (10:00 – 18:00) and Sun. 17 Mar. (10:00 – 16:00)

Where: Fukiage Hall (吹上ホール), Chikusa Ward (千種区)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Fukiage Sta. (吹上駅) Exit 5 on the Sakura-dori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)

Admission: Free

Website: https://mf-show.com/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆The 31st Tabi Matsuri Nagoya 2019
第31回 旅まつり名古屋2019~旅と宿と人のふれあい~

An event packed with hints to help you choose your next holiday destination. This fun-filled two-day travel fest features booths for destinations domestic and international, cuisines from various parts of Japan, as well as regional mascot characters and performances on stage, and a chance to win prizes by completing a stamp rally and questionnaire.

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

Where: Edion Hisaya Hiroba (エディオン久屋広場) and Angel Hiroba (エンゼル広場) in Hisaya Ōdōri Park (久屋大通公園), in Sakae (栄), Naka Ward (中区)

Access: A short walk from Yaba-cho Sta. (矢場町駅) Exit 6 on the Subway Meijo Line (地下鉄名城線)

Admission: Free

Website: http://tabimatsuri-nagoya.jp/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Tsuruma Park Flower Festival
鶴舞公園 花まつり

Photo courtesy of Nagoya City Greenification Center (Tsuruma Park)
Photo courtesy of Nagoya City Greenification Center (Tsuruma Park)

Feel the arrival of spring with flowers including plum blossoms and Japanese witch hazel (Hamamelis japonica) at Tsuruma Park. The blossoms of the Somei-yoshino cherry trees in the cherry blossom grove are famed as one of Japan’s top 100 cherry blossom viewing spots. There are also lots of events on during the Flower Festival, including the chance to see the cherry blossoms lit up at night and a beer garden, as well as concerts, the tea ceremony, and more.

When: Thu. 21 Mar. (nat. hol.) to Sun. 9 Jun.

Where: Tsuruma Park (鶴舞公園), Shōwa Ward (昭和区)

Access: Outside Tsurumai Sta. (鶴舞駅) on the JR Chūō Line (JR中央線) and Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線) Exit 4.

Admission: Free. Charges apply for some events, food & drink, etc.

 

 

◆All-Japan Gyōza Festival 2019 Spring in Moricoro Park
全日本ぎょうざ祭り2019年春inモリコロパーク

The All-Japan Gyōza Festival is a celebration of gyōza, the stuffed dumplings loved by all. Enjoy gyōza from popular eateries across the Tōkai region, as well as areas famous for their gyōza such as Utsunomiya and Hamamatsu, and original varieties featuring local ingredients from all over the country.

When: Thu. 21 (nat. hol.) to Sun. 24 Mar. (10:00 – 17:00; Last entry 16:30)

Where: Green Square (大芝生広場) in 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: A short walk from Ai・Chikyūhaku Kinen Kōen Sta. (愛・地球博記念公園駅) on the Linimo Line (リニモ)

Admission: Adult 1 Day Ticket 500 Yen; Elementary school students and younger free (Re-entry permitted on the same day only. Additional charges apply for food and beverages.)

Website: https://gyozamatsuri.jp/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Nagoya Castle Spring Festival
名古屋城春まつり

Photos courtesy of Nagoya Castle Administration Bureau
Photos courtesy of Nagoya Castle Administration Bureau

The spring festival at Nagoya Castle, famous for its cherry blossoms. A variety of events and performances will be held in the castle grounds during the festival. 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 during the grounds’ extended opening hours.

When: 23 Mar. to 6 May (Regular hours – until 16:30. 23 Mar. to 7 Apr. – until 19:30; 8 Apr. to 6 May – until 17:30. Last entry to the Hommaru Palace 30 minutes before closing.) The entrance area of Hommaru Palace will be lit up from sunset until 19:30 from 23 Mar. to 7 Apr.

Where: Nagoya Castle grounds (名古屋城内).

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

※The Main Tower is currently closed

 

 

◆OFF LINE BUY and TRADE swap meet 11th

The 11th edition of one of the largest indoor swap meets in Japan, with a huge venue filled with over 250 booths of diverse genres including car and bike parts, American items, used clothing, vintage furniture, leather goods and more. In addition to the swap meet, there’ll be a variety of events running concurrently, and numerous food and beverage booths.

When: Sun. 24 Mar. (10:00 – 16:00)

Where: Portmesse Nagoya (ポートメッセなごや)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Kinjō-futō Sta. (金城ふ頭駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線)

Admission: 1,200 Yen

Website: http://offlinebuyandtrade.com/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Nagoya Quilt & Stitch Show Vol.2
名古屋キルト&ステッチショーVol.2

As well as a large number of exhibits including quilt and stitch art by popular Japanese artists and winners of the Quilt Stitch Contest 2018, visitors to this event can experience making small items under the guidance of an instructor, and enjoy a market featuring popular shops from all over the country.

When: Thu. 28 to Sat. 30 Mar. (10:00 – 17:00; Last entry 16:30)

Where: Fukiage Hall (吹上ホール), Chikusa Ward (千種区)

Access: A 5-minute walk from Fukiage Sta. (吹上駅) Exit 5 on the Sakura-dori Subway Line (地下鉄桜通線)

Admission: 1,600 Yen (Advance purchase tickets 1,300 Yen, available from Ticket Pia [P-code: 991-985] and other ticket agents); Senior HS students and younger free (Elementary school students and younger children must be accompanied by an adult); Holders of a Certificate of Disability free.

Website: https://www.nagoyatv.com/event/entry-15117.html (Japanese)

 

 

◆乱(LAN)by Nagoya e-Sports Festival

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Nagoya e-Sports Festival vol.0 had around 1,700 attendees and more than 85,000 viewers online when held in March 2018. One year later…
A new kind of event is coming, where participants can use gear provided or bring their own and immerse themselves in a battle with the strongest warriors in an offline game network. The first event of its kind to be held outside of Tokyo.

When: Fri. 29 (opens 14:00) to Sun. 31 (closes 16:00) Mar.

Where: Telepia-Hall (テレピアホール), Higashi Ward (東区)

Access: A 5-minute walk east from Sakae Sta. (栄駅) on the Subway Higashiyama and Meijo Lines (地下鉄東山線・名城線), and Sakaemachi Sta. (栄町駅) on the Meitetsu Seto Line (名鉄瀬戸線), Exit 4A

Admission: All Dates Pass (BYOC) 10,000 Yen. See the website below for other options and how to purchase.

Website: http://tokai-tv.com/nef/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Ōsu Spring Festival
大須春まつり

The Ōsu Shopping District throngs with people during the Ōsu Spring Festival. With attractions such as ‘all-you-can-grab’ specials at certain stores in the arcade, Ōsu-daiko drum performances, and eccentric chindon’ya marching bands, enjoy an Osu that’s even more lively than usual.

When: Sat. 30 and Sun. 31 Mar., Sat. 6 and Sun. 7 Apr.

Where: Ōsu Shopping District (大須商店街), Naka Ward (中区)

Access: A 2-minute walk from Osu Kannon Sta. (大須観音駅) on the Subway Tsurumai Line (地下鉄鶴舞線), or an 8-minute walk from Kamimaezu Sta. (上前津駅) on the Subway Tsurumai and Meijo Lines (鶴舞・名城線).

 

 

◆Nagoya Players Presents Aesop’s Fables
英語劇イソップ物語

Image courtesy of Nagoya Players
Image courtesy of Nagoya Players

Adapted by James Brock, the show is comprised of five famous fables: ‘Fox & Crow’, ‘Tortoise & Hare’, ‘Donkey In Lion’s Skin’, ‘Fox & the Sour Grapes’ and ‘Fox & Lion’. These classic tales are woven together into a fast-paced, seamless narrative. Audiences will see transformations in time and place happen before their very eyes. Nagoya Players will bring the magic of Aesop to stage for both adults and children to enjoy in this exciting family friendly show.

When: Sat. 30 and Sun. 31 Mar. (3 shows per day 12:00, 15:00 and 18:00)

Where: Chikusa Playhouse (千種文化小劇場), Nagoya-shi, Chikusa-ku, Chikusa 3-6-10

Access: A 3-minute walk north from Fukiage Sta. (吹上駅) Exit 7 on the Subway Sakura-dori Line (地下鉄桜通線)

Tickets: Early Bird Tickets: Adults 2,000 Yen, Senior/Student 1,500 Yen, Child 1,000 Yen. Early Bird Tickets available via TicketPia (http://t.pia.jp , P-Code 490411) until 28 Feb. See website for ticket prices after this date.

Website: http://nagoyaplayers.org/shows/aesops-fables

 

 

◆Hanami
花見

Enjoying the cherry blossoms – while they last

The period from late March to early April is the season for hanami (花見, lit. ‘flower viewing’), the custom of viewing cherry blossoms (sakura / 桜), as this is the time when they generally come into bloom, and one of the most beautiful times of the year.
Considered one of the unofficial floral emblems of Japan, cherry blossoms have been the inspiration of poets for over a thousand years, and even today are a common image in modern pop songs, movies and comics. The short-lived beauty of the flowers is considered to be symbolic of the transience of life, as the fragile blossoms are only in bloom for a week or so.
The arrival of the hanami season is a much-anticipated event, and television news shows and newspapers feature a forecast of when the flowers are expected to reach their peak numbers in each region.
While some hanami-goers try to use this information to plan ahead and choose a date for their viewing party well in advance, it’s good to have a little flexibility if you’re really hoping to enjoy the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
The short life of the flowers means that popular hanami spots can become quite crowded as people try to enjoy the blossoms while they can. Staking out a spot for hanami gatherings is serious business, and many groups send someone early in the morning to spread out a blue polytarp to reserve their spot.

Hanami etiquette

“Reserving” a spot days in advance with a polytarp or rope, or laying claim to an area larger than you actually need is strongly discouraged at many parks as a nuisance to other hanami-goers.
Although hanami is seen by some as an opportunity for a drinking party, the true star of hanami is the sakura itself. Japanese and foreigners alike try to capture photos of the uniquely “Japanese” spectacle of the cherry blossom petals as they flutter to the ground. But resist the temptation to shake a tree or branch to encourage a more photogenic shower of petals, as the delicate trees are easily damaged. Likewise, perish any thought of climbing the trees or snapping off a souvenir sprig of sakura.
It’s also a good idea to be prepared to take your garbage with you when you leave. In some hanami venues, extra garbage bins are provided to cope with the garbage generated by hanami-goers, but there are many places where this isn’t the case.

Whether your hanami involves partying or having a quiet picnic with friends, family or coworkers, or even just going for a stroll along a cherry-blossom lined street in your neighborhood, this is a great time to be in Japan.

 

 

◆Nagoya City Agriculture Park / Todagawa Green Sakura Festival
農業文化園・戸田川緑地 さくらまつり

Kawazu-zakura. Photo courtesy of Todagawa Green Management Center
Kawazu-zakura.
Photo courtesy of Todagawa Green Management Center

Several varieties of cherry blossoms can be enjoyed at Todagawa Green over around two months up to late April, starting with Kawazu-zakura (Cerasus lannesiana, which blooms from early to late March), followed by Kanhi-zakura (Cerasus campanulata), Somei-Yoshino and Sato-zakura, with around 1,000 trees in total.

When: Sat. 16 Mar. to Sun. 21 Apr.

Where: Nagoya City Agriculture Park / Todagawa Green (農業文化園・戸田川緑地), Minato Ward (港区)

Access: From Tokai-dori Sta. (東海通駅) on the Subway Meiko Line (地下鉄名港線), take the City Bus (市バス) bound for Kawaikobashi (河合小橋, departs terminal ③), alight at Nanyōshisho (南陽支所) and walk north for about 5 minutes. From Takabata Sta. (高畑駅) on the Subway Higashiyama Line (地下鉄東山線), take the City Bus (市バス) bound for Kawaikobashi (河合小橋, departs terminal ⑤), alight at Nanyōshisho (南陽支所) and walk north for about 5 minutes. From Haruta Sta. (春田駅) on the JR Kansai Line (JR関西線), take the Nanyō Circuit Bus (南陽巡回バス, departs terminal ②) clockwise course (右回り), alight at Todagawa-ryokuchi (戸田川緑地).

Website: http://bunkaen-todagawa.jp/ (Japanese)

 

 

◆Arakogawa Park Sakura Matsuri
荒子川公園 さくらまつり

Photo courtesy of Arakogawa Koen Garden Plaza
Photo courtesy of Arakogawa Koen Garden Plaza

From late march, around 1,000 Somei-Yoshino trees come into bloom, and the Cherry Blossom Festival begins. The cherry blossoms at night, illuminated by traditional bonbori lanterns, are highly recommended, and there are concerts and a variety of activities to enjoy.

When: Thu. 28 Mar. to Sun. 7 Apr.

Where: Arakogawa Park (荒子川公園), Minato Ward (港区)

Access: A 3-minute walk from Arakogawa-kōen Sta. (荒子川公園駅) on the Aonami Line (あおなみ線)

Website: http://www.nga.or.jp/arako/

 

 

◆Shirotori Garden Cherry Blossom Viewing
白鳥庭園 観桜会

Photo courtesy of Shirotori Garden
Photo courtesy of Shirotori Garden

Shirotori Garden is a 3.7-hectare Japanese-style garden featuring tea rooms, with opportunities to experience the tea ceremony while enjoying the cherry blossoms (10:00 – 15:30; 500 Yen. Advance purchase tickets also available, while stocks last.). Other attractions include a market, workshops and displays of Fukuyose-Hina dolls.

When: Sat. 6 and Sun. 7 Apr. (9:00 – 17:00; Last entry by 16:30) Closed Mondays.

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

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

Admission: Adults 300 Yen; Junior HS students and younger free; Seniors (residents of Nagoya aged 65 and older; proof of age required) 100 Yen.

Website: http://www.shirotori-garden.jp/english/index.html

 

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