SE7EN DAYS LEFT
In one week the army of the damned will descend upon Nagoya to feast. There is no comparison to the onslaught in store for this town next weekend. It is our Mardi Gras, without having to give up anything for Lent after the party is over. If it’s your first Nag-O-Ween, don’t worry. NAGMAG has you covered with a comprehensive guide to the many parties happening around town this and next weekend. Pick up the newest issue on shelves now at all of your favorite local haunts, or you can check it out online.
On To The Calendar
Nagoya Friends Halloween Party
Red Rock in Sakae
Nagoya Friends Halloween meet’n’greet is for foreigners and Japanese people who want to make some new friends, which is probably a bit easier behind the anonymity of your Batman mask. Includes a costume contest, games, food and drinks at only ¥4000, or ¥3500 if you reserve on their website.
Halloween Party (for FREE!)
Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 21:00
Nagoya’s new favorite bar and restaurnt is offering one of the only parties in town without a cover charge. That, and all night one-coin bar, DJ dij spinning hit and taking requests until 3 AM and a costume contest. Could very well be the best party to kick off this season of the witch.
2014 HALLOWEEN BASH
Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00
Brought to you by Power English and the Jansu Belly Dance group, and includes All-U-Can Eat and Drink with a live DJ and prizes for the best costumes. DOOR ¥4000
John Butler Trio
Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 17:30
You may remember this funky, bluesy rock band from that poster you hung in your dorm room to impress those “hippy chicks”. DOOR ¥6500
Kids Halloween Party
Shooters in Fushimi at 11:30
Shooters gives parents a place to bring their little monsters for trick or treating, games and a costume parade. The party kicks off at 11:30. Kids 5 and under ¥500, ages 6-12 ¥1000 and adults are ¥1600.
Shooters in Fushimi from 19:00
After the rug rats clear out, Nagoya Swings is giving you another chance to wear that sexy Groot costume you worked so hard on! Featuring live music from the best cover band in town, The Hospy’s. Complimentary intro to swing dance lessons from 18:00, so get there early if you want to learn to cut a rug in style. Music charge of ¥1000, which comes with a special Halloween-themed cocktail (non-alcoholic choice available); and ¥500 drinks all night long.
Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00
This open mic night is the pulse of the international music and art scene in Nagoya. This month they’ve got the work of local artist Yuki Sugita in the second floor gallery, with a bonus live painting show on the first floor. If you wish to show of your own talent, get there early to sign up. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)
Club Quattro in Sakae from 17:30 | ¥4,800)
This Tokyo sextet (tee-hee) describes their music as “death jazz”. DOOR ¥4800
Club Upset in Ikeshita from 17:15 | ¥3,000)
Self-stylized as the Japanese Kinks, this young J-rock band scored a hit with their single Oh, Suzanna. Looking forward to hearing what they’ve been up to since then. DOOR ¥3000
Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentleman
Tokuzo in Imaike from 18:30
This legendary New Orleans band bring the funk in heavy doses. Very, very cool. DOOR ¥6500
K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:00
Placing bits of metal, glass, wood and tape on the strings and hammers, German composer Hauschka is a master of prepared piano, improvising strange yet beautiful music. Why he puts a vibrator on the keys, though, is anyone’s guess. DOOR ¥4500
iD Café in Sakae from 18:00
The biggest club in town kicks off 3 days of Halloween on the one day of the week you could probably use a party the most. And since they close at 1:00, you can get home early enough to do it again the next day.
Blue Note in Sakae
Sean Lennon’s newest project The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger is full of poignant vocals and avant-garde elements; a nice blend of the influences from both of his parents’ work. DOOR ¥7800