The Obvious Circus Events (Until 2/25)


There’s a new club on the Nagoya scene. The oddly-named ORCA is having its grand opening tonight. Located in the same building as the brand new (and equally nonsensically-dubbed) Don Quijote, this swanky spot is up on the eleventh and twelfth floors. And as you can only reach the top via two elevators, the wait can and will be a long one (you’ll see the line on the street). However, once you make it to the top, it’ll be well worth it. ORCA is easily the most modern dance club in Nagoya, with hi-tech lighting, display screens all over and an amazing sound system that manages to pump the 2 dance floors without deafening those at the bar. There’s also a private party room on the second level which I hear has an amazing view, but which I have not had the pleasure to experience (frowny face). All in all, it’s a damn fine destination for this or any weekend. But keep in mind they are on the “real club” time schedule, which means they close at 1 AM.

On To The Calendar

Friday 20

white white sisters

Club Upset in Ikeshita from 18:30

Hot on the heels of their nation-wide tour for their first full-length album, the excellent Something Wondrous, WWS is coming home for a show with She Her Her Hers and asobius. DOOR ¥3000

Meet The Players

Coat of Arms in Fushimi from 19:00

Nagoya has one of the most vibrant Thespian communities in all of Japan, and it started with the Nagoya Players 30 years ago. On this night you can catch up with this famous troupe when they discuss their plans for the season and welcome new members to tread the boards. DOOR ¥1000

NATTY vol. 3

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

A party for fans of Grime, Jungle and other bass-heavy music that is predominately popular in the UK, featuring guest DJ Yudai Goto and his newly released EP “Never Say Never”. WITH A FLYER ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000


Club About in Sakae from 21:00

Another unique mix of house music with DJs Macha, Kanbe and many more. ADV ¥1000 / DOOR ¥1500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

Techno party with local DJs. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000

Saturday 21

Music 4 Tohoku

Gotham City in Shinsakae from 19:00

To further raise money for the upcoming 400k Tokyo 2 Tohoku Charity Run starting on February 26, a local group of musicians will be performing at Nagoya’s newest live house. ¥1500 gets you in and a free drink and chances to win swag from local businesses, with all the proceeds going to charity. It’s a great chance to help out a very noble cause.


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 23:00

If you’re going to be in Shinsakae anyway, you can always after party with the amazing DJs Sonic Weapon and Jaguar P at this house-music event.  ADV ¥2000 / DOOR ¥2500 (1D)

Sunday 22

The Harmonium Parlour

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 19:00 | ¥1,000)

Whether you sing, dance or perform Native American tribal chants, backward, through a vocoder while accompanying yourself on the electric cello, this open mic and art space is still the best event to see and get seen by the many talented members of our community. In the upstairs gallery this month they’ve got a group exhibition featuring Jason Weller, Rebecca Irby and Denise Hewitt. DOOR ¥1000

Monday 23

Nippon Gaishi Hall in Kasadera from 18:00

In a move that surprised only the fans too young to remember that they once made a disco album, this long-lived rock band did a recent collab with the Japanese idol group Momoiro Clover Z, producing a sound obviously inspired by the Internet sensation BABYMETAL. To further stress the metric ton of fucks not given, when questioned as to their reasons, Paul Stanley simply answered “Because we can.” DOOR ¥12,500

Wednesday 25

The fin.

Club Rock and Roll in Shinsakae from 18:30

This Kobe-based bands’ debut album Days With Uncertainty, from start to finish, is just pleasant songs that could be enjoyed by any fan of the newer wave of indie rock music. The upbeat Brisbane band Last Dinosaurs will be accompanying them on this tour. DOOR ¥3000

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