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Tokai Eco Festa

This event has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Learn how to best re-use and recycle old items and clothes in this age of mass production & mass consumption.


Mammoth Flea Market 2014

As of this Spring, the Mammoth Flea Market will be renamed to “Mammoth Flea Market Z”. Read on to find out more!


Belgian Beer Weekend 2014

Beer, food, music and Belgian lifestyle! The Belgian Beer Weekend will be kicking off in Hisaya Ōdōri Park for a massive thirteen days.


Kakuozan Spring Festival

Family fun in Kakuozan with flea markets, retro/antique stalls, international food stalls.


Nagashino Gassen Nobori Matsuri

An annual festival commemorating the 1575 Battle of Nagashino; one of the most important battles in Japanese history.


Sakura in Mizuho Ward

The illumination of this area has concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… You will need to be quick if you want to catch some of the most breathtaking cherry blossoms in Nagoya City – they are usually only around until about the end of the first week of April.


Exhibition: Millet, Barbizon, and Fountainebleau

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of the most loved painters in Japan, Francois Millet (1814-1875), The Museum is proud to bring you this stunning collection.


Exhibition: Evangelion

General manager Hideaki Anno and the production company “Khara” who are overseeing this exhibition are making some 300 pieces of valuable source material publicly available.


Komakiyama Cherry Blossom Festival

This festival has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… See 1,200 cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Lit up by bonbori (paper-covered lamps), the cherry blossoms will be at the center of the Komakiyama cherry blossom festival this year. A sight not to be missed.


April Out and About Information and Podcast

Out and About is a monthly event information and podcast service produced by Nagoya International Center volunteers.   The script is also available in a PDF format English Japanese Alternatively, you can now download our monthly podcast. Download April’s Podcast – (right click mouse and select “Save link as”) Subscribe on iTunes for free! After [...]


Spring Walk in Nagoya 2014

Get a taste of local history in Higashi Ward. Walk from Shuzeicho – to Shumokucho and the surrounding areas (the streets of culture), totaling approximately 3.5 km.


“NIC Nihongo no Kai” Japanese Course for Adults

The Center’s ever-popular program offers 4 levels of conversation classes and 3 levels of writing classes.


Children’s Story Book Time

Come and share in the fun at the Nagoya International Center 3F Library & listen to foreign volunteers as they read a selection of books in their native language from the library’s vast collection of children’s story books.


Children’s Japanese Class

This course is taught by volunteers and is designed for children (born between April 2 1999 and April 1 2008) whose native language is not Japanese. Students learn Japanese skills necessary for school and daily life.


Report: Seminar & Consultations for Parents & Guardians of Foreign Children

On Saturday the 8th of February, the NIC held a seminar with the aim to help parents and guardians of foreign children by giving them valuable information on how to cope with school related issues. Read on to find out more.


Nagoya Philharmonic – Upcoming Performances

Monthly performances by Nagoya Philharmonic including a Subscription Concert (tickets from 1,000 to 6,000 Yen) and a free Salon Concert.


Inuyama Castle Spring Festival

This festival has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Thirteen traditional 3 tiered festival floats, which are designated as tangible cultural assets of Aichi Prefecture, are pulled through the city’s cherry blossomed 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 – located on the hill overlooking the festival.


Nagoya City Museum Ukiyoe Exhibition

Be touched by the rich cultural history of the Edo Period and its people. This exhibition presents the works of the greatest ukiyoe artists in history, including ukiyoe of beautiful women by Kitagawa Utamaro, kabuki actors by Toshusai Sharaku, scenes of Mt Fuji and Tokaido by Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige respectively, humourous caricatures by Utagawa Kuniyoshi and many other well-known pieces.


Nagoya Castle Spring Festival

This festival has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This spring, come and see the beautiful cherry blossoms at Nagoya Castle. At night, they are elegantly lit up and will truly make your visit a memorable one. There will be live traditional music performances including the Koto, Shamisen and Wadaiko (Japanese drum).


March Out and About Information and Podcast

Out and About is a monthly event information and podcast service produced by Nagoya International Center volunteers.


Weeping Plum Blossom Festival

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The overwhelming sight of countless weeping plum blossoms will carry your heart into the spring as you are mesmerized by the subtle yet striking features of shidareume trees.


The Nagoya Touring Children’s Theater

This event has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Since 1980, The Touring Theater has been giving the children of Nagoya, who might not otherwise have an easily accessible opportunity to experience the pleasure of a live stage performance, a chance to witness some impressive talent for themselves!


Disaster Survival Cooking and DIY Workshop

Thank you to all who attended on the day. We had a great time teaching you! Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info and future events!


Nagoya Camping Car Fair 2014 Spring

This fair has concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… See camping cars, caravans and other camping related goods. There will be activities and information on a variety of subjects. The great part about this show is that your can get inside the actual vehicles to check them out in detail; however please make sure you ask the attendants before doing so. Great fun for all who love the outdoors!


Railways Festival 2014

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


The Tagata Jinja Hōnen Matsuri

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… 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.


Divisionism from Van Gogh and Seurat to Mondrian

This exhibition has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…Based on the theme of Divisionism, this exhibition examines Impressionist division of tones, Neo-Impressionist technique of pointillism led by Seurat, and how artists of following generations, beyond regional boundaries, opened their eyes to new possibilities of color through various interpretations of those techniques.


The Ieyasu Parade

The seasonal marker of spring in Okazaki has to be “The Ieyasu Parade”. Watch the valiant warriors of Mikawa make their way to battle. They are truly a piece of dazzling antiquity brought to life from the illustrated old scrolls of long ago.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Be sure to wear something green, and come along and join in the fun. With live Irish music, singers and dancers, bagpipes – St. Patrick’s Day comes to Nagoya!


Nagoya International Orchid Show 2014

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… One of the events which marks the coming of Spring in the city, is the Nagoya International Orchid Show held at the Nagoya Orchid Gardens. This year will be the 24th since it first began at Fukiage Hall. See various contests in the various display, flower art and craft divisions. Experience transplanting orchids, get to ask experts for their advice; all while taking in the beauty of some of the most beautiful orchids in Japan.


Hafu – The Film

This screening has now concluded in Nagoya, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. Current information on the film can be found on the official website… What does it mean to be mixed-race in Japan? Today, 1 in 49 babies are born between an international couple. Documentary film “Hafu” follows the lives of five half-Japanese individuals…


Midori Multicultural Event

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. We thank all involved parties for their participation! Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…Together with Midori Ward’s Cultural Co-existence Boranetto, the NIC brings you this multicultural event. The aim is to connect locals through building on mutual cultural understanding and awareness and making useful information on daily life accessible in an enjoyable way to enable people to live more comfortably and with peace of mind.


Nagoya City University, Faculty of Design and Architecture – Exhibition of Final Works

This exhibition has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… See the works of final year and post graduate students over the course of six days from the following areas; Product design, graphic design, textiles, videography, CG, information design, acoustics, construction, architecture and urban design faculties.


Nagoya Auto Trend

This event has now concluded and and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Whether you prefer four wheels or two wheels this is the show for you. Japan’s major auto manufacturers and independent workshops will be displaying their very own custom-built cars and motorbikes in this annual car show.


Manhattan Jazz Orchestra

This performance has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The world famous Big Band from New York, together with the skill and genius of arranger David Matthews are coming to Japan to heat up the stage with their thrilling and powerful performance!


Konomiya Hadaka Matsuri

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


Illuminata in Centrair

This event has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This year, see Centrair veiled in a festival of lights. See “Paratura – Sculpture of Lights”, worked on by producer Imaoka Hirokazu and art director Valerio Festi, of “Kobe Luminarie” and “Tokyo Millenario” in person for the first time in Tokai.


NIC’s Free Personal Income Tax Consultations 2014

Consultations for this round have concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The Nagoya Certified Public Tax Accountants’ Association together with the Nagoya International Center will be hosting free tax personal income consultations for foreign residents. Reservations are currently being accepted.


Introducing Foreign Cultures: India

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… A lecture by Aichi Bunkyo University’s Takanori Suzuki on what connects our two countries and what supports the global people of India. Subha Kokubo, a professional dancer, will also be speaking from the point of view of ancient dance, regarding identity; something the people of India place a great deal of importance on.


Illumination: Chapter 3 “LOVE Illumination”

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The 3rd theme for this season is “LOVE Illumination”. See approximately 150 varieties of orchids on display in the atrium and the pond beautifully decorated and lit up in the garden’s grounds with colours and lights influenced by nature. A beautiful setting where couples can watch the winter night sky adorned by the lights of the gardens.


Nagoya International Music Festival

Seven world class performances from around the globe will be impressing you with their talent right here in Nagoya between April and July at the Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater.


Oyster Garden

This event has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Enjoy the rich and sweet premium grade oysters direct from Hiroshima. There’ll also be a monthly special menu consisting of specially created dishes, as well as freezing cold sub-zero beer! Entry to the area is free but food and drink items are charged. Menu prices range from 200 to 2,500 Yen and there is seating for approximately 300 people.


The Takisanji Ogre Festival

This festival has now concluded, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


Disney Live — “Mickey’s Magic Show”

This show has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Abracadabra! See Disney Live’s “Mickey’s Magic Show” in Nagoya! Watch Mickey perform professional tricks as he mesmerizes both children and adults alike with his enchanting illusionary feats. You’ll be so taken by the performance, you won’t be able to look away!


Wan-nyan Dome 2014

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…


Toba no Himatsuri – the Fire Festival of Toba

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… One of the most peculiar, extraordinary annual festivals in Japan. Its official name is ‘Toba-dai-kagaribi (the great bonfire of Toba)’, and it is registered as a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.


Kinoshita Circus

See an amazing program consisting of; Web Rope Show, Safari Spectacle, Miraculous White Lions, Death Defying Motorcycle Globe, Adorable Elephant Show, Double Flying Trapeze and Russian Acrobats, Wheel of Death, Sliding Tightrope, “Seven Chairs Show” and more! Formed 112 years ago and always evolving, Kinoshita Circus is sure to impress!


NIC Regional Seminar

This has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…


Foreign Students Employment Seminar

This seminar has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


Foreign Language Courses at the International Student Center

Applications are now closed and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… French & Korean language courses open to anyone residing, studying, or working in Aichi Prefecture will be available this spring at the International Student Center (ISC) in Minato Ward. Courses will be conducted in Japanese.


MICA Free Medical Check Ups

This MICA session has now finished. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info on future MICA sessions… Free health & dental consultations will be offered for foreign nationals by the Medical Information Center Aichi (MICA). Interpreters will be available to offer assistance in English and Portuguese. The checks are completely free of charge and you don’t even need an insurance card – simply turn up and have your confidential health check.


Illumination: Chapter 2 “New Year”

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


New Year Party – International Exchange Event

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This event provides Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting. There will be recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese culture. A buffet-style light meal will be available.


Nagoya City Fire Department’s 2014 New Year Event

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…. Around 2,000 volunteers will appear from the Nagoya City Fire Department for this event! Seventy fire-fighting vehicles, a helicopter, ambulance and other related equipment will be showcased during the show.


Toyota Home Rink

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Back for the fifth time since 2009, the Toyota Home Rink is the ideal place to skate this winter on the way to or back home from work or school! It’s a great place for families, and at night, with all the atmospheric lighting, it makes for a popular venue for couples. It uses patented American made interlocked resin sheets called “Super-Glide” instead of ice. Although it offers the same level of glide-ability, it makes it easier for beginners to stand – and if you fall, you won’t get cold and wet!


The 2nd “Spaceship-Aqua” Light-up Photo Contest

This contest has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…Enter your best photos of a lit up Spaceship-Aqua (水の宇宙船) at Oasis 21. With a 1st prize of 30,000 Yen up for grabs, this is a great opportunity for photographers from all walks to compete on a level playing field. The conditions are quite detailed, but as a guide, photos must have been taken after October 13 2012 and sent in digitally as a JPEG file by the 31st of January.


Hoshashinji

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This popular and traditional Shinto ritual is held annually at Atsuta Jingu to pray for a healthy and prosperous year.


Comprehensive Seminar and Consultations for Parents and Guardians of Foreign Children

This Seminar and Consultation event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…


Speech Contest for Foreign Students

Applications for this contest have now closed, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… For the development of a more prosperous world, a definite need exists to deepen mutual understanding by transcending nationality and cultural differences based on the exchange of constructive opinions…


Aichi Nagoya Snow Festival

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… 2,000 tonnes of snow will be brought in from Nagano and Gifu prefectures for this family festival which will be running for the second time this year. Attractions include a snow play area, snow slides (with an impressive length of 50 meters!), trampolines, water balls (transparent floating balls you can enter), jumping castles, stage performances & shows, and a food market.


Circle K SunKus Dome presents Asobo World

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…. Ride the “MONSTER”! One of the largest slides in Japan! 15 meters tall and 45 meters long, it’s sure to please whoever is brave enough to take it on! There is also the “JUNGLE” – a gigantic, dimensional, three level maze. It’s difficult to not enjoy this with the whole family during the new year season.


Flower Marche 2014

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Come and see some of the best flowers in Japan and the pride of Aichi! From Ikebana to floral decorations and pot planting, learn new ways to enjoy and experience the joys of Flower Marche!


International Student Center Spring Vacancies

The current availabilities are as follows; 14 Single Rooms 7 Twin Rooms Who can apply? Foreign students registered to universities, junior colleges, or graduate Schools in Aichi Prefecture or those who have passed the entrance examinations or have been accepted for admission. Spouses of the applicants for twin rooms must be non-Japanese (applicants must be [...]


Nagoya Chinese New Year Festival

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… 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 art demonstrations, and on stage traditional music and dance.


Spring Homestay in Nagoya 2014

Applications for Spring Homestay have now closed, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. If you require any further information regarding this program, please feel free to contact us… The Nagoya International Center runs a special homestay program during spring break for international students in Japan. If you feel that you do not have any opportunities to visit ordinary Japanese families even though you are studying in Japan, this program is for you.


Sea Train Land Very Merry Christmas 2013

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… All of the usual attractions will be lit up with a touch of Christmas cheer using approximately 10,000 lights in total, including the 8 metre tall Jumbo Christmas Tree! With a starlit sky themed dome with illuminated dolphins and hearts, the whole theme park will become a charming and atmospheric location for all.


Japanese Cooking Event “Temaki (hand rolled) Sushi”

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This event is to introduce Japanese dishes to foreigners. Japanese and non-Japanese will make temaki sushi together while getting to know and share each other’s’ lives and cultures at the same time.


Family Day Nagoya

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The 3rd Sunday of the month has been designated as Family Day. Enjoy games, craft, stage events, sports, poster-making and other fun family activities on this family day.


Illumination: Chapter 1 “Rainbow”

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…. This year’s theme is the rainbow. Approximately 250 types of orchids from around the world in the atrium and pond of the grounds beautifully coloured with about 170,000 decorative lights!


The 4th Aichi World Refugee Food Party 2013

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Enjoy food from Africa, Asia, America and more! Get to know refugees living in Japan and hear presentations on their experiences. There will be a dinner buffet, music, dance and cultural shows.


Help Us Fight Illiteracy

Since 1989 funds raised from the postcards have benefited approximately 1.28 million people in 44 countries around the World. If you have any un-posted mis-addressed or left-over pre-stamped nengajo you and your friends & colleagues can help some of the World’s poorest people by donating such postcards to the Nagoya International Center, either by sending them by mail or by depositing them in our yellow-coloured collection boxes in person.


Tomica Special Exhibition

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The Tomica brand of miniature replica vehicles has been a hit with children since its introduction over 40 years ago. This family event is a must for Tomica collectors and fans of all ages. This year’s theme is “Always Cool Tomica!”


Nagoya Akari Night 2013

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…


Winter Sports Festa 13

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… If you are planning to hit the slopes this winter, don’t miss this event. Find the right snow, snowboard, and ski gear to suit your needs; over 290 brands to choose from! Get special offers, discount tickets, and lift passes from all the major ski resorts in the Japan Alps.


Nagoya Antique Fair

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Over 200 stalls to explore at Chubu area’s largest antique’s fair. From kimonos and armour to toys and retro items, a wide range of both Japanese and Western antiques will be on sale.


Fukugonji Fire Walking Festival

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Fukugonji’s fire walking festival is a tradition that has been carried on for over 500 years. It’s a festival undertaken to cleanse the human spirit of the years impurities and also to provide the people with protection from fire.


Japanese Cultural Activities “Origami Mingle”

This activity has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The purpose of this event is for Japanese and non-Japanese guests to share and learn about each others’ culture and ways of thinking while having fun doing a recreational activity together. This time, the guests will participate in making the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, origami.


Free Business Start-up Seminar and Gyoseishoshi Consultations

The Seminar and Consultations have now concluded. Thank you to all the attendees for their participation. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. Information regarding future seminars and consultations will be published as it becomes available… The NIC will be hosting a free business start-up seminar as well as gyoseishoshi consultations. Reservations are required. There are 30 places available for the seminar and 12 places available for the one-to-one consulations. A great opportunity to have your questions answered by qualified professionals.


AFSA The 49th International Students Evening

International students will be providing cuisine from their home countries and presenting songs & dances in their native languages. Hosted by the Aichi Foreign Students’ Association (AFSA). Why not join them?


Korankei Momiji Festival

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


Autumn Walking in Nagoya

This walk has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Information on the next walk will be made available as it becomes available. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. A 3.5km walk which will take you back in time so you can learn about the history of the area. Starting at Shiyakusho Station, you’ll walk towards the International Center building in Nagono and feel the history as you’re guided by our NIC volunteers. Languages supported are English, Portuguese, Spanish and Chinese.


Job Fair for International Students

The fair has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Aimed at students who will be graduating in 2014, this fair aims to help university students in the Tokai region to find work. The International Student Center will be present to provide information and give individual advice where required. This is a free event and all interested parties are encouraged to use this opportunity.


High School Visit Program

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. The NIC is running a free tour of Nagoya City Chuo Senior High School 名古屋市立中央高等学校 (Naka Ward) for children of foreign nationality on Tuesday, November 19 (18:00 – 20:00). The tour is free, however places are limited to 20 parents and students.


Nagoya Classic Car Meeting 2013

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info and events… A free event for the whole family featuring a classic car parade (with cars no newer than 1985 models), classic car exhibition, flea market, and street entertainers.


Life in Okumikawa – Hanamatsuri & Rituals

This exhibition has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This exhibition brings together the everyday items of mountain people along with Hanamatsuri and its associated rituals to help us reflect and appreciate the importance of mountain village culture and customs as well as the forest.


Tokugawaen Garden Autumn Matsuri and Dance

This festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…See approximately 300 autumnal trees colour the breathtaking garden grounds and join in the Gujo dance around the large pond (all welcome). The garden will also be lit up for 11 days.


Jokoji Temple and Jokoji Koen

Located in Seto, this temple and the surrounding park are popular spots for viewing autumn leaves. The temple dates back to 1336. The park’s autumn leaf viewing festival runs from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1. There are approximately 500 trees in the area and about 100 trees within the boundaries of the temple and park alone.


Messe Nagoya 2013

This exhibition has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This business exhibition brings many professionals together to create bridges between different networks and industries including environmental, science and technology related fields. It also aims to foster an international exchange of people and ideas from around the world, boasting 833 exhibitors this year alone, including the Toyota Group as well as other Nagoya based manufacturing entities. This year’s Messe Nagoya expects to see some 60,000 visitors.


Creators Market

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Over 4,000 amateur and professional designers will be exhibiting and selling their creations. A wide range of original hand-made art, crafts, interior design, and fashion items will be on sale. For all lovers and appreciators of art!


Dome Yakimono World 2013

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. The largest ceramics and porcelain exhibition in Japan with over 400 booths representing all the major pottery & ceramics centers in Japan, including Seto, Tokoname, Mino and many more! You’ll find tableware of all sorts. From cutlery to plates, bowls and glassware, it’s all here!


Ogaki: City of Water

The Tarai Boat Rides season has now concluded, however the castle and other attractions remain open as usual. We will update this page with more seasonal information as it becomes available. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…Ogaki is blessed with abundant and pure underground waters as well as beautiful rivers; as a result, Ogaki is also known as the “City of Water.” As pictured, you can ride the “Tarai” boats along Suimon River while seeing the beautiful autumn colors on the trees lining the banks.


Autumn Party – Internatioanal Cross Culture Promotion Center

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info and events… This event provides Japanese and non-Japanese guests a chance to meet and mingle under a casual party setting. There will be recreational games, prizes, and a chance to learn and experience Japanese culture. A buffet-style light meal will be available.


FAE 28 – The Foreign Artists Exhibition – Artists Wanted!

The deadline for FAE applications has passed. Please check out the event page and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s exhibition. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. If you are a potter, painter, sculptor, watercolorist, photographer, printer, or are involved in any other kind of creative art form, then this exhibition presents an excellent opportunity for you to display your artwork, exhibited along side other local foreign artists from a wide range of countries.


FAE 28 – The Foreign Artists Exhibition

The FAE 28 exhibition has now concluded. Thank you to all visitors and participants. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info and updates… Visitors to Nagoya International Center’s 4th floor display room, between December 3rd (Tuesday) and 8th (Sunday), will be able to enjoy the artworks of around 60 foreign artists resident in the Chubu Region, central Japan, who will be taking part in the long-running Foreign Artists Exhibition (FAE), now in its 28th year.


The 6th Book Gift Contest in Tokyo/ Kansai / Nagoya

Entries to this contest are now closed, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Deadline extended till the end of October! Sponsored by the Jodo Shu Peace Association, and in the interests of supporting exchange students in Japan, this contest aims to “return the favour” to foreign students who contribute to Japan in various ways through their knowledge and culture. The contest awards the prize to 80 individuals (30 in Tokyo, 20 in Kansai and 30 in Nagoya) and awards successful entrants up to 4 books with a total value of up to 10,000 Yen.


International Exchange Event at Yokiso Villa

This event is over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info…. Yokiso no kai (NPO) will hold a multi-cultural event for exchanges between foreign residents and the Japanese. There’ll be tea ceremony by the Urasenke School, dance and music, as well as an Ikebana presentation by the Misho School.


The 407th Subscription Concert

Sian EDWARDS, Conductor “Water – a lonely man in a fishing village” B. Britten Four Sea Interludes & Passacaglia, Op.33a/b from Peter Grimes E. Elgar Introduction and Allegro, Op.47 P. Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36


The 59th Nagoya Festival

This festival is now over, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The Nagoya Festival is Nagoya’s largest Autumn festival. The festival’s main attraction is its parade, but there are also events at Oasis 21, Hisaya-odori Park, and other spots around the City. There are also special events throughout the two days at Oasis 21 in Sakae and Hisaya Odori Park in Yaba-cho.


The 10th World Collaboration Festival 2013

The 10th World Collaboration Festival has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Chubu’s largest international exchange event is now in its 10th year and it’s time to celebrate! Learn about causes for the good of multicultural co-existence, take part in workshops, watch on-stage music and dance performances from around the world. Admission is free!


The 36th Osu Street Performers Festival

This year’s festival has now finished, and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This annual festival started in 1978. Around 250 (45 groups) street performers, musicians, and artists will be showing off their skills with their dances, juggling, visual comedy, and magic routines on Saturday & Sunday throughout the day at over 15 locations in and around the Osu shopping district.


Gifu Nobunaga Matsuri

This event has now finished and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… A significant festival for the Gifu region, held on the first Saturday and Sunday of October every year. It honours Nobunaga who unified Japan using Gifu Castle as the foothold. At Sofukuji Temple there are memorial services, arquebus firing displays, dressed up warriors, band parades and various activities to make this a special occasion for the region every year.


Arimatsu Float Festival

This festival is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This event takes place in historic Arimatsu, full of Edo Period character. The three festival floats paraded in this festival are City Designated Cultural Assets and make their way through the streets of Arimatsu. Karakuri dolls (Edo Era mechanized puppets) also perform at this event – a good opportunity to see them!


Gamagori Miya Matsuri

This festival is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… This festival is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… An annual festival in October where four, highly decorative floats are pulled between two shrines in the town. On Sunday, the floats enter the ocean. Arrive early on Sunday morning to secure your spot on the beach. It takes around 15 minutes for each float to cross the 400m stretch of water.


38th NIC Book Recycling Bazaar

The Book Bazaar has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info and events… Hate to see a good book go to waste? Come along to the bazaar and get yourself a bunch of books for a bargain and contribute to a good cause while you’re at it. Proceeds go to the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan for the promotion of literacy education in developing countries and the NIC Library for the purchase of new books.


Tea Ceremony Class

This course has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


Art Aquarium Exhibition

This event is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest events in and around Nagoya… In 2012 in Summer in Tokyo, at Nihonbashi, in only the space of about one month, over 200,000 people came into contact with the legendary “Art Aquarium”. This summer, Nagoya will be home to this amazing exhibition. The theme of this exhibition is “Nagoya – The Elegance of Goldfish”.


Bunraku Traditional Japanese Puppet Theatre

This event has now finished and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Bunraku is a traditional form of Japanese puppet theatre where a narrator, shamisen and puppet come together for a combined performance. The narration, the sound of the shamisen, along with three puppets, present a complex drama to the audience.


Aichi University Campus Tour

This tour is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info and for future tour dates… The NIC is running a free tour of Aichi University on Sunday, September 29. Participants will be guided by a current student of the university and will be able to talk to other students and faculty members about the scholarship program, admission, campus life and future prospects.


Nagoya Reptiles World 2013

This event is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info.


Foreign Language Courses at the International Student Center

This course is now full and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Korean and Chinese language courses open to anyone residing, studying, or working in Aichi Prefecture will be available this spring at the International Student Center (ISC) in Minato Ward. Courses will be conducted in Japanese.


Development Training for Supporters of Foreign Students and Children

Applications for this training are now closed. Please check our home page for current events and other training opportunities.
A training program for supporters, carers and teachers of foreign students and children which aims to equip people with fundamental knowledge through workshops and lectures. Learn how to assist children with their studies and also how to be a source of emotional and mental support through the use of techniques utilised by social workers. The first introductory opening session will be free, and will present information about the current state of foreign children’s education in Japan.


Special Purpose Vehicles Exhibition

This event is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Six special purpose vehicles including a police patrol car, a road service vehicle, and tractors will be on display in a special exhibition throughout the summer; a great opportunity for children to climb aboard and explore the vehicles. The ticket price includes admission to the museum’s permanent exhibition.


Komakiyama Takigi Noh Theater

This event is now over and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… See traditional outdoor Noh theater, performed in a bonfire torch lit space. A must see for people who would like to experience this ancient Japanese performing art. English Earphone guidance will be provided for foreigners (reservations required). Entry is free.


Suzuka Balloon Festival 2013

The 2013 Suzuka Balloon Festival is on Saturday, September 14 to Monday, September 16 in Suzuka City, Mie. It features daily flights (Sep 14 – 6:20 & 14:30, Sep 15 – 6:15 & 14:30, Sep 16 – 6:15) and a balloon illusion light and sound show at the Suzuka Circuit on Sunday, September 15 from 19:00 to 19:40. Times may vary depending upon weather conditions.


Nagoyameshi Expo 2013

This event has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… What’s the best restaurant for local food in Nagoya? You can help decide by taking part in the Nagoyameshi Expo! There are 270 participating restaurants throughout Nagoya City serving Nagoya recipes such as hitsumabushi, miso katsu, tebasaki, kishimen, ankake spaghetti, and tenmusu.The exposition runs from Friday, September 27 to Monday, November 11.


Setomono Matsuri

This popular and long-running festival offers a great chance to purchase some authentic setomono ceramics at cheap prices, and have a go at decorating your own setomono. On Saturday, September 14 (19:10 – 19:50) there will be a fireworks display; in the event of rain, fireworks will be on September 15 (18:30 – 19:00). There is also the Miss Setomono Parade on September 14 (15:00 – 16:00).


18th Toyohashi Fire Festival

The display of “Tezutsu” fireworks in “Hono no Mai” is the climax of the “Fire Festival”. The “Tezutsu” fireworks are hand-made, hand launched fireworks that send an amazing pillar of flame directly over the person who launches it. Hand launched fireworks of this scale (20m) can’t be found anywhere else.


The “Gaspard and Lisa” and “Penelope” Exhibition – Georg Hallensleben and Anne Gutman’s World

This exhibition has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Gaspard and Lisa and Penelope are the creations of husband and wife team Anne Gutman (writer) and Georg Hallensleben (illustrator) who live in France. They successfully make light of childhood mishaps and challenges with their light-hearted wit and humour. The exhibition presents approximately 100 pieces, including sketches and illustrations which let you more closely see the picture book making process. To truly appreciate these charming children picture book characters, one must really come and see these originals in person.


Exploring the Deep Sea – Exhibition

Can you imagine what’s in the deep sea? What lives there? How do we even come to learn about an environment which exists at such unreachable depths? Come and see what we’ve discovered about the deep sea as we share with you real abyssal specimens and exhibits which shed light on the wonderful facts of the deep sea.


The World of DRAGON BALL

The exhibition is divided into 7 different zones, named after the 7 Dragonballs, from “1 Star Dragonball” through to “7 Star Dragonball” and will feature original comic pictures, colour illustrations, cels, a character wall and a special theatre. There will be approximately 300 items on exhibit as well as a “Battle of Gods” corner attraction to make for one huge opening!


Nippon Domannaka Festival

This event has finished and this page is here for reference purposes. Please check our home page for current events and exhibitions.
From Friday evening, August 23 to Sunday, August 25 over 200 teams & around 23,000 performers from across Japan and from around the world will take over the streets of Nagoya as part of Japan’s largest dance festival.


Cormorant Fishing (Ukai) on Kiso River

The Ukai season has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info. We’ll be updating you with 2014 Ukai information as information becomes available.


Aichi International Women’s Film Festival 2013

This year’s AIWFF film festival has now finished and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Thirty-six films from around the world will be shown at this year’s Aichi International Women’s Film Festival including an English language film and several films with English subtitles.


Tokoname Yaki Matsuri and Evening Fireworks

Watch approximately 1,500 fireworks over the seaside location of Tokoname from 19:00.


World Orchids Festa 2013

August is the month of Africa at this colourful event. Weeks one and two celebrate Madagascar, followed by Tanzania in week three and South Africa in week four. There will be lectures, exhibits, music and cultural presentations at this event.


August Out and About Information and Podcast

Out and About is a monthly event information and podcast service produced by Nagoya International Center volunteers. Whew! Summer is here, and we hope you can stay comfortable with the heat and humidity. Escape into cool museums for a break, or enjoy firework shows that celebrate the season. The script is also available in a [...]


KICA Essay Contest

The Kyoto International Cultural Association’s (KICA) 36th Essay Contest is open for entries. This year’s theme is “Japan and the World I’ve seen”.


Kusamakura Haiku Contest

Entries for this Haiku Contest are now closed. This page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… Haiku are short, image-based poems about the things that make people feel connected to nature. English haiku do not adhere to the strict syllable count found in Japanese haiku, and typical English haiku have three lines of up to 17 syllables. Kumamoto’s annual international haiku competition is open to all non-native Japanese speakers and participation is free.


Disaster Prevention Workshop for Foreign Residents

Would you be prepared if a powerful earthquake struck Nagoya tomorrow? How would you react? What would you need to prepare? Join other foreign residents and learn what to do in an earthquake and how to prepare your home for one. Learn how to cook rice outside of the kitchen and learn first aid to deal with common disaster-related injuries.


Take Part in Disaster Prevention Training

This training course has now concluded and this page is here for reference purposes. Please regularly check our website, follow us on twitter, like us on facebook and/or subscribe to our mail magazine for the latest info… The Nagoya International Center is offering foreign residents the opportunity to join Disaster Prevention Day training on Sunday, September 2 in Kita Ward. Knowledge of Japanese is not required as volunteer interpreters will be present.


NIC Book Recycling Bazaar Report

Many thanks to all of you who came to the 37th Book Recycling Bazaar on June 2nd . We are happy to report total proceeds of 68,371 Yen. Half of this will be donated to UNESCO, where they will be used to foster literacy education in developing countries. The other half will be used to buy books for NIC library. The next book bazaar will be held on November 3rd, 13:00-15:00 at the NIC 5F Meeting Room #1.


Minato International Matsuri

A free and fun event for all ages and nationalities! Stage performances from around the world! Learn about disaster prevention, and experience games and cuisine from across the globe.


July Out and About Information and Podcast

Out and About is a monthly event information service produced by Nagoya International Center volunteers. Its available in a PDF format or in an audio podcast. Download the July 2013 edition.


Kariya Mando Matsuri

A lively, colourful festival featuring 5m high “samurai” lanterns, called mando (literally “ten thousand lanterns”). One mando, weighing approximately 60kg, is carried by one man alone! The men move and dance in rhythm to the accompanying flute and drum music.


Gamagori Fireworks Festival

See the biggest firecracker on the Pacific coast of Japan with a whopping 650m diameter! A great way to spend a summer night with your friends or your family, located on the coastal city of Gamagori. On at Gamagori Pier, Harbour and sea-front, a 3 minute walk from JR or Meitetsu Gamagori stations on the last weekend of July.


2013 Bolshoi Circus Summer Tour

Known as the Bolshoi Circus in Japan, the Russian National Circus has over 80 years of history and first came to Japan in 1958. The word “Bolshoi” means “Great” or “Big” in English and this national circus consists of 4000 artists and staff, more than 6000 animals, and about 70 temporary and permanent theaters.


Disney on Ice – Princesses & Heroes

Your favourite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, characters from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Snow White, Rapunzel and others will be performing live on ice to your favourite Disney songs in Nagoya for 10 days! This year also sees the introduction of discounted rates for children, as well as reduced rates for weekday shows.


The 56th Log Rolling Contest

Come and see this unique event at Nagoya Port where participants perform this traditional spectacle of log rolling! A historical and authentic performance that the general public can also witness! Every year, on the day of the event, international exchange students also participate in the general entry division.


Magical Hour

From as long as since the Edo period till present day, we bring you the mystical and often unknown world of magic tricks and sleight of hand. We’ll be showing you old magic training manuals, ukiyoe (old colour prints from the Edo period) of acrobats, giant woven baskets and the history of magic which are sure to be both a unique and entertaining event for all. Held at the Nagoya City Museum.


The 67th Nagoya Port Fireworks Festival

Nagoya Port’s annual summer festival as well as the colossal fireworks display consisting of about 3,000 fireworks, attracted an impressive 270,000 people! Activities planned for this year include a log riding contest, a marching band, jazz concert, a Japanese drums and performing arts festival, floats and more!


Toyohashi Gion Matsuri

Here’s an interesting festival where you can see the traditional hand-held style of Japanese firewords called “tezutsu hanabi” at the Yoshida Shrine and on the banks of the Toyo River.


Pet Fair 2013 in Nagoya

Beginning in 1994 in Osaka, the Pet Fair is the biggest pet-related event in the Tokai region! Hold and see pets, pet related goods and services, pet food and much more at this family friendly annual event. Buy a pet and get kitted out with everything your pet will ever need.


DAYS JAPAN – Photo Journalism Exhibition in Nagoya

Since its launch in 2004 and the help of many people, DAYS JAPAN celebrates its 9th year this year. In addition, the DAYS JAPAN Photojournalism Awards, starting in 2005, has brought the public many significant images which aim to inform about current world events and issues. This year’s exhibition brings you images from Syria showing the civil war crisis, the increase of African refugees in areas of conflict, and the environmental issues which nuclear power plants pose.


The 9th Nagoya Undoukai

A great opportunity to be involved in this annual international exchange sports event, with free giveaways! Last year’s undoukai saw 530 people from 23 countries around the world! There are simple games for everybody to enjoy. Join in this year on Sunday September 8 (10:00 – 15:00) in the Moricoro Park Gymnasium in Moricoro Park, Nagakute City as an individual, family, group of friends, school, or company! Places are limited!


Nagoya Oktober Fest 2013

For 16 days each year over 6 million people attend the world’s biggest beer festival in Munich, Germany which started over 200 years ago. Supported by the German Consulate & the German National Tourist Board, Nagoya will be again hosting its very own version of the famous festival with live stage events, sausages, pretzels, and a wide range of German beer (over 40 types) and wine.


Free Gyoseishoshi Consultations for Foreign Residents

The NIC will be hosting free gyoseishoshi consultations on Saturday, July 6 (13:00 – 16:30) in the Center’s 4F Exhibition Room. English, Filipino, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese interpreters are available. Maximum 50 minutes per person; maximum 16 people. Reservations are required and can be made from Thursday, June 6 by calling 052-581-0100, or by visiting the NIC 3F Information Counter.


Sisters in Art: Women Painters and Designers

A total of 79 works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s permanent collection explore the role of women in art. These paintings by and about women include works by Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lilla Cabot Perry, Helen Torr, Edgar Degas, Gretchen Woodman Rogers and many others.


Creators Market, Port Messe

Creators Market – over 3500 amateur and professional designers exhibiting and selling their creations!
When: Saturday, June 29 & Sunday, June 30 (11:00 – 18:00)
Where: Port Messe Nagoya ポートメッセなごや, Exhibition Halls 2 & 3


The Geneology of the Bizen Sword

The province of Bizen, present-day Okayama Prefecture, was known as a place for the production of swords, counted as one of the three major manufacturing regions along with Yamashiro (Kyoto Prefecture) and Sagami (Kanagawa Prefecture). This exhibition introduces the works of the Ichimonji and Osafune Schools to explore the history and the genealogy of swordsmiths from Bizen.


School Guidance Seminar for Children of Foreign Nationals

Coming from a different cultural background, most foreign parents living in Japan have a different idea of what further education should be. The lack knowledge about the Japanese school system and the language barrier make it difficult for the parent to fully understand the potential further education choices available to their child.


Nostalgic Car Show 2013, Port Messe

A car show featuring cars from the 1970’s. As well as event and car shop booths there’s also a popular engine revving demonstration (ノスタルジックカーサウンドミュージアム), a garage sale & swap meet.


Exterior & Garden Fair Nagoya 2013, Port Messe

Includes displays, design contest, kid’s corners, stamp rally, stage talk shows, charity auction, and an E&G market. There are also 3 open classes on June 8 (beginner’s gardening class 1000 Yen), kokedama moss ball class (1000 Yen), and a kitchen garden class (1500 Yen). Admission is free!


Ice Sculpture Contest in Osu

Watch with amazement as an elite number of ice artists hand-craft unique sculptures (without the use of chainsaws) in this hour-long annual contest. Even if you can’t make the contest time you can still drop by later in the evening to see the finished sculptures.


Menard Art Museum – Masterpieces from the Collection III – Japanese-style Painting

We all have preferences for certain colours and shapes. This is not too different from painters and craftsmen, who whilst establishing their own style, discover their preference of colours and shapes by taking inspiration from Mother Nature and the works of great artists who came before them. The last of 3 exhibitions held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the museum. This exhibition features 65 works from 33 contemporary Japanese artists. Enjoy the wide variety of colours and shapes expressed by the artists on show.


“She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” – One Coin Classic Movie Series

Watch the 1949 Academy Award winning Western classic on the big screen for the first time. The film was the second of John Ford’s trilogy of films focusing on the US Cavalry and stars John Wayne in the prime of his career.


The Nagoya International Music Festival

An international music festival bringing together musicians from around the world.


Francis Bacon Exhibition

Timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of his death, this exhibition will introduce audiences to Bacon’s “world” by presenting around 35 of his artworks. Of these, around five will be triptychs, the format that came to symbolize his art practice, as result of which the total number will seem even higher. In addition to the five works known to be held in collections in Japan, works from major collections from around the world – including the Tate, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Hirshhorn Museum (Washington), the Estate of Francis Bacon, and the Yageo Foundation (Taiwan) – will make the journey to Japan.


World Collaboration Festival 2013

The World Collaboration Festival is looking for groups and organisations (choirs, bands, dance teams, drama groups, variety acts, etc) that are based in the Tokai area interested in performing on-stage at the World Collaboration Festival on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 at the Oasis 21 in Sakae. Acts should have either a strong connection to a foreign culture, or promote international exchange or multicultural harmony.


Women of Ireland

Artists from Riverdance and Celtic Woman come together to perform in an outstanding full stage production showcasing a live band, world-class dancers, and five of the best female performers from Ireland. After sell-out tours of North America and Ireland, Women of Ireland comes to Japan for the first time.
Performers include Shioban Manson (dancer, Riverdance), Deirdre Shannon (vocals, Celtic Woman), Niamh Gallagher (fiddle), the O’Neill Sisters (vocals), and the only male dancer in the troupe, Anthony Fallon (dancer, Riverdance).


Japanese Summer School for Children

With the aim of providing the Japanese language skills necessary for school and daily life, NIC volunteers will host special summer vacation Japanese lessons for children. Available for school children aged between 6 and 15 whose mother tongue is not Japanese.


29th International Philippine Festival in Nagoya

Scheduled events include a special lecture, a Philippine mini bazaar, a Philippine movie show and stage performances, and an International Friendship Party!


NIC Book Recycling Bazaar

Over 3000 items including English fiction paperbacks, children’s books, books about Japan, and books for Japanese Language learners. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.


Spring Walk in Nagoya

Join Nagoya International Center walking guide volunteers on a walk of a 3 km course from Motoyama to Yagoto Station.


Walkathon – International Charity Festival

This annual event brings together well over three thousand members of the International and Japanese communities to support the vital work being conducted by local NPOs and charitable organizations. As well as a walking course this fun and memorable family event will have great food, live music and stage shows, a children’s activity zone, and a raffle with great prizes.


CHINA: Grandeur of the Dynasties

This exhibition features total of 168 items, approximately 60 percent of which are national treasures designated by the Chinese government.


Romeo and Juliet

This show will be presented in English with Japanese subtitles (日本語字幕付き), and directed by award-winning film maker Anthony Gilmore.


This is the World of Lupin the 3rd

This exhibition commemorates the 40th anniversary of Lupin III’s anime version, showcasing original manga illustrations and manuscripts, cell drawings, TV clips, films, and various other documents and paraphernalia related to the series.


Belgian Beer Weekend 2013

The Belgian Beer Weekend came to Nagoya for five days last year, and this year the festival is returning for a total of 11 days!


Yosakoi Yume Matsuri 2013

Around 100 teams, young and old, from all over Japan will converge on Nagoya to perform in this two-day colourful and vibrant festival of traditional Kochi-style Japanese street dancing. Admission is free to all stage areas except Shirotori Gardens where admission to the Gardens is 300 Yen for adults.


Nagashino Kassen Nobori Matsuri

An annual festival commemorating the 1575 Battle of Nagashino; one of the most important battles in Japanese history.


Masterpieces of French Paintings from the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

This exhibition features 66 selected works from the Pushkin Museum’s collection, including the Renoir’s priceless masterpiece “The Portrait of Jeanne Samary”. Enjoy the best of French art – “from Russia with love”.


See the Chunichi Dragons at The Nagoya Dome

The 144-game regular season starts on March 29, is followed by league play-offs (start October 12), and the season climaxes in the best-of-seven Japan Series which starts on October 26.


Inuyama Castle Spring Festival

Combine a visit to the festival with a visit to Japan’s oldest castle – Inuyama Castle – located on the hill overlooking the festival.


The Iyeyasu Parade

More than 700 samurai warriors led by Japan’s most prominent historical figure, Okazaki-born Iyeyasu TOKUGAWA will parade through the streets and perform a mock battle on the banks of the river.


Dome Umaimon World 2013

Sample the best food that Japan has to offer. Choose from over 300 famous regional recipes from across the country. Watch top hotel chefs and gourmet cooks put together dishes using local ingredients live on stage.


Notre-Dame de Paris

Notre-Dame de Paris, the musical spectacular based on Victor Hugo’s novel “The Hunchback of Notre-Dame”, is finally coming to Japan for the first time.


Railways Festival 2013

A railways-themed family event for train lovers and model railways enthusiasts featuring a flea market, displays, and other related side attractions.


The 2013 International Speech Contest in Japanese

Put your Japanese language skills to the test and enter the International Education Center’s ‘International Speech Contest in Japanese’!


Maruyama Okyo Exhibition

This exhibition views Ōkyo from various angles and features a total of around 90 works.


Moricoro Park Street Entertainer’s Festival

Family fun at Moricoro Park! Street entertainer performances, a charity auction, a juggling corner, and a flea market.


American Landscape: From Niagara to Yosemite

Featuring images of the American landscape from the seashore of New England to the mountains of the west, this exhibition will include sixty-two works from the outstanding collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this exhibition.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade 

Be sure to wear something green, and come along and join in the fun. With live Irish music, singers and dancers, bagpipes – St. Patrick’s Day comes to Nagoya!


TOYOTA 75

This exhibition consists of about 50 cars and about 50 scale models – showcasing the development of Japanese automobiles and some of the innovative ideas in manufacturing technology.


Disney Live! – Mickey’s Magic Book

Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and characters from Beauty & the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and Cinderalla will be live on stage in Nagoya for 5 days! Performances will be in Japanese.


Nizou Yamamoto Anime Exhibition

An exhibition of art director Nizou Yamamoto’s work on animation, movies, and television.


An Exhibition of Teenage Works by Genius Painters

The World Children’s Art Museum will showcase 300 childhood works of well known painters including Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, and Shinsui Ito.


The Takisanji Ogre Festival

This is a popular festival and attracts large crowds each year. The fire festival (from 19:45) sees three “ogres” chased around the main temple by dozens of torch-bearing men.


Midori Multicultural Event

Organized by the Nagoya International Center and the Midori Tabunka Kyosei Boranetto. Admission is of course free! Learn about disaster and crime prevention, try children’s games from around the World, free health consultation booth, and take the “Easy Japanese Words” quiz.


Toba no Himatsuri – the Fire Festival of Toba

One of the most peculiar, extraordinary annual festivals in Japan. Its official name is ‘Toba-dai-kagaribi (the great bonfire of Toba)’, and it is registered as a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.


Cirque Éloize iD

In Cirque Éloize’s latest show, iD, fourteen international artists and twelve circus disciplines come together to form a spectacular fusion of new theatrical circus and urban dance!


Setsubun Around Nagoya

Setsubun is a lunar ‘New Year’s Eve’ event marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring and is celebrated on February 3rd every year. It is celebrated in Japan by throwing beans to chase away evil oni, or ogres. Once the oni are driven away happiness is free to make its way into homes. In Nagoya, you can see ceremony like these at various shrines and temples.


Takayama Sake Brewery Tour

Seven of the Takayama’s famed breweries are open to the public one week at a time, provide a free guided tour that includes sake sampling; a commemorative golden sake cup is also presented to each visitor.


Wan-nyan Dome 2013

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this event!


Clown! Clown! Clown! 2013

Slapstick side-splitting family entertainment is returning to Nagoya courtesy of the Clown Family Pleasure B troupe! Over 20 clowns will be showing off their juggling, pantomime, dancing, conjuring, acrobatic, and comedy skills.


Help Hotline for Work Related Injuries and Diseases

The Heart organisation and the Nagoya Occupational Safety & Health Center will be running a special multilingual help hotline on January 27.


Nitten – The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition

One of the largest and most popular annual exhibitions of Japanese fine art. This exhibition features a selection of works from the recent Nitten Exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo. On display are approximately 600 works in 5 categories; Japanese and Western style painting, sculpture, craft art, and calligraphy.


Brian Williams Exhibition

During his 40 years in Japan, Brian has had over 100 solos shows all over the country. This exhibition features 30 of his “parabolic landscape paintings” – paintings produced on curved canvas to give a realistic eye’s view of stunning scenery.


Walt Disney 110th Anniversary Exhibition

Featuring around 700 exhibits on loan from the Disney corporation and San Francisco’s Walt Disney Family Museum, the exhibition will look into the life of Walt Disney and how he overcame repeated failures and an economic depression to make his dreams in to a reality.


Klimt’s Golden Rider and Vienna

A special exhibition in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.


Winter Illuminations In and Around Nagoya

The holiday season means Christmas lights!


Osu Kannon Special Exhibition

Through the temple’s collection of documents and treasures this exhibition celebrates two landmark events – the 1300th anniversary of the Kojiki and 400 years of Osu Kannon in Nagoya.


A Great Assembly of Gods: A New Year’s Shrine Visit to the Tokugawa Art Museum

This exhibition highlights valuable works from the medieval age and other festive pieces that match the season, as well as documents that reveal the nature of the Tokugawa family’s beliefs and their relationship with various shrines.


Hollywood Festival Orchestra New Year Concert 2013

From the silent era to the modern day blockbuster, music has always been an essential part of the big screen experience.


Christmas Concerts in Nagoya

If you’re in and around Nagoya over Christmas you may be interested in watching one or both of these public Christmas concerts.


AFSA 2012 Foreign Students Evening

International students will be providing cuisine from their home countries and presenting songs & dances in their native languages. Hosted by the Aichi Foreign Students’ Association (AFSA). Why not join them?


The Glory Gospel Singers from New York

An exciting special Christmas show from the Glory Gospel Singers of New York. Songs will include Amazing Grace, Oh Happy Day, White Christmas, Silent Night, I Will Follow Him, Shout, and Carrying You.


Winter Sports Festa 12

If you are planning to hit the slopes this winter, don’t miss this event.


Holiday Craft Fair

The Nagoya International School PTA is holding its annual Holiday Craft Fair …


High School Visit Program for Children of Foreign Nationality

The NIC is running a free tour of Nagoya City Chuo Senior High School for children of foreign nationality on Wednesday, November 21.


Autumn Walk in Kakuozan

Join Nagoya International Center walking guide volunteers on a walk of a 3 km course around the Kakuozan area of Nagoya.


HOPE at the Hilton Week

HOPE at the Hilton Week runs from November 10 – 16 at the Nagoya Hilton Hotel in Fushimi. All in all a great opportunity to help the poor and have fun while you’re at it!


Experience the World of Wagashi Tour

The tour will be conducted mainly in English and is part of the Nagaragawa Onpaku 2012 tourist promotion program.


Georges Rouault Special Exhibition

This exhibition features 67 works by the artist including copperplate engravings from his renowned “Miserere” series.


Japanese Cooking Event – `Nabe-mono′- Pot dishes

`Nabe-mono´is a general term for dishes cooked in a single pot or in a saucepan placed on the table. Learn how to make nabe-dishes with other Japanese and foreign residents. Limited to 20 participants.


Autumn Exhibitions at Tokugawa Art Museum

There are 2 related exhibitions on at the Tokugawa Art Museum 徳川美術館in Higashi Ku during November.


ELT EXPO 2012 in Chubu

This expo offers day-long choice of presentations, publishers’ displays, a chance to network, and many opportunities for local English teachers to present their ideas, and displays of a wide range of English language teaching materials.


RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles

Performing in Japan for the first time, RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles is an award-winning Beatles tribute show that was on Broadway as recently as July 2011.


COOKIN’ NANTA

This popular South Korean musical made its international debut at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received an award for best performance.


Peer Support Salon

If you are married to a Japanese or thinking about marriage why not share your concerns and advice with other foreign nationals who are in a similar situation at our salon


The Osu Street Performers Festival

This annual festival started in 1978 as an alternative to the Nagoya Festival. Around 250 (45 groups) street performers, musicians, and artists will be showing off their skills with their dances, juggling, visual comedy, and magic routines on Saturday & Sunday throughout the day at over 15 locations in and around the Osu shopping district.


International Exchange Event at Yokisō Villa

Come and enjoy a multicultural experience on Sunday, October 21 (13:30 – 16:30) at Yokisō Villa, the historic home of Matsuzakaya Department Store founder Suketami Itō. The program includes a guided tour of the historic residence, tea ceremony, noh performance, and an ikebana demonstration.


Gamarjobat – Silent Comedy – Japan Tour 2012

The internationally-famed award-winning silent comedy duo return to Nagoya with a quick draw Wild West flavoured comedy.


Japanese Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

The 2nd half of this exhibition provides an opportunity to view 37 masterpieces from this collection, including 12th century Buddhist artwork, medieval ink paintings, early Kano school, early modern paintings, and work of the eccentric genius Soga Shohaku (1730-1781).


Marc Chagall Exhibitions

Marc Chagall was one of the 20th century’s most prominent artists. His art career spanned both world wars and led him from his home town in Belarus to St. Petersburg, Paris, Berlin, and New York, before finally settling in France after the WW2. In September, there are two fantastic exhibitions that focus on two different aspects of his work.


Max Ernst – figure x scape

This exhibition presents works of the renowned Surrealist painter Max Ernst (1891-1976) under two themes, “figure” and “landscape.” Through approximately 120 works brought together from inside and outside the country, this exhibition attempts to reveal the artist’s idiosyncratic interests beyond the boundaries of Surrealism.


Carpe Diem – Seize the Day

Carpe diem is a phrase from a Latin poem by Horace. Translated as “seize the day” The verb carpe was commonly used to mean gathering flowers. This exhibition uses paintings, photographs, video, and installations to explore the concept of carpe diem through flowers.


400 Years of European Masterpieces from the State Hermitage Museum

This exhibition features 89 paintings including works by Titian, Rubens, Rembrandt, Reynolds, Renoir, Monet, Cezanne, and Picasso. The highlight of the show is Henri Matisse’s Red Room (Harmony in Red), which is being exhibited in Nagoya for the first time in twenty years.


Take Part in the Nagoya Undoukai

Join this year’s event in Moricoro Park, Nagakute City as an individual, family, group of friends, school, or company!


Japanese Cooking Event – Udon

Learn how to make udon with other Japanese and foreign residents.


ETJ-Aichi Workshop

In this workshop Peter Warner explains and demonstrates twelve steps of preposition lessons for children, teenager, and adult students.


Disney on Ice – Princesses & Heroes

Your favourite Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Tinker Bell, all 8 Disney Princesses, and associated characters will be performing live on ice to your favourite Disney songs in Nagoya for 9 days!


A General Collection: Circus! Circus! Welcome to the World of Dreams!

A selection paintings and prints from East and West of the fantasy world of the circus – ranging from 1870’s Paris to 1970’s Japan. The exhibition features works by Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Marino Marini, Georges Rouault, and Kees van Dongen. We have a pair of tickets to give away for this exhibition!


The Spring Special Exhibition – The Okaya Collection: The Prosperous Merchant Family’s Artistic Sensibility

This is a special exhibition commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the museum’s new wing and the 80th anniversary of the Tokugawa Gardens.


James Ensor Exhibition – Behind the Realism and Illusions

A selection of around 100 works of art from the Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp and other museums including 50 works from renowned Belgian artist James Ensor (1860–1949), and further related works from past Dutch and Flemish artists and contemporary Belgian artists including Brueghel and Rubens.


British Masters of Watercolour Exhibition

A total of 160 works on-loan from the world-class watercolour collection of the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester in the UK. Featured artists range from Joseph Turner (1775 – 1851) – the great master of British watercolour landscape painting – to Pre-Raphaelite works by Millais and Rossetti.


Art as Magic – Visual Deceptions and the Inner Spiritual World

This exhibition will bring together art from the Mie Prefectural Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts – Gifu, and the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art under the theme word of “magic”.


Hokusai Exhibition

This special exhibition to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ukiyoe master Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) features a total of 200 prints.


What’s an Icon of Style?

The exhibition will feature pieces by John Galliano for Christian Dior, Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel, Olivier Theyskens for Rochas, Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, Arnold Scaasi, and Christian Lacroix. Garments worn by Diana, the Princess of Wales, and Hollywood actresses as they walked the red carpet will also be featured in the exhibition along with modeling photographs and illustrations of Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Kennedy, Madonna, and other celebrities. We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this exhibition!


Hina Matsuri Special Exhibition

The dolls displayed by the Tokugawa Art Museum are from the private collection of the Owari Tokugawa Family, one of the most richest and powerful families in Japan’s history.


The World of Trick Art Exhibition

An exhibition of 24 optical art pictures where you can “jump” into the picture and be part of the optical illusion is at the Lagunasia theme park in Laguna Gamagori until Sunday, May 6.


Special Exhibition – Ben Shahn: Cross Media Artist

As well as a general retrospective of the artist’s works, there is also a section of the exhibition dedicated to the photographs the artist took on his visit to Japan in 1960. The artist’s work will be returning to Japan for the first time in 20 years and many of the works on loan from overseas have never been seen before in Japan.


Hiroshige’s One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo is a series of 118 woodblock prints by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Hiroshige UTAGAWA (1797 – 1858) depicting the city of Edo (modern day Tokyo) in differing seasons and weather conditions from a variety of different places and distances.


Henri Rousseau and Naivety: Life and Creation from the Collection of the Setagaya Art Museum

This exhibition features 50 pieces of art on loan from Tokyo’s Setagaya Art Museum including works by Henri Rousseau, Alfred Wallis, Grandma Moses, and Kiyoshi Yamashita.


Mary Blair Exhibition

Mary Blair (1911 – 1978) was an American artist who was prominent in producing art and animation for The Walt Disney Company, drawing concept art for such films as Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and Cinderella. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of her birth, this exhibition will feature more than 180 works. We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for this exhibition!


Education, Health, and Development Consultations for Children of Foreign Nationality

Are you worried about your child’s education, health, and development? The Nagoya International Center will be holding a free seminar, counseling, and peer support salon for parents of foreign nationality.


The Takisanji Ogre Festival

This is a popular festival and attracts large crowds each year. The fire festival (from 19:45) sees three “ogres” chased around the main temple by dozens of torch-bearing men.


One Coin Classic Movie Series – Tea for Two

Watch the 1950 musical film inspired by the 1925 stage musical No, No Nanette. The film stars Doris Day in her first lead role.


Love Illuminations 2012

A Valentine’s Day and White Day getaway in the heart of Nagoya. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the garden’s heated indoor atrium.


Hikari – Expression of Light in Works of Art

Seventy works of art will be on display, covering four themes: natural light, the effects of light, indoor / light in daily life, light in arts and crafts. Featured artists include Claude Monet, Édouard Vuillard, and Shozo Shimada; and on exhibition for the first time is Pierre Bonnard’s (1867-1947) highly-valued “La Blonde au gilet bleu”.


Special Exhibition – A Portrait of Venice – A Story of a Thousand Years

Known as the “City of Water”, Venice reached its golden age in the 13th Century through the vast wealth acquired by its superior maritime power and trade. This exhibition showcases the history and splendour of the World Heritage city from its golden age through to the 16th Century.


Dome Umaimon World 2012

Sample the best food that Japan has to offer. Choose from over 300 famous regional recipes from across the country. Watch top hotel chefs and gourmet cooks put together dishes using local ingredients live on stage.


Kaita Murayama Exhibition

Kaita Murayama was a Japanese artist, author, and poet. A highly talented artist he tragically died as a result of the Spanish Flu aged just 22 in 1919. This exhibition features around 250 works and around a further 100 related articles; these exhibits have been specially released from over 50 museums across Japan for this exclusive one-off exhibition.


Nitten – The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition

One of the largest and most popular annual exhibitions of Japanese fine art. This exhibition features a selection of works from the recent Nitten Exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo. On display are 566 works in 5 categories; Japanese and Western style painting, sculpture, crafts, art, and calligraphy. We have 10 pairs of tickets to give away for this exhibition.


Jackson Pollock: A Centennial Retrospective

Celebrating the centennial of the birth of Jackson Pollock (1912-1956), this is the first retrospective of the artist’s work in Japan. This retrospective will include roughly 70 artworks (about 40 paintings) coming from all over the world. A life-size replica of Pollock’s studio and the actual materials he used will also be on display. The NIC has 20 sets of tickets to give away for this exhibition!


Circle K SunKus Presents Fuwafuwa World 2012

New Year family fun at the Nagoya Dome with a large range of floor attractions, games, exciting stage shows, and over 30 bouncy castles & giant inflatables from around the world! The NIC has 10 pairs of tickets to give away!


Child Care Class for Foreign Mothers

Naka Health Center in Nagoya’s Naka Ward has started a FREE monthly child care class for foreign mothers who reside in Naka Ward. The class provides information necessary for raising children in Japan and is targeted towards expectant mothers and those with infant children. Japanese interpreters are available for those that don’t understand Japanese.


Nakamura Masayoshi: A Retrospective

Masayoshi Nakamura exhibition at the Nagoya City Art Museum opens November 1. A revolutionary figure in Japanese post-war art, this exhibition will cover the life-work of this Aichi-native. The NIC has tickets to giveaway!


KOOZA – Cirque du Soleil

The world famous French-Canadian circus Cirque du Soleil will be performing over 80 shows between Wednesday, November 23 and Sunday, January 22 at a special big-top next to the Nagoya Dome.


Take in the Japan Basketball League

The 2011-12 season of the 8 team Japan Basketball League started on October 7. There are 2 Chubu-based teams in the league, the Nagoya-based Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Dolphins and the Kariya-based Aisin Seahorses.


Autumn Special Exhibition: The Elegance of the Imperial Court

Established in the early Edo Period, the Arisugawa imperial branch family specialized in poetry and calligraphy, helping to support the courtly tradition. Through their collection of literature and art the elegance of imperial court will be on show at this special exhibition.


Still Life from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: Tradition and Innovation

This exhibition of still lifes, drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, features European and American paintings and decorative arts from the sixteenth century to the present. It features 69 works of art including some the Museum of Fine Arts’ masterpieces ranging from Manet and Renoir to Kline and Braque. Familiar, easy to understand, and visually appealing, the still life has served as a platform for artists through the ages to express their artistic concerns and test their artistic mettle.


Masterpieces from the Collection of Menard Art Museum 2011

A selection of Western art, Japanese-style prints, Japanese western-style paintings, sculptures, and designs from the museum’s 1400 item collection. Featured artists include Cezanne, Monet, Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, Magritte, Rodan, Bourdelle, and Ensor.


Shozo Shimada: A Retrospective

A total of about 120 works from the career of figurative painter Shozo SHIMADA (b 1933) will be on exhibition until Sunday, October 30 at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art 愛知県美術館, Aichi Arts Center 10F.


FIA F1 Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka 2011

The Japanese F1 Grand Prix returns to nearby Mie for the 15th race of the 2011 season. Twenty-four world-class drivers will compete over 53 gruelling laps of the world famous Suzuka Circuit 鈴鹿サーキットgaining top speeds of over 300 km/h. The 2010 race was won by German Sebastian Vettel.


Drumline Live! Japan Tour

Drumline Live is a theatrical production created by the music team behind the hit 2002 movie “Drumline”. The show’s world wide tour is coming to Nagoya this Summer!


Rococo Elegance – Beautiful Sensuality of the French Court

This exhibition is being held to commemorate the 1st anniversary of the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art. In addition to 16 pieces of artwork by such artists as Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, and Jean-Honore Fragonard, the exhibition showcases furniture, dress, fans, and other accessories made in the Rococo style that were popular with both Madame Pompadour and Marie Antoinette.


Special Exhibition: The Ruyang Yellow River Dinosaur

The complete skeletons of 9 giant dinosaurs and more than 60 fossils, including one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered in Asia – the 27m long Ruyang Yellow River Dinosaur, will be on exhibition at the Nagoya City Science Museum this summer.


Munakata Shiko Exhibition

This exhibition theme is “prayer and journey” and features 300 works including woodblock prints of picturesque scenery from around Japan and a 26m long Buddhist-themed woodblock print. All profits from the sale of selected posters and postcards at this exhibition will be donated towards helping those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.


Jim Dine – Theme and Variation: Half a Century of Print Making

This exhibition comprises around 150 etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, and illustrated books, selected from the collection of nearly 800 prints, and drawings both from the permanent collection and the archive of 700 prints on loan to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The NIC has a pair tickets to give away for this exhibition.


Money Museum Exhibition: The 69 Stations of the Kisokaido

The Kisokaido series of prints was was produced between 1834 and 1842 and was a collaboration between ukiyo-e artists Hiroshige UTAGAWA (1797 – 1858) and Eisen Keisei. See all prints of the series for free at the MUFG Money Museum in Hiagshi Ward.


Rembrandt: The Quest for Chiaroscuro

In cooperation with the Rembrandt House Museum in Amsterdam, this exhibition presents some 107 of the artist’s works and 10 works from related artists. The artworks are gathered from the Rijksmuseum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Louvre Museum, and other major institutions.


Vermeer Geographer – The Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Städel Museum

Although only 34 paintings are attributed to him, Johannes Vermeer (c.1632 – 1675) was a giant of 17th-century Dutch art and was well-known for his colourful, contemporary domestic interior scenes of middle class life.


Special Exhibition: The Olmec, the Most Ancient Civilization of the Americas, a Road to Maya

A special exhibition celebrating the 400th anniversary of Mexico-Japan friendship. Enjoy the beauty and the power of ancient works of art by the Olmec civilization (1500 BC to about 400 BC) the first on the American continent , preceding even the Maya.


Marc Chagall Lithographies

A selection of 94 colour lithograph prints from the Belarusian French artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985); one of the most successful artists of the 20th century. Towards the end of his long career, Chagall created many colourful lithographs.


Hina Matsuri Special Exhibition

The dolls displayed by the Tokugawa Art Museum are from the private collection of the Owari Tokugawa Family, one of the most richest and powerful families in Japan’s history.