The Obvious Circus Events (Until 7/7)


The beginning of July can be a difficult time for North American expats, with both Canada Day and Independence Day falling on the first week. Without access to everything that makes these days “holi”, it’s hard not to feel isolated. How’s a red-blooded ‘Merican supposed to celebrate freedom without hot dogs, M-80 fireworks and Lee Greenwood blasting out of pickup trucks? As for my northern kin, it cannot be easy in Japan to find a tub of maple syrup and a randy beaver with which to have sex in and with (I may be fuzzy on contemporary Canada Day traditions).

Still, Japan isn’t without its own July festivities. This weekend is Tanabata, or the star festival. In honor of the lining up of two stars, children all over Japan write down their wish on a piece of colored paper, and tie that paper to a bamboo branch… that’s it!?!? Where’s the booze? The BBQ? The beavers?! Hey, Orihime and Hikoboshi, I wish your holiday didn’t suck.

On To The Calendar

Friday 5


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

DJ Noiri is headlining this night of a most unlikely combo. From Domina’s own website: “ROCKxCLUB JAZZ=!!??” I couldn’t be bothered to put it better myself.  Before 23:00, ¥1000 / After 23:00, ¥1500 (1D)

Saturday 6

white white sisters and HOT HOT SEX

Apollo Theater in Shinsakae from 23:30

These two awesome bands are pulling the Nagoya rock scene, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century. They both have new albums you need to own. DOOR ¥2300

Absolum Japan Tour

X-Hall in Osu Kannon from 23:00

Grab your glow-sticks! This French DJ’s frenetic psytrance will give you second-hand Ecstasy buzz. DOOR ¥4000

Summer Night Drink

Da!Bar in Sakae

To help keep the summer blahs away, the lovely people of Da!Bar are offering a ¥500 drink menu all night long. And if you get in before 22:00, you’ll receive a free shot.

Sunday 7

RockaRolla vol. 4

MyBar in Sakae from 19:00

Amazing, hard rocking band eleven might be giving away the music at this free event, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tip. I know for a fact that drummer Chihiro is partial to Jack Daniels.

Cosplay Party

Radix in Tsurumai from 14:00

Making a completely 180 from their usual reggae and hip hop fare, Radix is giving their audience what they really want: cute girls in costumes. DOOR ¥4000

Tanabata Celebration

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 21:30

DJ Daniel Cheah and friends with a hodgepodge assortment of music. Wear a yukata and you can get a free drink. DOOR ¥1500 (1D)

Nagoya Pub Quiz

The Elephant’s Nest in Fushimi from 19:45

If the Elephant’s Next isn’t Nagoya’s oldest British style pub, they’re the most authentic (says the man who’s only exposure to British culture is Doctor Who). Along with all the ales and brews you’d expect to find, they’ve also got some of the best dart boards in Nagoya. They also play host to this regular pub mainstay. You can put together a team of your brightest friends, and take on the challenge of 7 rounds of questions. Entry is ¥1000 with the proceeds going to charity.

Velvet Sunday

Club JB’s in Sakae from 22:00

The first Sunday of the month means that DJs Shigeta, Takahashi and Jin will be back at JB’s with some very chill house music. ADV ¥1500 / DOOR ¥2000 (1D)

newbies vol. 8

Club About in Sakae from 16:00

Have you ever passed by a pachinko parlor when the doors are open? Besides the nauseating waft of tobacco and terrible life choices, you are assaulted by horrible, saccharine electronic music. If you take that noise and speed it up even more, it’ll give you an idea of what will be served at this hardcore/gabber party.


July 14 Nagoya Metro Party @ Lover:Z
July 20 Nagoya Summer Jam @ X-Hall
August 3 Natural Rhythm @ Club JB’s
November 6~11 Foreign Artist Exhibition 2012 @ The International Center

*submissions accepted from August*

November 23~24 Dreamcatcher @ Chikusa Playhouse

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