The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 3/17)


Probably should’ve phrased that better, but I’m just too excited! White Day, St. Patrick’s Day Parade and The Honen Matsuri; three amazing happenings all jam-packed into one crazy, weekend-long party. It’s a good thing next weekend is a 3-day. We’re going to need it after the hangover this one is going to leave… oh, yeah! It’s Friday the thirteenth, too! WILD!

On to the calendar!

Friday 13

Tough Cookies

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 19:30

Denise Hewitt, Andrea Manning and Aya Kawakami, 3 of the most talented singers currently performing in Nagoya, invite you to join them for a night of music inspired by “heartbreak, revenge, and being SO over it”. DOOR ¥500

The Mighty Jah Observer

X-Hall in Osu from 23:00
This talented selector hails from Jamaica but has settled in the UK, where he spins classic dub and roots tracks for the whitest Reggae fans in the world. DOOR ¥2500

Saturday 14

White Day Whiteout

Lover:Z in Shinsakae from 22:00

Since there’s just so much happening this Saturday, I’m going to go ahead and put this right here on the top so we don’t forget that the best party in Nagoya is happening tonight (and every second Saturday of the month). Madame d’Metro has planned an explosive White Day with great DJs, a fun, frenetic floor show and just the friendliest, most accepting crowd of clubbers you’ll ever meet. DOOR ¥2500 (2D)

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Osu Shopping Arcade from 12:00

Get on your green this Saturday and head to the Osu Shopping Arcade for one of Nagoya most popular international festivities, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The event kicks off at noon with the parade starting at 14:00. There will be music, juggling, dancing, face-painting and lots of fun for the family to enjoy. At 17:30, the TV Tower will turn green in celebration of the special day. Afterwards, the party shifts to the many pubs in the area, including Shooters, The Red Rock and The Elephant’s Nest.

Brian Cullen and Friends

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 20:00

For the 10 years that I’ve been living here, the best St. Patty’s Parade after party has been wherever this Irish son hangs his hat and picks up his mandolin. Dr. Brian Cullen returns to the CoA with his many talented friends including Tomonori Shimizu and his fiddle, the much-loved Tom Fallon and Shu Nakamura. It’s just isn’t a decent celebration of Ireland without some good folk music from the Old Country.

Riot Girl

Cafe Domina in Sakae from 23:00

I love a good indie rock DJ event, but this weekend it’s gonna have to take a back seat to all the festivals and live music. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000

Sunday 15

Honen Matsuri

Tagata Shrine in Komaki

Or “Penis Festival” if you’re nasty! About a 30 minute train ride from Nagoya, this popular fertility celebration always attracts a shockingly large number of people willing to trample one another for a chance to touch a wooden dong being paraded around town. Fun for the whole family! Follow the link above if you want to join the popular Nagoya Adventure Club’s outing to Komaki this Sunday.

Two Year Anniversary

Coat of Arms in Fushimi

Happy Birthday to Jim and his amazing staff! From their excellent menu to the fine lineup of amazing parties and live acts, CoA has become one of Nagoya’s favorite spots. To thank all for the support, they’re offering 15% off on this day (up to ¥5000). Here’s to twenty more years!

Tuesday 17


Zepp Nagoya in Nagoya from 18:00

I caught these guys in their hometown of Yokohama my first year in Japan. They had just released their seminal album Sol-fa, but I couldn’t have cared less. I was there for the opening band (The Rentals). However, I am damn glad I didn’t walkout before they came on stage and completely changed my mind about Japanese indie rock. I’m an Ajikan fan for life! DOOR ¥5300

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