The Obvious Circus Events Calendar (Until 6/27)


Nothing to see here (read below for an important notice), I just thought it was a cool title.

WHAT’S GOT ME FUME’n: anti-dance Nazis

OK, this story has been making the social media rounds for quite some time now, and I’ve touched on it here and there. But this time, it’s personal. Japan has a series of adult entertainment laws known as Fuzoku laws that have been used to regulate nightspots since after WWII. Recently more and more of these antiquated rules have been enforced in shockingly greater instances, especially the ones that pertain to dancing. Under a 1984 addition to the laws, it is illegal to dance at any establishment that does not have the specific license, which most venues cannot get because they don’t meet the corresponding size requirement. What this means is that more and more party spots are being raided and/or shut down across the nation, and even Nagoya has felt the sting. Earlier this month I was disheartened when I learned that one of my favorite scenes had crumbled to the pressure from the authorities and had covered their entire dance floor in tables and chairs to discourage dancing. While I respect any business owner trying to protect theirs, I have no respect for these laws or the flimsy reasoning the police have for enforcing them. That is why I am encouraging all of you to head to Let’s Dance right now and sign the online petition to have these laws changed or completely struck down. If we continue to allow them to take away our dancing, it won’t be long before were all living in a 1980s Kevin Bacon movie. And NO ONE wants that… ever.

On to the calendar!

Thursday 21st

Satellite Stories

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:30

Have a listen to “Helsinki Art Scene”, the newest single from this Finnish indie foursome, and just try not to dance… just don’t let them Ge-stop-yo-dancing Police catch ya. Highly Recommended. DOOR ¥4000

Friday 22nd

Johnson’s Motorcar

Club Quattro in Sakae from 18:00

I missed this awesome Tokyo band last month, but not this time. After the Pogues, they are my favorite Irish punk band (Admittedly, I’d be hard-pressed to name a third). DOOR ¥2800

House Beat

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

To the best of my knowledge JB’s has been mostly unaffected by the anti-dancing laws, whether through having the proper paperwork or greasing the right palms. I imagine it would take a lot to take down this juggernaut of the club scene. However, the %100 pure, uncut house music that DJ SUGIURUMN drops could probably be classified as an illegal stimulant. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

Saturday 23rd

Nagoya Friends Party

Red Rock in Sakae from 18:00 – 21:00

The Nagoya Friends social group is returning to the Red Rock (and the EC) with their Down Under Party, and, as always, it’s a great place to fuel up on all-you-can-consume food and drinks before hitting the town for a night of “non-dancing”. This month’s theme is Aussie fare, so you can expect delicious kangaroo, Aussie beef and koala (I’m certain one of those is a fib).  There will also be a trivia game with many exciting prizes from down under (oh, I do hope it’s a date with Yahoo Serious. I miss that guy). DOOR ¥3000

Gold Experience

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

As their name states, Domina is technically a café, and therefore dancing is illegal on the premises. The owners have posted signs to that fact in and outside of their space, which go mostly unheeded. And they continue to offer food at most of their events in what I can only assume is a brilliant camouflage against all of the Inspector Clouseaus on the Nagoya police force. “See, officer. We’re not dancing. We’ve just been moved by the deliciousness of this burger”. Join the silent protest (because talking with your mouth full is rude) with a live performance from Dorian and lots of da… I mean, eating music. ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500

Democrats Abroad Japan Info Meeting

In Chayagaska on the Meijo Line from 14:00

Now to say that the EC has political endeavors (outside of subverting the anti-boogie bureaucracy) is absurd. However, Daniel Ostrander is very political, and very happy to learn that Nagoya has its own DAJ chapter. If you want to learn more about voter registration for American ex-pats and the upcoming 2012 presidential election, than be at this open-to-all meeting this Saturday. For more information, please email Christine or Brian. Refreshments are available, but BYOB.

House Revenge

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

I’m a huge fan of Tokyo’s DJ EMMA’s rocking house mixes, and am always happy when he headlines this regular dance party. To be honest, his sets are some of the best you’re likely to hear at Mago, after DJ OGAWA that is. Luckily, on this night, you’ll get both big name DJs for the price of one. ADV ¥3000 / DOOR ¥3500 (1D)


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

The Factory is showing some love for us children of the 80s (and all the wannabes). Featuring another amazing live performance from ZENGO KANKEI (a guy whose knowledge of New Wave music puts my own to shame) with vocals by Matthew Bowden along with DJ Music Machine. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)


Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

DJ CMT is releasing a new mix CD “BLOOM” on this night along with DNT, YAMICA and a lot more names I have to type with my caps lock on. ADV ¥2500 / DOOR ¥3000

Nayabashi Yoichi Matsuri
By the canal in Nayabashi from 11:00
I know absolutely zilch about Nayabashi, wherever that is. The only thing I do know that I love Japanese festivals, moreso when they are river adjacent, and I love Daihachi Ryodan, Nagoya longest lasting gaijin band. Put those two together, make it free, and you can color me there!

Sunday 24th

Harmonium Parlour

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00

While many have been worried into inaction by these anti-fun laws, local indie superstars, Semi-On, continues to offer a sanctuary where all are welcome to be creative in and off the dance floor. Besides all the great open-mic performances on the main stage and the work of photographer Kelly Scott in the upstairs gallery, there will also be a bonus live art show on the first floor by Kouhei Yamauchi. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Rudy and My People Band

Shooters in Fushimi from 20:00

Rudy, the sax-man, is a Nagoya institution. When he blows, all the ladies fall down. I could not be more excited that he and the My People Band are finally playing at venues that people actually want to go to. Welcome back to civilization, gentlemen!

Monday 24th


Zepp Nagoya near Nagoya Station from 18:00

m-flo, Taku Takahashi, VERBAL: if you’re into Japanese hip hop that lineup is sure to make you happy. To everyone else, just nod your head and try to look like you’re in-the-know. DOOR ¥6500

Wednesday 27th

Atsuta Musical Series

Atsuta Mini Theatre near JR Atsuta Station from 13:30

Along with Minami Ward’s one coin movie series, this monthly viewing of classic films for only ¥500 is a trend that I hope to see more of this year. And this one is sure to make all you Judy Garland fans happy, as they will be showing Frank Capra’s The Wizard of Oz, in all its Technicolor glory.

Upcoming Events

June 28 Reichelt and Tomo Shaga Tribute Band @ K.D. Japon
July 14 and 15 Three Guys One Pub Dinner Theater @ Shooters
July 26 Wanna Be Child @ Club JB’s
July 28 Sound Machine Beach Party @ Utsumi

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