The Obvious Circus Events (Until 11/28)


It may be a little dated, but I can think of no better way to welcome in this long Thanksgiving weekend (Kinro-kan…wha?!?!) then 2 turkeys beat-boxin’. Congrats, dubstep. Your 15 minutes are over.

WHAT’S GOT ME THANK’N: Real Thanksgiving Dinners

Let’s face facts. American Thanksgiving is the REAL Thanksgiving! Better luck next time, Canada. Maybe if Mr. Frobisher had actually found the Northwest Passage… In honor of America’s dominance in the global market of giving thanks, several local businesses will be serving special turkey dinners tonight and throughout the weekend. These include Shooters, MyBar and a special Nagoya Mixer Party thanksgiving buffet this Saturday at the Red Rock in Sakae. Get your giblets on!

On to the calendar!

Friday 23rd


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

It’s going to get epic when DJ Ogawa shares the stage with internationally-famed producer John Digweed. DOOR ¥3500

Jah Shaka

Radix in Tsurumai from 17:00

This legend of roots reggae returns to Radix, Nagoya’s home for Jamaican-born sounds. DOOR ¥3500

Black Box

Club About in Sakae from 22:00

I like my techno minimal (so minimal you can’t hear it B-DUMP-BUMP… swear I’ve used that joke before). What’s no joke is how much I actually enjoy the live sounds of Kult Q, who is performing at this screaming to be noticed club down from the Red Rock. DOOR ¥1500

Saturday 24th

Born To Funk

iD Café in Sakae from 19:00

Besides being one of the nicest DJs I have ever had the pleasure to meet, Mr. To Funk is a leader of the international tribal house scene, and his sets are the funk and shake that epic nights are made of. With support from local superstars Andy S. and Toida, this is just another of the many excuses to head to iD.

Dream Cube in Sakae from 18:00

I’ve already used “swing-tastic” to describe the Duck and the Billys anniversary party last weekend, so I’m at a remiss for how to detail this impressive lineup of jazz acts including AKO and Dark Blue Swingers as well as Charlie’s Playhouse. How does “amaze-swing” sound?

David Dycus

Country Joe in Shinsakae

Mr. Dycus’ music is a much-needed warm blanket against this cold weather. It’ll be good to hear his beautiful vocals and slide-guitar mastery after an extended hiatus.


Café Ocean in Nishio from 22:00

A bit further afield than I am wont to mention, but the amazing electro-funk band BLANKA will be releasing their second full length album Ocean Pyramid on this night. And that makes the 45 minute train ride well worth it! ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500


Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:00

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 Nick Shotter (AKA Sound Machine AKA Nick Sharp) as well as DJ Kaol (which I am almost certain is NOT a pseudonym for Mr. Shotter. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Sunday 25th

Harmonium Parlour

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00

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, there will be an exhibition of the art from the students of IPE Academy and Nitty Gritty English. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)

Wednesday 28th

James Goater Exhibit

Daikokuya Gallery in Sakae until December 6

Local painter and one of the best supporters of the local art community, James Goater, will be showing his beautifully detailed “portraits” of Edo era architecture.  This nice bit of beauty and culture is a welcome change of pace from the things I usually write about, so enjoy it while it is here. The exhibit runs every day until next Tuesday. The Daikokuya Gallery is located opposite the Washington Hotel, which is a three-minute walk from Sakae Subway Exit 1.

Upcoming Events

December 1 Nagoya Winter Jam @ KC Bar
December 8 The Metro Party @ Lover:Z
December 15 Ghost of Matsubara and Kat McDowell @ Studio 246
December 16 The Winter Snow Ball @ The Winter Garden


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