THE COUNTDOWN TO TERROR: The Obvious Circus Calendar (Until 10/5)

October is here and we are only 4 weeks away from the biggest event of the year, Halloween!  And with a whole weekend of parties lined up, I hope you’ve already got your costume sorted.  No?!  Than, my friend, you better check out NAGMAG’s Halloween Make Up and Fashion Tips with Nagoya’s own Connoisseur of Gore, David Mazzucchi.

On to the calendar!

Thursday, September 29 

Scrooges in Hyperspace

Huck Finn in Imaike from 19:00

Hyper Space Real Junk F, a night of several DJs playing an eclectic mix of New Wave, punk, oldies, indie and alternative music, is even better this month with the inclusion of Miggy and the Scrooges.  This local cover band is a side project of several of the members from Oran and Unsound, and includes the much-loved Miki on vocals.  Even better, the event is still FREE, and all drinks are only ¥500 each.


Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 19:30

Dinosaur Jr, Folk Implosion, Deep Wound, Sebadoh: Indie rock icon Lou Barlow’s resume reads like the playlist of one of my college-era mixtapes.  DOOR ¥4500

Friday, September 30

Peach Pit

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

The PP party people present Peach Pit, a gay party that is open to everyone with an open mind., featuring several DJs playing the best in house music until the early morning.  And what’s a gay party without a floor show?  The royalty of Nagoya drag queens will be showing their stuff (well, not ALL their stuff), along with the sexy gyrations of the lovely LBST dancers.  DOOR ¥2000

Comic Book Discussion and Swap Meet

Mondo Lounge in Kamimaezu from 18:00

Comics, manga, funny books, whatever you may call them; this group is for anyone living in the central Japan area who is dedicated to the graphic novel format.  So all of you geeks out there get off of your couches, head to Mondo Lounge and … sit on their couches.  FREE

Entrepreneurs Showcase

NHK Building (16F) in Sakae from 18:30
Tired of teaching?  Looking to start your own business in Japan, but not sure where to begin?  Then let the Nagoya Independent Business Committee give you some tips.  This workshop features Mike Bagely (MB Prints) and Trevor David (RAN Magazine), who will share their stories of moving from teacher to entrepreneur.  MEMBERS ¥1000 / GUESTS ¥1500, register at

Saturday, October 1


Club Atlantis in Nakamura Koen from 21:00

A who’s who of local DJs playing a cornucopia of club sounds at Nagoya’s best-kept secret, Secret Club Atlantis. No maps or directions exist… except, it would now seem, right here.  So, if you want in on this exclusive party, you better check it out on Facebook!  Get there before 23:00, and only pay ¥1500; after and it’s ¥2000.  Includes a free drink with a BBQ on the balcony.

Swinging Holics

DayTrive/Trim in Shinsakae from 19:00

Burlesque has been making quite the comeback recently.  I guess when considering the eye-gougingly large amounts of free porn online, there is something subtle and seductive about the art of the strip-tease.  On this night you can watch Tokyo-fave Blanche Neige Masako own the stage besides swinging bands such as Betty Angelica, Strings Club and PIGMEET STRUT.  ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 23:00
The Wicked Crew helped pioneer the San Francisco club scene in the 90s, and this month DJs Garth, Thomas Bullock and JENO are bringing that deep house sound to Japan.  ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500

Studio Apartment

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00
Masanori Morita, of the famous Studio Apartment house music team, will be DJing on this night with several local DJs.  Studio Apartment is well-known around the world as some of the best producers of Japanese dance music.  ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

RAN Music Café

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00
Touted as THE MOST ECLECTIC NIGHT OF DJs and BANDS in NAGOYA, the lineup for this event includes DJ Maddlove.  DOOR 1000 (1D)

SKY International Event

Sky Sports Bar in Imaike from 19:00
The International party people are returning to this high class sports bar for another night of socializing and intoxicating.  They have a limit of RSVPs, so act fast.  3 hours all-you-can-drink for ¥1500 and food for ¥500

Sunday, October 2

Anison Matsuri!

Spiral in Sakae from 13:00 – 22:00

I’m willing to bet that many of you reading this right now are, at least in some small way, an Otaku.  Whether that fandom stems from your love of video games, your penchant for big eyes and speed lines or that embarrassingly large collection of AKB48 merchandise you’ve got under your bed; chances are you’ll be able to let out your inner-geek on this day of cartoon soundtracks, cosplay, video game music and AMVs.  ¥2000 (1D) 


Huck Finn in Imaike from 16:30

British hardcore punk + Huck Finn = boot prints on the backs of those unprepared for the mosh pit.  DOOR ¥3500

Fragile vol. 4

Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 19:00

However, if you prefer indie rock to curb-stomping punk, than DJ Yamada and crew will hook you up.  DOOR ¥2000

Nagoya Current Affairs Discussion Group

Mondo Lounge in Kamimaezu from 14:00

After weeks on end spent forever discussing the weather and favorite foods with students, several ex-pats long for a heartier conversation.  If you are hungry for a talk that eats like a meal, than check out this monthly get together of like-minded individuals discussing a wide variety of topics including Japanese politics and SNZZZZZZ… wh-wha-what happened?!  Sorry, I must have drifted off.  Did someone say something about Japanese politicsSSSNZZZZZZZZ…

Tuesday, October 4

Canadian Thanksgiving Dinner

MyBar in Sakae

For those of you not in the know, “Canadian Thanksgiving celebrates explorer Martin Frobisher’s valiant but failed attempt to find a passage west” and OH MY GOD is that boring.  Well, all I really care about is that it means I can get my turkey on a month before the real Thanksgiving.  And you can, too, for only ¥1500 which comes with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and veggies.  Special available until Monday the 10th.

Wednesday, October 5

Scorpion Death Rock

Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00

DJs MOTOKI, RYO, YO-HEY, NAO take everything that was great about the 1950s, the music and the fashion, and leave out the bad, like the Cold War and racism.  DOOR 1500

Extreme the DOJO vol. 28

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

A night of the blackest of death metal (or the deathiest of black metal) that Northern Europe has to offer: VADER, Watain and Witchery.  DOOR ¥7500

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