Nagoya: More Exciting Than Advertised / The Obvious Circus Calendar (Until 9/14)

Daniel Ostrander

When I first moved to Aichi, I thought I had been totally screwed. Nagoya may be one of the largest cities in Japan, but it’s not exactly known for its nightlife like Tokyo or for its cultural richness like Kyoto. To a newbie fresh off the boat, this town kinda sucks.

It was around that time I was given a piece of advice from someone who had lived in Nagoya for many years:

“There’s more to life here than teaching, drinking and &#$%ing. You have to get involved.”

It was with that in mind that I started writing the Events Calendar 5 years ago. And what started as a short list of things for my friends and I to do between being teachers and being inebriated, quickly grew into the promotion company, the Obvious Circus and a newsletter full of local music, art and social happenings. Before I knew it, hundreds of people were reading every week, and suddenly I was involved. Nagoya didn’t suck so much anymore.

Over the years, the E.C. has changed in appearance several times. This newest incarnation is a co-op effort with NAGMAG which makes it possible to keep even more people in the know on a more regular basis. I’m not just working on my own schedule anymore. However, the message remains the same. There’s a lot to happening in Nagoya, you just have to know where to look.

Right here, at Nagoya’s #1 source for shit to do.

On to the calendar!


Thursday, September 8

The Aichi International Women’s Film Festival
Will Aichi Women’s Center
A celebration of women in the film industry, this 5 day festival features 23 films from around the globe; including The Kids Are All Right (USA), Tomorrow Will Be Better (POL) & Cherry Blossoms (GER). ¥1100, closes on Sunday
Friday, September 9

Stereo Soul
Club About in Sakae from 22:00
DJ Primalize’s monthly tech & progressive house party is a welcome alternative to the stale, stock top 40 parties most of the bigger club promote. DOOR ¥1500

Gen’s 2nd in Sakae from 23:00
R&B, hip hop & House with DJs PauloAtNight, I-Cue, 034, JENOVA, Taku. Ayaka & Lilyan
WOMEN ¥1000 (2D) | MEN ¥2000 (3D)

Disco Free
Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00
A night of disco, soul, jazz & funk music; each rich with the sound & history of their respective generations. And, sadly, this event manages to shove them all in the same box with the unfortunate label “black music”. ADV ¥1500 | DOOR ¥2000

Fancy Masquerade Party
Sarmale in Shinsakae from 18:00
Here’s a chance to try out your Halloween party early courtesy of Nagoya’s top Romanian restaurant. ¥2000 (¥1500 with a costume) includes buffet dinner and one drink. Free Champagne & cake around 20:00.

Saturday, September 10
Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
This monthly progressive house party features local-boy-done-good, DJ OGAWA and several others from his crew. If you’ve never been to Mago before, this one is a good place to start.  ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)

The Nagoya Metro Club
Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00
Nagoya’s ichiban gay, lesbian et al party is back for another wild night with DJs, drag queens & debauchery.  Metro is a scene unto itself & only for the open-minded party-people who aren’t afraid of a wild time! DOOR ¥2500 (2D)

Party Up vol. 9
The Hub in Sakae from 23:00
DJ PauloAtNight is going to be dropping his high energy mix of house, hip hop & reggaeton at one of Nagoya’s most popular bars. The admission is FREE!

Speed Dating
Nagoya Tsurumai City Public Hall from 18:00
Speed-dating is all the rage these days for people who either (A) can’t be bothered to spend more than 15 minutes to find that right person or (B) are tired of being bothered by the wrong person in bars & clubs. Whatever the reasons, this semi-regular get together always has a nice mix of ladies & gentleman from around the world. Put together by the party-providers at Nagoya Friends. There is only space for 40 men & 40 women, so reserve your spots now. ADV 2500 (men) & 2000 (women) / DOOR +500 yen

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00
Talented bass player, Ryusei Hattori from Kyoto will be sharing the stage on this night with the gypsy/flamenco guitar of Eddy Lizar, and the duo of Lesley Bartlett & Coleen Wickdahl of Semi-On DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Sunday, September 11

Nagoya Writes
Mondo Lounge in Kamimaezu from 16:00 – 18:30
Come and join this local writers group for an afternoon of fiction and poetry readings! As an added bonus, since it’s being held at Mondo Lounge, you can also take some affordable reading material home with you. They have an excellent selection of pre-loved books, CDs & DVDs.

Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 18:00
The garage-born sounds of this Tokyo band deserve your attention this month… or any month. They come here quite often. DOOR ¥3150

Club Spiral in Sakae from 14:00
Hatsune Miku is a 16 year old pop idol that is quickly taking the world by storm, and she is nearly 100% computer generated. I say ‘nearly’ because her voice is sampled from human idol Saki Fujita, who will be performing on this night. DOOR ¥3500

Monday, September 12

Joe Lally
Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:00
It’s been 8 years since Fugazi went on hiatus. And as sweet as it is to hear the somber bass lines of Joe Lally again, when are we going to get that &%$# reunion tour!? DOOR ¥3300

Quest for the Rest vol. 19
K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 18:30
Much like a child mixes together a bunch of random ingredients from the kitchen & somehow discovers a delicious treat; singer/songwriter Taka puts an eclectic selection of local musicians together to make a happy mistake for your ears. DOOR ¥1500

Wednesday, September 14

Linkin Park
Nippon Gaishi Hall from 19:00
On the elevator ride to hell, this is the muzak they play. DOOR ¥8800

Upcoming Events
Sept 18: Charity Film Festival 2011 @ The Red Rock
Sept 18: Nagoya Swings Workshop @ Shooters
Sept 24: Nagoya Players BBQ @ Tsurumai Koen
Oct 29: The Sexy Halloween Party @ Gen’s 2nd
Nov 1: The Foreign Aritsts Exhibition

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