The Obvious Circus Events Until 7/20


Japanese bureaucracy is a nightmare to foreigners and locals alike, but there are rare times when the powers-that-be get something right; and the happi monde seido is one of my favorites. Started in 1998, this system moved a number of public holidays to Monday in order to give the hard-working populace a good amount of 3-day weekends. And that, dear reader, is why you ain’t gotta work this Monday. So, no matter how you spend your Umi no Hi, whether hitting the beach in Utsumi, lounging by the pool or simply binge-watching your favorite shows, take a moment and give thanks to the government for picking one day to be a little less shitty.

On To The Calendar

Friday 18

white white sisters

Apollo Base in Shinsakae from 19:00

Celebrating the release of their first full-length album SOMETHING WONDROUS, WWS is some of the best indietronic music this scene has to offer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! DOOR ¥3000

Electronic Shocking Super Night

Out Record in Sakae from 21:00

By day, Out Record is an eclectic vinyl shop. After 16:00 it turns into a fairly happening sound bar, playing host to several small listening parties every month like this night of live electronic music and art, courtesy of Steve McLellan and crew. FREE

Saturday 19

Love Is The Message Release Party

Club Mago in Shinsakae from 22:00
Before disco became a pop phenomenon there was the Gallery, an underground club in New York. Who better to tell the story of the early days of that scene than Nicky Siano, founder of the Gallery and resident DJ of Club 54. His new documentary Love Is The Message tells the story of a single night at the Gallery in 1977, and he’s bringing that story, the fashion and the music to Nagoya for one night only. DOOR ¥4000

Hawaiian Night

Red Rock in Sakae from 18:00

One of the most popular social groups in town, a Nagoya Friends party is a great way to start your night off with delicious food, an open bar and fun people. Put on your Aloha shirt (or muumuu) and enjoy the excellent Polynesian served up by the talented kitchen of the Red Rock. All you can eat & drink for 3 hours for only ¥3500


Café Domina in Sakae from 22:00

Featuring Jamal Moss of Chicago and his experimental approach to dance music; you’re either going to love it or hate it. There is no room for lukewarm where sounds like this are involved. DOOR ¥2500

Shooting Star

Plastic Factory in Imaike from 22:00

DJ Rikiya and DJ Ino with a whole lot of funk and rock tunes make for a cool summer night to visit the Factory. DOOR ¥1000 (1D)


Diamond Hall in Shinsakae from 17:00
According to the flier, ART ROCK NIGHT, a monthly gig showcasing the best cover bands in Aichi, is celebrating their 80th anniversary; which, if not a typo, is damn impressive. They’ve got something for fans of stadium rock on this night, including acts playing the music of Led Zeppelin, Bay City Rollers, Boston & Journey. DOOR ¥3500


Club About in Sakae from 21:00

Another unique mix of dance music with live electronica from Cherryboy Function and DJs Macha, Kanbe and many more. DOOR ¥2000

Sunday 20

Nagoya Swings

Shooters in Fushimi from 18:00

Nagoya’s only international jazz dance group returns to Shooters, and anyone & everyone are welcome to join them for some ballroom style. Don’t let your two left feet stop you from dancing.  They’re offering bi-lingual introductory lessons for only ¥600. This is the best way to get introduced to East Coast Swing, Lindy Hop, the Charleston & more. Singles & couples are all welcome.

Hot Swing

8 Ball Social Club in Kita Nagoya from 16:00

For more of that 20s jazz sound, you can also check out this impressive lineup of bands and DJs, including Ryuji & Hot Club and Gypsy Swing Reunion. DOOR ¥2500 (1D)


Sound Lounge Zero-One in Sakae from 21:00

If you didn’t stick around for the Sexy Pool Party’s after party, then perhaps you don’t know about the hip new joint that all kids are jiving on about (I have no idea how slang works). If you haven’t been there yet, then check out the newest NAG MAG to read all about it. And then check out their new monthly party featuring the some of the best hip hop DJs in town, including Phantom, CAUJOON and Hunbule.

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