The Obvious Circus Events (Until 4/8)


Earlier this week, for just the briefest of moments, the perfect combination of weather, blossoming and vacation time came together for the best hanami I have had in a while. And then the rainy season came along and reminded me that fine weather, much like the beauty of the sakura petals, is fleeting in Nagoya. You can still check out the blossoms all over town, if you don’t mind the cold, wind and rain.

But once the last petal has fallen, you can be sure the beautiful weather will return, just in time for the opening of Nagoya Players’ newest show next Friday. The Club, written by David Williamson, is a much-loved Australian drama that takes a biting look at the world of professional sports. Tickets are still available for the five performances. Visit to reserve yours now.

On to the calendar!

Friday 3

Nicholas Krgovich

K.D. Japon in Tsurumai from 19:00

This Canadian pop singer’s music may be cool and sexy, but he simply must stop dancing in his music videos. He’s touring right now with Brooklyn-based experimental musician Deradoorian and Ikeda Yusuke of tigerMos, one of my new favorite local bands. DOOR ¥3500

The Sound Of Manchester

Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00
The Hollies, The Bee Gees, The Smiths, Joy Division, The Stone Roses and (ugh) Oasis, Manchester has been on the forefront of music for decades. Listening to the mixes of DJ Jonny Dub, it’s clear that city is still streets ahead. DOOR ¥1500


Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00

House music party with some talented local DJ at a damn fine price. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000

Saturday 4


Club JB’s in Sakae from 21:00

DJ Mixture has a love of classic house music that he expresses in his crowd-moving sets as a resident of the Tokyo club scene. He’s bringing that passion to the biggest party this month, alongside local heroes AGO, Babur, Nick Edges, Matt S and more. MCs, dancers, live performances, an art show; there’s a lot happening at this party, and it’s all good. DOOR ¥2000

Tennessee Cats

Boogeedy Boo in Imaike from 20:00

This rockabilly band hails from Osaka, but their sound is straight outta Memphis. This is a great chance to check out this hip sound bar in Imaike. DOOR ¥1000

Get On Your Feet And Jam

Gotham City in Shinsakae from 20:00

The local music scene is so vibrant these days that I am having trouble keeping up with all these new bands. This new-to-me super group consists of some of the most talented musicians in Nagoya, including Lesley B. on the bass, Adam D. on the drums and Takashi T. on guitar. After the show, they’re going to have an open jam session. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)
Live Music Night

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 20:00

Along with GC Live, the Factory is on the forefront of this live music renaissance, supporting local talent such as Bob Vidler, Xandra Corpora and Luke Cuerden, all performing on this night.


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

This oddly-named event is celebrating 8 years of bringing the soul and the funk back to Nagoya. DOOR ¥1500

W.W.J 2nd !mpact
Club Buddha in Shinsakae from 21:00

Special Guest DJs Julie Watai and Yu Namiki are going to be spinning some J-pop and anime trax at this one. But local cosplayers Mizusaki Float and Miya will be the main attractions. DOOR ¥3000

Gold Apple 2015

Club Mago and Lounge Vio in Shinsakae from 20:00
Live music or DJ, the long-standing battle of what makes for a better party. However, this event won’t make you choose. Live performances in Vio with DJs in Mago; the best of both worlds.  DOOR ¥4500

Sunday 5

Swingin’ Under the Sakura

Meijo Koen from 10:00

Local jazz dance troupe Nagoya Swings is hosting a unique hanami this Sunday. Along with the normal fare of drinks, food and fun people, there will also be music and a chance to learn some basic swing dance. The event is free and BYOB. In case of rain, please check their Facebook page for updates.

Wednesday 8

Computer Magic

Tokuzo in Imaike from 19:00

Electropop has a very niche market, somewhere between those old enough to remember the 80s to those young enough to have yet learned that a Casio keyboard is not a suitable substitute for a band. Even so, Danielle Johnson’s beautiful synth-driven music has found an impressive fan base here in Japan. DOOR ¥5500

Jeff Kollman
Bottom Line in Imaike from 18:30

A guitar virtuoso, Mr. Kollman has picked, shredded and strummed the world over with some of the biggest names in the industry. DOOR ¥5000

Alisa Ueno

Club ORCA in Sakae from 19:00

Designer, model, DJ and director of her own fashion label, Ms. Ueno is a powerhouse of creativity. Check out her clothing brand FIG&VIPER at and her mixes at ORCA.

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